It is true that God has His time. There is a fullness of the time in respect of every Divine movement, and we cannot take things out of God's time.
Perhaps we have learned that. We cannot precipitate things, we cannot hurry
God, we cannot bring things about for which the time is not ripe.
knowledge is with the Lord, and He would bring us in spirit into oneness with
Him on that point, to be one with Him in His time, that when His time does
come He has us ready to His hand as those through whom He can move.
be the purpose that is bound up with His time, the Lord must have an
instrument through which He may move to its accomplishment.
And when the
Lord's time comes how we know it in our hearts!
I think we all know something
about this. Oh, how we have cried, and groaned, and agonized, and striven, and
done all that we could do to get God to do certain things; but His time had
We have been tested in faith, and we have come at length to the
place where we definitely and strongly stand with God for that thing and hold
on, and then God's time comes, and we know in our hearts that the time has
come, and in a wonderful way it just happens.
All that it has cost of prayer
and anguish would perhaps lead us to expect that, when it happens, the world
will know all about it; but it just happens, and you hardly recognize
from the outward indications that the thing has come about.
God's time came,
and it was so easy; it just transpired.
But we can never say - we are
forbidden to say that our holding on to the Lord, our prayer, our standing
with Him, our getting through on that matter was unnecessary; that it would
have happened in the appointment of God at His time, whether we agonized or
You dare not take that position over anything in the way of God.
may have been pre-determined before ever there was a world, and yet Abram's
faith was the essential factor to the bringing in of Isaac.
The whole Word of
God bears down upon that, that God Himself demands the co-operating faith of
His own people, even to bring through the works which were foreordained.
~T. Austin Sparks~