How often have we remarked about the amazing way God works things out âat just the right timeâ. Whether it be the train that arrives late, as we get to the station late, or the finance that comes when we have a desperate need, God is right when He tells us He knows our need, even down to the day or hour.
We had a demonstration of this recently when a guest on one of our courses here at Glyndley Manor needed to be taken to hospital by ambulance. The question was asked by the paramedics âdo you have a lift?â (an elevator), as the guest was in a wheelchair upstairs. A week earlier we would have had to reply that we had one but werenât able to use it, as the building work had not yet been completed to safety requirements. However during the previous few days the site and facilities team had been working to make the area both useable and clean. The ambulance crew didnât have to carry the guest down the stairs in the wheelchair. They were able to use the lift for that which it was intended.
Although the work isnât finished yet, God had prompted us to get it to such a state of readiness that it was useful for that moment. Weâre sure He will also provide the finance for the work to be completed.
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the supreme example of Godâs timing. âYou see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodlyâ (Romans 5:6). We could ask why God didnât bring the death and resurrection of Jesus sooner in mankindâs history, or why He didnât bring it at a later date. Historians show us that it was actually the perfect time for the Gospel to be proclaimed. God knew what He was doing.
So, next time we want to put Godâs actions into our time scale perhaps we should stop and ask Him âwhen is the right time for this to happen, God?â, and follow it with a prayer for patience!
Prayer: Father God, I thank You that You know better than I do when âthe right timeâ is. I confess my frustrations and impatience when things donât happen when I think they should. Please help me to trust Your timing in the small and large things of life, as You have an infinitely bigger understanding of my situation than I do. Amen.
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."
Romans 5:6, NIV
John Berry has recently stepped down from the full time team at Ellel Glyndley Manor, where he has been involved for almost seven years, before which he pastored UK Baptist churches for 30 years. He continues on the Associate Ministry and Teaching teams at Glyndley Manor, where his wife Jennie continues on team. They have been married for nearly 43 years and have seven grandchildren. John is also an elder in a local church.
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