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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: "God's Timing" -- Quiet Time 1.0  Reply with quote

God's timing is curious.  God's timing is always right.  God's timing does not always make sense.  God's timing is pure and spiritually-focused.  

We can gain insight and understand God better when we reflect on God's timing.  As humans, we tend to search for a level of entitlement with God's timing (we feel we deserve good things happening to us from time to time).  Do we really deserve anything good?  How often do we try and create good for ourselves when things aren't going our way?  Why do we tend to become impatient when things don't go our way?  

I find it interesting that we feel patience pay off once whatever it is we're waiting for finally happens.  We think to ourselves, "So that's what it's like being patient," or "I had to be really patient while I waited for that company to decide whether they would hire me or not."  We tend to not want to be patient again for a long time because it doesn't bring immediate satisfaction.  God's timing is always perfect, so why do Christians worry and get impatient so easily?  Does it show a lack of faith in God's timing or just our own faults readily showing themselves in our human imperfection?  

If God could smile like a human, how often would he smile and say "Be patient my son, I am with you and I am all you need."  Our human story is meaningless without God and his timing.  Our Creator has a master plan that has each of us in it and works His plan according to His timing.  Can we positively impact God's master plan?  Yes we can.  We impact His timing by accepting failures and opportunities as they come to us, and leading lives inspired by God.  

When seeking opportunities, failure often finds us.  

We rarely go out in search of failure, but are very good at finding it.  Much opportunity can come from finding failure.  Failure reminds us that our priorities are backwards and selfish pursuits are pointless.  Failures on this earth are steady, pointed reminders that God's timing is perfect.  We often find failure when we look outside of God's will.  However, in that failure, we need to grow and learn and thank God for wisdom gained from the experience.  

Can it really be considered a failure if God's timing is perfect and the experience is a part of God's will for us?  

If we seek God's timing and God's will for our lives we'll find both opportunities and failures.  We should never take credit or glory away from God, who wants us to learn from everything he puts in front of us--both in failure and in opportunity.  

My Prayer for God's Timing:
Dear Lord, though I often don't understand your timing, I pray that you will speak to me through everything that I encounter--both good and bad.  I pray that I will continue to seek you and your will in everything I do.  I pray that you'll help others hold me accountable to seek your will.  You have given each of us control of our own earthly lives, but we need your guidance to live fully in you.  I accept your timing and I accept your free gift of salvation through your son Jesus.  Your timing is perfect, and I pray that when I question your timing, you will speak truth to me about your timing.  I pray you help me encourage others to focus on your will for them.  This life is short, and your timing is perfect, Lord.  I love you and I pray that you'll continue to speak to me through people I meet and experiences in life.  I pray that I will be a good servant to you and I pray that I will continue to seek and accept your will for me in my life.  Your timing is always perfect, Lord, and I thank you for all that you've given me.  I love you, Lord.  

In Jesus name, Amen.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve, Amen and Amen!
Oh how we are easily fooled in preferring our timing and our outcomes over God's.  The Christian is called to prefer God's will over our own, however, we usually employ a worldly and selfish value system.
How should a Christian measure success?
I wonder if a vehicle could be used as a reasonable analogy.  Patience would be like the braking system.  God wants us to patiently wait upon Him.  This does not mean He wants us to stop, but maybe slow down.  Faith/Hope would be the accelerator which propels us forward.  Both must work toward a divine conclusion.  Our will or God's will?  Who holds the steering wheel?
We certainly can get lost in the shine or speed/power of our vehicle.  This is where we must trust that the Lord has specified and detailed-out our rig perfectly for His purpose.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well put.  I appreciate the follow up post, Rick.  Excellent use of the car analogy.  I would add to it by saying that not only who holds the steering wheel, but who is in charge of what road we're on and what direction we're heading?  Are we taking the interstate or going through the curvy, country roads toward our destination?  Or is our destination really not about the destination at all, but about the trip with our Savior?  

Volkswagen had an old slogan that stated "On the Road of Life there are passengers and there are drivers.  Drivers wanted."  This may work in the marketing world encouraging society to lead and take control, but not in our spiritual world.  We need to enjoy being passengers and letting God lead us.  Remember he did unlock the doors and he did invite us in while we were hitchhiking alone along the road of life.  In fact he's probably stopped many times before and we simply didn't accept the invitation to jump in--we preferred to walk some more, alone.  

