Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5: 6-7
Let us begin today’s devotional with this testimony. At a prayer meeting in a small town in the United States, a very old man was converted (that is, surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus at a very old age). Another old man stepped forward with tears of joy, and told the congregation how a twenty-five year old man made a pledge fifty years ago to be praying for the conversion of this very old man. He said “I am the only one still living to see the prayers of fifty years answered.” I know of a sister, who had delays in getting a life partner; when she eventually got one, bearing a child was difficult. During these challenging times, her pattern of prayers was: “Lord Jesus my Redeemer, I know you can do this miracle for me, I also have the conviction in my spirit based on your word that you will surely bless me with children, but my prayer is Lord why not now, make haste to grant me my miracle in the name of Jesus.”
Dear friends, oftentimes, our prayer pattern is not too different from this, as regards “WHY NOT NOW”. A Christian author wrote, “I have a dear friend who served as a missionary in Suriname for many years, but in his final years he was stricken with an illness that paralyzed him. At times he wondered why God allowed him to linger. He longed to depart and to be with his Lord. When Jesus said He was going to heaven, Peter asked, “Lord, why can I not follow you now?” (John 13:37) Like Peter, many of us may wonder why the Lord is delaying or in our human eyes, postponing our miracles, blessings, manifestations, and for some departure from this earth. The persistent question is “Lord, why not now?”
The question of “Lord, why not now”, is an issue of timing. The battle every believer must fight as it concerns our expectation is accepting God’s timing. Today’s reflection seeks to reaffirm this age-long truth that “God’s Time is the Best”. God does marvelous things. He works in ways we can never imagine. Not always in our time frame, in fact, I would venture to say most often not in our time frame. But then later, afterwards, we can look back and see the timing for what it truly is, a gift. We don’t know all the reasons why God said, “Wait.” The sister whose prayer pattern we shared above has this to say: “There are so many feelings, so many realizations, and so much of God in every moment. My questions of “Why not now?” are finally answered. If God had moved when I requested, the glory I am now experiencing would have been impossible.” Torrey has this to say: “Not so in haste, my heart!
Have faith in God, and wait; although He seems to linger long, He never comes late in God’s timing.” Whenever we run ahead of Jesus, whenever we fail to wait on the Lord, whenever we do things outside the plans of God, whenever we want to force the miracle and the departure from this earth to happen according to our time frame, and not according to God’s favorable timing, we accumulate more sorrows and regret for ourselves.
Is. 11:1-10, Ps 72: 1-2,7-8.12-13 (R.7); Eph. 2:13-22; Accl. Lk 1:28; Matt. 2:13-15.19-23.
- Take this Prayer: “Heavenly Father, Your word in Isaiah 55:9, says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” And in response to Your word I say, “I thank You for being above me and knowing what is best for me.” In this life, we are all searching for our purpose and asking for Your will to be done. But let us not be blindsided and naive to think that as we ask, so we are ready for it to be revealed accordingly. I pray that as each of us comes to a point in our lives where we dare to ask You to reveal Your will to us, You would put us in a place of acceptance of what You revealed. It may not be what we want, but it will surely be what we need in order to live a life fully invested in You. When fear attempts to consume us, be the destroyer of the fear by Your perfect love for we know it casts out all fear. When You see that we are tempted to turn back and ignore Your will, chasten our spirits and help us to see that You alone want the best for us. Help us to realize that anything You bring into our lives and anything You reveal to us is for our good. Give us a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to Your move in our lives. Most of all Lord, let us never get so caught up in seeking You out for a revelation that we forget to seek You. Let us always desire to be with You above all things; seeking Your kingdom first and letting everything else be added afterwards. Let Your love surround us and cast out any fear or doubts. Help us to live in love with You, accept Your will for our lives and give us the proper response to Your revelation. In Jesus’ name .”
Exercise: Share today’s reflection with someone.
Memory Verse: Habakkuk 2:2-3