Written by Sam Lisak
Weddings are very time-oriented. The events of the ceremony and reception need to be planned out and attended to make sure everything is running according to schedule. I remember one wedding I worked at this year where I was on schedule to pick up everything from the office and get to the venue for set up a reasonable amount of time before the ceremony started. Unfortunately, a mere half mile from my office I was stuck in traffic as a train was passing through. Despite my planning, the timing just wasn’t right. I felt frustrated and immediately my head was scrambling with worst-case scenarios and how I would deal with this delay. How many times in our life have we found ourselves frustrated by poor timing? As Christians, we’re constantly reminded of comforting phrases like Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” While those words are true, there are countless times in our life where it can be hard to see how those things work for good.
Right now for many people, it can seem like the worst timing possible. COVID-19 is sweeping the globe causing millions to get sick and thousands to die. This pandemic has forced countless people out of a job and made it difficult for new people to enter the workforce. The United States came out of a particularly stressful election with two parties that seem to be on the worst terms ever. Other times, it seems as though God either isn’t answering our prayers for something or not moving things along according to our timeline. I felt particularly frustrated this past year trying to start a new career in the middle of a pandemic. Despite all the assuring things I had memorized in grade school and studied in high school or Bible class, I could only find myself wondering why God couldn’t speed things up to match what I wanted. Human logic wants us to think that if God truly loves us, He would give us the things we ask for when we ask for them. Human logic however is sinful. So what does the Bible say about God’s timing and plan for us?
A section of Scripture that first comes to mind is Ecclesiastes 3. God says there is a time for everything, even the bad things. And we know that bad things will happen. After creation, Adam and Eve sinned sending humanity into a downward spiral of continual denial of what God wants. We read in Isaiah 64:3, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” David lamented in Psalm 130:3, “ If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” We know our lives on this Earth are filled with sin. We are imperfect beings and deserve eternal damnation.
There is, however, God’s timing which is always perfect. We have one glaring example of this: We can look to Him sending His Son to die for us at the perfect time in history. Looking back at the Old Testament prophecies, we can see how Jesus fulfilled them ultimately with his death on the cross. We are saved and have the gift of eternal life through His sacrifice for us.
While we wait here on Earth, we know in comfort that our life here is only temporary. Heaven is our true home. Until then, will everything work out for us? No. Will, at times, troubles and hardships come with the worst possible timing? Yes, but at the same time we can live knowing that at some point Christ will return to take us to heaven in glory to be with Him. When? I have no idea, but I can guarantee that God’s timing will be perfect.