In the Good fight of faith, there are seasons of waiting on God; periods where you are believing God for a miracle/breakthrough. Somehow, even as you try to be patient and wait, the only Word you receive is “be still and know that I am God” [Psalm 46:10]. During these phases, we often struggle with what it means by “being still”. Neither does it help when our loved ones encourage us with the scripture, “In His time, He makes all things beautiful” [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. We wonder what it means by “In His time”, and “why is His time not the same as our time?”. It is this conflict that makes it difficult for us to be still and to wait on the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that “For we walk by faith and not by sight”. This is the premise of our salvation; choosing to believe in an unseen God whose incomprehensible love for us was manifested through the shedding of the blood of Jesus, to reconcile man back to Himself. But we are required as part of our Christian living, to walk by faith and not by our emotions or senses. This means choosing to stand on God’s Word regardless of what is going on around us, or how we feel. And this also means choosing to stand on God’s Word even when we feel He is not moving or moving according to our preferred timing.
That is what the patriarchs of faith in Hebrews 11 did. Take for instance Abraham; try waiting on God for a child He has promised you for decades, while your body and that of your wife’s wither away. And yet the Bible tells us that “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” [Romans 4:18-21, NLT]. That is what faith is about; hoping against all hope and understanding that what God has promised to do, He will do.
Father Abraham understood a concept that I believe modern day Christians are yet to grasp. What he understood, was the concept of the relationship between purpose and timing. As human beings we work with timing while God works with purpose. As God’s Word shows, “for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” [Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV]. So in Abraham’s case, Isaac was a child of purpose; the child through whom the descendants that God had promised Abraham would come forth from. But that was not the only promise God had made. There were other promises that He made concerning the slavery of Israel, and about the Israelites inheriting the Promised land. All those promises were intertwined and had a purpose to them. Yet, if one purpose didn’t occur at the right time, the other promises would be affected in their manifestation and impact. Fortunately, unlike us who think for the moment and for just ourselves, God thinks generationally; His promises do not apply to just one individual but to generations that come after. That is why His timing is different from ours, because we only seeing a limited snapshot while He is seeing the entire picture and context.
Remember that God exists outside time and is not constricted by man’s notion of time. That is why Apostle Peter reminds us that, “nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day” [2 Peter 3:9, AMP]. This is why you cannot and absolutely should not put time limits on God, because He is eternity, exists in eternity and the concept of time is not applicable to His existence. And yet, when the fulfillment of the promise is due, the almighty God steps into time and makes all things beautiful. He makes all things beautiful because the promises are fulfilled without compromising the outcome of the other intertwining promises. Remember that “the blessings of the Lord, it maketh rich and he added no sorrow with it” [Proverbs 10:22, KJV].
That is what it means by “In His time, He makes all things beautiful”. That is what happened with the birth of Christ which had been prophesied for centuries. When the purpose for Christ’s birth, death and resurrection was due, the living Word stepped into time to be born and to fulfill His purpose. So “Be still” and know that He is God, by continually giving thanks and praising Him. God is not slack concerning his promises and His “plans for you are of good and not of evil to bring you to an expected end” [Jeremiah 29:11]. Hold on fast to that promise He has made you because “the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry”[Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV].