Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Captured by Grace Devotionals Day 22



Different Timetables


Wait on your God continually.

Hosea 12:6



In a new translation of the Consolations of the German monk, Thomas à Kempis, we find an interesting translation of John 7:6, which is the verse where Jesus told His brothers to go on to Jerusalem for, said Jesus, the right time had not come for Him; but anytime was right for them.  In Consolations by à Kempis, Jesus simply said, in paraphrase: “We’re on different timetables, you and I.”


Do you ever sense God saying that to you: “We’re on different timetables, you and I”?  It often seems that God’s schedule is different from our own.  We want to go, go, go; but God says, “Wait, wait, wait.”  It takes time for His providential orderings to fall into place, and it takes a while for our own faith and patience to fully ripen.  That’s why King David said, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).


Warren Wiersbe wrote, “The ability to calm your soul and wait before God is one of the most difficult things in the Christian life.  Our old nature is restless . . . the world around us is frantically in a hurry.  But a restless heart usually leads to a reckless life.”


His timetable is always best!



Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.

Andrew Murray


Recommended Reading: John 7:6-9


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