God's Timing

David Mitts


“And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says, “AT A FAVORABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON A DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “A FAVORABLE TIME,” behold, now is “A DAY OF SALVATION”—”  (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)


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Part of the deliverance of God is the timing of God. We have all ordered something and used the tracking information to know when to expect the package to arrive. The arrival is at a specific point in time and to a specific location.

Reading 2 Cor 6:1-2, we see the concept of a favorable time. Let’s talk first about the biblical Hebraic concept of time. In biblical time we live in a cycle of seasons that occur in a circular manner. Every year we cycle through seedtime and harvest. There is no way to rush the process and honor God in the process. What is essential is the amplification by the addition of God and His favor to the process. Lisa and I want to look at 7 key scriptures that reveal some key aspects of God and his timing and share some insights from our own life experience.

1. “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9)
  • God’s timing contains variables that we cannot see in our current circumstances. These include key relationships and the heart of the Shepherd.
2. “The mind of a person plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
  • We make plans but God reserves the right to alter our steps to go along the path He selects for us.
3. “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven—” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • Like the Feasts of the Lord, God has an appointed time for our seasons of life. Many times we are wondering, “why isn’t this happening like God promised it?”
  • Our appointment isn’t yet
4. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)
  • Even when we think everything is in alignment, things can change, delays or new directions
5. “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
  • God is for our good, our prosperity and brings us eternal hope.
  • He waits for us to call upon Him and know that He is with us and loves us.
6. “The LORD is good to those who await Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
  • This is the master key for our lives. Waiting on the Lord and allowing Him to renew our strength.
  • “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:31)
  • Endurance comes with trust

7. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Finally, the real test is trust. Our understanding is fickle based on how see things from our limited perspective.
  • The word straight here is: “Yashar” and it comes from the root word “shar” which is the picture of a rope that is wound tightly by 2 or more opposing strands. When we are bound to the Lord in covenant, He binds us to Him as well and our paths become His paths.


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