I think other readers get the point of my extension of the analogy you created, but either way it inspires thought and creates a simple means for remembering the journey and remembering who's driving and who's the passenger.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

Pilgrims Progress by Bunyan, and Hinds Feet on High Places by Hurnard provide (through allegories) imaginative concepts that we come to recognize more and more as we journey through this life.  

Often, I view my walk with the Lord as a journey, one that I would like to share with others.  However, for a myriad of reasons, many are reluctant to explore paths with me, because I sometimes travel so closely to the edge.  

It seems that the church has so cautiously established routes for believers that they are on the verge of boring them to death.  I believe in the book of Revelation, the Lukewarm Church (identified as being neither hot nor cold) depicts, generally, the Western Church today.  

Yesterday, I investigated a blog from an Atheist.  He very early established that Christians were irrational trolls.  Then he went on to discourage any dialogue from Christians, because all they want to do is argue.  He said his site was for atheists only or those that were open to the truth.  This attitude, unfortunately, is not unlike most Christians.  While I would hope we are generally kinder, we often subscribe to a personal label (denomination), discourage dialogue, fear arguments, and in general, avoid all of those frightening paths.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick--
I just got finished with the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge.  Upon reading that book, I look at people in my life that I respect and exemplify much of what the author discusses about man.  You are a great example of a man who is passionate in his beliefs and passionate about life.  You are willing to take risks and seek new adventure without knowing all the answers because you walk closely with God by your side.  In terms of "unwilling to dialogue" Atheist--I believe that any man who is unwilling to have his faith tested, even his faith that no higher being exists, is a man not very strong in his beliefs.  Having beliefs without testing them, is like saying "I can survive in the wilderness for five days," but never actually proving to yourself that you  can.  Some people are scared to be questioned because of their evident, shakeable faith.  The purpose of God granting us with the ability to have faith, is so that it can be tested early and often.  Faith without temptation or question is not really faith at all.  

I would ask the atheist a few questions:  1)Was there a conscious point in his/her life that you actually converted to that belief, or was it a periodic change?  2)What are you living for/What is your purpose/Why do you continue using our oxygen with nothing to live for?  3)Why do trees in the autumn/winter look eerily similar to the bronchioles in human lungs--both help us to breathe. Was that not part of a greater design?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

"Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge, a good masculine read.  Why do you think there are so few masculine/Christian perspectives today?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick--
I'm guessing that most men are afraid of the unknown, or unwilling to embrace it.  Can you imagine Jesus' life and him knowing that he was going to die to serve a purpose greater than himself?  I bet if we all knew when we would die, there'd be a whole lot more living going on.  Because we don't know when we'll be taken from this earth, we should be living everyday.  The unknown is scary, but when you have God walking by your side, the unknown loses it's intensity.  

I think that most Christian men don't remember that there is a spiritual battle going on around them at all times.  We live in the enemy's territory (paraphrased from C.S. Lewis), and being their turf means we must constantly fight a battle everyday--battles of temptation, battles of faith, and plenty other battles of __________ (fill in the blank).  

One thing that some people tend to lose sight of through these battles is that if demons or even Satan appear near, they forget that God is there as well.  Can you imagine the fear that demons should be living in, knowing that everywhere they are, so is God.  That fact keeps my chin up even when there are failures behind me, distractions around me, and uncertainty ahead of me.  

Every man needs to read Wild at Heart to remember what we're really doing here.  Not that one author is a paradigm shifter in the grand scheme of life, but he sure does bring attention to some real masculine issues.  It was an encouragement to read that book, and I plan on reading it again in 2009, and probably a couple of times each year in 2010-2050.  

With Jesus as our ultimate sacrifice, we need to be willing to sacrifice for God.  It's the least we can do.  With the ongoing concern of financial issues that most people deal with on a regular basis, shouldn't we be focused on that which is completely free?  Our salvation.  The item that carries the most value from an eternal perspective, costs zero dollars.  It just requires our acceptance, our time, and our ongoing commitment.

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