Back in 1960, singer/songwriter Jimmy Jones made the million-seller song, “Good Timin’.” The R & B song relates the historical encounters of David and Goliath, and Columbus and Queen Isabella to the prospects of a boy meeting the right girl at just the right time. https://youtu.be/OfeRtYZsVOU
Good timin’ is important in many other ways, too. Whether it’s hitting a home run, performing a death-defying stunt, telling a funny joke, making a sale, saving someone from danger—all these examples show that timing is everything for achieving success.
With God, timing is everything, as well. It’s all a part of his perfect nature. For, since he is perfect, so is his timing.
From the time he created the world to the time he called a people for his name, God’s timing has always been and always will be spot on. In fact, the eternal God who invented time controls time according to his own plan and purpose.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1, wise Solomon declared, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…” (New American Standard Bible, NASB). Whether in good times or bad times, God never loses control of the times and seasons in which he has put into motion (See verses 2 through 8.). In effect, we humbly recognize his power over time and put our trust in his ability to provide for our needs.
Solomon’s father, David, prayed, “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me,’” (Psalm 31, 14-15, NASB).
When we put our trust in the Lord and his timing, we can be assured of his blessings. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end, (New International Version, NIV).
As we put our trust in his perfect timing, the Bible instructs us to wait patiently in the Lord. This is often more easy to say than do. We want him to act upon our wishes immediately not later when he is ready to respond. It’s like praying, “Lord, give me patience and I want it now.”
Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord,” (NASB).
Speaking of waiting on the Lord, I especially like Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary,” (NASB). I believe this verse not only touches our hearts in the present, but applies even more importantly to a future time when God will give his people eternal safety, prosperity, and peace. As the eagle majestically soars higher and higher over the all the tumult below, believers will soar in the heights of glory in God’s wonderful Kingdom, to overcome life’s difficulties and disasters forever in the Kingdom of God.
God demonstrated his ability for perfect timing when his Son was born at just the right time and place. According to Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,” (NIV). Not only Jesus’ birth, but his entire ministry including his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to heaven came at the precise time God had planned—all for the sake of keeping his promises.
God’s timing is such that he is giving us adequate time to commit our lives to Christ, his Son, so as to be ready for the coming Kingdom (Acts 17:30). God is patient, giving us all the opportunity to repent and turn to him through Christ (2 Peter 3:9). But one day, when the right time comes, God will send his Son back to this world and only those who are ready for his coming will enter God’s Kingdom (Matthew 24:42-51; 2 Corinthians 6:2).
Good timin’ is God’s timin’. And, when we live according to his timin’, we will be in perfect timin’ for the countless blessings he has promised to those who follow him. Yes, timing IS everything!
Good News (and Good Timin’) to YOU!
P.S. Here’s a beautiful worship song, “In His Time,” http://youtu.be/UptqAjXLZWo