John 2:4 In His Time

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“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4

Jesus and His disciples had went to a wedding in Cana. While there the host had run out of wine. Mary mentioned that to Jesus. He asked why she tried to involve Him. Later Jesus had the servants pour water into the glasses. As the water was drank, it was turned into wine.

All throughout the bible people are told to ask God for what they need. They are to be bold in what they request and seek God for. There are many examples of people asking for things and God providing the need.

However, there are also many times that a person asks God for something and does not get it. Sometimes he does not get it right away, while at other times he never receives what was desired. This has to do with God’s will and timing.

Mary had asked for some help in a situation that the people had, yet Jesus did not fulfill it right away. He waited. His waiting was to wait on His Father for the right time. Jesus knew that it was not His time to do a miracle in public yet.

Most people who are asking God for something, want it right away. They cannot understand why God wants them to wait or why they never receive it. This is where trusting in God’s timing is important.

God sees the bigger picture of life. He sees the beginning, middle and end all at the same time. Because He sees this bigger picture, He also knows when it is the best time to do anything.

It is the same with parents of little children. Little children will request something and the parents will say not right now, wait. The parents understand why waiting is best, but the child does not. The child must trust in the parent.

As you request something from God, remember to wait for His answer and trust it. You may have to wait a while for that request to be fulfilled. Know that God has your best interest in mind. It may not be the time for it right now, though as a human being you see it as an immediate need.

In the right time, God will turn your water into wine. Wait on Him and trust Him for your provision.

I pray today that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will trust in God’s timing in your life; that you will not fear God did not hear you; and that you will do all things on His time-table.

 

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Hosea 12:6 Waiting For God

But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6

Jacob was the man whose family God chose to become His nation of people. In the beginning of Jacob’s time, he fought with an angel to get God’s blessings. He had to wait for God to provide those blessings. It took many years and a lot of struggles, but his children did receive the blessing and favor of God, they became a nation who followed God.

Over time the nation chose to walk away from God. Hosea is now calling them to return to God and follow His ways. Just like Jacob, they are told to wait for God.

Waiting is something that most people do not really like to do. People want what they want, and they want it right now. In fact, they want it ten minutes ago, now is too late. No matter how fast a computer is, people want it faster. No matter how fast the service is at a restaurant, some want it faster. People are impatient.

Believers have this same problem with God, they get very impatient. They stop and pray for a moment for something to happen or the favor of God in some situation, and expect their prayer to be answer in their way, right away. When God does not answer it in their way, right away, many think that God does not love them or did not hear them, or is against them. At that point, many choose to walk away from God and stop following His ways.

Following and believing in Jesus means that you will wait upon God for everything. You will trust that God has heard your prayers and will answer in His time and in His way.

As you are waiting on God to provide His answer to your prayer, you must maintain your love for God and for others. You must also stand true to His word and maintain the truth in this world.

Satan and this world will strive to get you to believe that God will not answer you, but it is not the truth. Wait on God and He will answer. He will not only answer you, but He will give you the best answer possible to your situation.

Are you trusting and waiting on God?

I pray today that you will know God hears your prayers; that God will give you the patience to wait for His answer; that you will ignore the lies of this world about God; and that you stay faithful to God as you wait for Him. 

Psalm 90:4 God’s Time Table

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

Time has always been a mystery to people. It is something that sometimes feels like it passes quickly, while at other times it appears to move extremely slowly.

When someone is having a good time, such as on a great vacation, the time seems to move extremely fast. A family can go on a week-long vacation to Disney World. As the week comes to an end, many may be complaining that they did not get to do everything that they wanted to do, because the time went so fast.

That same family when back home and having to go to work and school, will then complain about how long the days are. This usually happens when they are doing things that they really do not want to do.

God stands outside of time, because He has always existed and always will. Since this is the case, time passes as though there was no time for God. In God’s eyes, it was just a mere two days ago that Jesus left the earth saying He would return.

Christians will often complain about wondering when Jesus will return. This is especially true during very bad times of persecution on this earth. Or when there is a prayer being asked and there seems to be no answer from God.

You must trust in God at all times. Wait on Him. God understands what time it is and what your needs are. He is waiting for the right time to answer those prayers and needs.

As a human being, you may feel that the time it is needed is right now. You are limited in time. Yet, God knows and understands your every need. He also knows how long you have on this earth. Trust Him.

Do not worry or live in fear that your needs will not be met on time. If God is patient in answering your prayer, you must also be patient. God is not in a hurry, so you must not be in a hurry or worry either.

I pray today that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will wait for God’s answer; that you will trust in God’s timing; and that God will fill you with His patience.

Revelation 7:15 A Good Waiter For God

“Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple;” Revelation 7:15

In John’s vision he sees a great crowd of people from all nationalities dressed in white robes. They are standing before the throne of God and are giving Him praise. These are people who have believed in Jesus and never gave up. Jesus has brought them to heaven and has given them a white robe, a sign of purity and holiness. They are now standing before the throne of God to serve Him day and night.

When you go to a restaurant you expect the waiter to serve your every need while there. You expect him to know when you need a drink refilled, or when you are finished with a part of the meal to remove the plate, or to bring a desert. The waiter is there to serve you in your needs at that moment.

Jesus has paid the price for your sins to allow you to serve God. Before your sins were removed, you were not allowed to go before God at all. Now you have the privilege and honor to go before God. Along with that you have the privilege and honor to serve His needs.

Serving God does not have to wait until you get to heaven. You can start serving Him today. This can be done day and night.

You may ask how can you a simple person serve God who is the maker of everything and in absolute control? You are God’s hands, feet and voice on this earth.

It is through you that God touches lives. It is through you that people hear about what Jesus has done for them. It is through your prayers that God can bring about healing and other miracles in the lives of other people. It is through you that the world can learn what true love is.

You have the honor and ability to serve God today. Are you open to what God wants you to do?

Do not be like some waiters and close your eyes to the needs of God. No one likes a waiter who does not meet their needs. Will you be a good waiter for God today?

I pray today that God will show you things He needs done; that you will open your ears and eyes to seeing what God needs; that you will dedicate your life to service for God; and that God will use you to touch the world for Jesus.