But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)
Time - it's one of those things with which we humans seem to be obsessed. The cosmetics industry sell products which claim to effectively reverse or slow down the effects of time on our skin and looks. A quick look in a bookstore or a Google search online will provide one with various books and techniques for improving one's time management. As a busy mother of two little ones, I am always wishing for more time to get our various activities and chores done or wondering why things can't be done faster. And as someone who struggles with impatience, waiting for answers to queries, a task to be completed or just for the red light to turn green can be tedious.
But God views time differently from us. He is patient and his timing is always perfect. God doesn't run late, he never runs out of time or makes mistakes; I would even say that, being eternal, he is outside of time. The Bible tells us that God is never slow to keep his promises, but that he does everything at the right time. I know that sometimes that can be hard to remember, epsecially when you have been calling out for an answer to prayer or wondering why something happened in your life. Did you know that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years before God brought them out and led them to the promised land? Reading that passage in Exodus certainly put things into perspective a little for me!
So what does this mean for us? For me, it is a reminder to be patient like God is, and to remember that he does care for us and keeps his promises in good time. It is also a reminder that I need to pray to God, asking for patience and for an increased trust in Him. What about you? Are you still waiting for an answer to prayer? Or do you need to work on your patience? Then don't forget to spend some time in prayer and take comfort in the knowledge that God's timing is right.