Joy Inexpressible

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1.3-9 NASB)

God’s Timing

For most of us, when we are trying to make a difficult decision we immediately go to the Lord in prayer. We want to know His plan for our life as well as His timing. I could give you several examples of my impatience rushing ahead of God to do what I thought was best. If I had just waited until I had a fresh word, assignment, and direction from Jesus the end result would have been much more satisfying.

Here is today’s In Touch devotional encouraging us to “Follow God’s Schedule.”

Read Romans 11:33-36

Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow  frustrated when things  don’t go according to plan. Yet if we truly desire to walk in the center of  God’s perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.

Consider how you pray about situations in your life. Without  realizing it, you may be demanding that God follow the schedule you’ve  constructed according to your very limited human wisdom. Yet if we believe He  is who He says He is, how can surrendering to His way not be to our benefit?  Think about His unique, praiseworthy qualities:

  • His all-encompassing knowledge. Unlike us,  the Lord has complete awareness about our world and the details of every  individual life–past, present, and future.
  • His complete wisdom. God understands man’s every motive, whereas  none of us are able to  accurately discern people’s intentions. We make choices based on partial  information, whereas He has the wisdom to take action based on truth.
  • His unconditional love. Our Creator is always  motivated by love and constantly has our best in mind. Unless we trust His  heart, our view of reality will be distorted.
  • His perfect sufficiency. At just the right time, God will  provide us with everything we need to carry out His plan.

Submitting to God’s timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the  goodness of His heart and His plans–and determine to wait until He gives the  signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you’ll experience the  joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.