THE PERFECT TIMING

THE PERFECT TIMING



_He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end._ *Ecclesiastes 3:11*

Have you ever struggled with God's promises to you? Has it ever seemed like there was no end in sight to the storm you were facing?

 Sometimes when you are going through hardship, you just wonder, "When am I going to get through this? When is this storm cloud going to go away? When are things going to get better?"

   This brings to mind the Gospel account of Jesus and His disciples at the Sea of Galilee, when He sent them ahead by boat to the other side. 

But as they were making their way across, a huge storm came along. It got worse and worse. The disciples began to despair of their very lives.

   Matthew's Gospel tells us that during the forth watch of the night, Jesus came to them. 

The fourth watch is that time of the night just before dawn, meaning that the disciples had been at sea fighting this storm and trying to get out of it for eight long hours. Then when the storm was raging, when it seemed like it would go on forever; Jesus came to them, walking on the water.

Many times He will come to us in the fourth watch. We pray, "O Lord, come through now. Do it now." But the Lord says, "Hang on. I will be there when the time is right."

   One of the things we must keep in mind is that along with His will, God has His timing. Sometimes we grow anxious.  

Sometimes we want things to happen a little more quickly than they ought to. But God has His timing. And He is never late.

*Prayer:* _I praise You, Lord, for all Your ways are perfect._

*Scriptural Reading:* Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

1     To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 

2     A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 

3     A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 

4     A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 

5     A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 

6     A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 

7     A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 
8     A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. 

The God-Given Task 

9     What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 

10     I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 

11     He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. 

12     I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 

13     and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. 

14     I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. 

15     That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past. Injustice Seems to Prevail 

16     Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there. 

17     I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” 

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