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When Is God in a Hurry?

ariseThe mercy of God is incredible.

He is absolutely intent on fulfilling His promises and word. He is also equally serious about the consequences of sin and iniquities (i.e., the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23]). I do see a difference in the two however.

He rushes into restoration and delays on any sort of destruction.

Jesus said many times to His disciples that He would die, be buried three days, then rise again. You ever think about the fact that Friday afternoon to Sunday morning is technically three days, but a short three days? It’s certainly not three twenty-four hour periods!

The Spirit of God was rushing to bring restoration to the hearts and lives of mankind through salvation that created a person anew. God rushed so that His Holy One would not see decay (Psalm 16:10). All of hell rejoiced at their “win,” while God looked in expectation to act as quickly as possible.

It’s hard to see in the dark days, believe me, I know. It seems that justice has been denied, that wrong has won, that hope is lost. But take a moment to envision your Father, the one who dances and rejoices over you (Zephaniah 3:17), eagerly awaiting the perfect time to fulfill His promise for you.

But what about the other side, the judgment?

Matthew 24 lays out Jesus’ prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. This signified the age of Moses being over and the age of Messiah truly established. The judgment for the idolatry of ritual and form without substance (or the Presence) would be final as Jesus said, “within this generation” (Matthew 24:34).

A generation in Jewish understanding would have been 40 years. From the time, of Jesus speaking this around 30 AD, it was probably every bit of 40 years in 70 AD when the atrocities and judgment of God came upon Jerusalem. Isn’t that amazing?

God’s patience bothered some people or made them question Jesus’ words, but as Peter reminded them, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

I realize there are delays in our lives for various reasons, but I also believe that God is not toying with you and me. He is eager to fulfill and happy to do it, not begrudgingly or reluctantly. If you embrace the wrong path, wrong attitude, wrong motivations–He patiently gives you opportunity after opportunity to repent, to turn around.

Sometimes there are things inside you that must be dealt with according to His grace and kindness so that the greater blessing can come. Sometimes the thief has to be dealt with so he can’t have room to take what God intended as a blessing.

Whatever the case, I remind myself and I hope you see–God delights in restoring. God is the author of salvation.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. –Psalm 25:5

What are your thoughts on this? Have you experienced this in your own life?

8 Comments

  1. Have to admit Jason I am glad God is patient. Much more so than i am. I’m glad His first reaction to events is not the same as mine. I flash. I jump. I judge. I fight. He is the epitome of patience.
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    • So thankful! His patience for me is astounding and I should be equally as ready to embrace His patience for others instead of jumping to judgment. Thanks Bill.

  2. Good lesson and points. Just this morning before I read I prayed and thanked God for all He hasn’t given me that my heart desired that would have brought calamity in my life. His timing is perfect, especially in regards to what we can handle and when we can handle it. Everyday He shows His love, mercy, and grace… and we rarely see it… until we get to hindsight if we turn to see it.

    • Perfect timing--we may not understand it, but He certainly does. And He is so gracious as He desires to fulfill and bring forth life and restoration. Thanks so much, Floyd.

  3. Trusting His divine wisdom and timing can be challenging when we’re in the middle of a struggle. It comes down to remembering “He is love.” Everything comes from His loving mercy and grace. Living that out means we have to stay focused on Him not on ourselves.
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    • Love is the key. Struggles won’t last, but love remains after all. Thank you, Deb.

  4. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” Love this sentence, need to print it out and put all around me. so easy when going through a struggle to keep this in mind. The results of God delaying anything is only to show His glory and built that same character in us of being patience. Good post brother.

    • So hard to remember isn’t it? There is a greater level of His glory building--our momentary light afflictions that aren’t worth comparing to the weight of His glory to be revealed in us! Thank you, Betty.

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