IN HIS TIME – THE RIGHT TIME – Luke 1:20 NIV
“And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."
Zechariah not only had a hard time believing that God would do what He said – to cause Elizabeth to conceive a child. He also thought that God's timing was a little off. After all, wouldn't it have made more sense – and been a lot easier to believe – if Elizabeth had conceived John when she was much younger? Why had God made this couple wait so many years to have a child? Having John this late in life, they would both be quite aged before their son was grown. Wouldn't it have been easier for a younger couple to contend with a child?
But God's timing is perfect, according to His perfect will. And Gabriel said that his words would come true "in their proper time." God's time… the perfect time.
Are you praying for something, but it hasn't happened? Have you waited a long time, but nothing has yet occurred? Think about Zechariah. Think about Abraham and Sarah. Think about all the many promises that God made to people that took many, many years to be fulfilled. Why? Because God's timing is perfect. Even though it may seem that you are being required to wait an inordinately long time to receive His answer, remember that God doesn't own a watch. He is not controlled by man's clock or man's calendar. He controls them. He is in control of what is happening in your life. And He will – or rather, HAS answered your prayer. So start praying with thanksgiving for His answer. Be joyful that He has set things in motion for it to happen. And know that the things He has promised to you, the answers to your prayers, will occur "in their proper time"… God’s perfect time.
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:22-24 NIV
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