written by: Dean Hulce
First published in February 2018
1 Samuel 13:13-14 ~ “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
The weather was certainly nice…. No road issues as far as we could see ahead. But just before we got to the Mackinaw Bridge, a sign announced that the bridge was closed. Some might not know, there are only two general ways to get from the Upper Peninsula (where we were) to the Lower Peninsula (where we needed to be). Going across the bridge, to our destination, would take four hours. The only other real possible opportunity would be to go all the way through the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, Illinois (Chicago traffic), Indiana and finally back into Lower Michigan.
We had a decision to make… turn around and take the long way… adding 12-14 hours to your trip, but assuring that we would get there on time, or stick to our plan and trust that the bridge would open with enough time to allow us to make our destination on time.
The Corinth Reformed Church, in the Grand Rapids area, had an event planned for an outreach program. We had the displays for the Trophies of Grace Ministries, and I was the scheduled speaker. I could be replaced by many people… but people were coming to see the trophy bucks in the display as well. We had to make a choice to trust our judgement or what we felt God had directed us to. After much consideration and input from friends we decided to trust and wait…. We spent a long cold night in the truck and just about the time where we would be too late… the announcement came, the bridge was open. We made it with just enough time to set up, as the doors open. God had blessed us for trusting Him.
In the scripture above Samuel is telling Saul that because he did not wait on God’s timing, he lost out on blessings… huge blessings
In John 11 we read a story of Jesus’ friends, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Mary and Martha had sent a message to Jesus letting Him know that their brother Lazarus was deathly ill. Surely the message that went out to Jesus made it clear that it was urgent that He come to heal Lazarus. What did Jesus do? Verse 6 says, “So when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”
Why did Jesus wait? Because God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect. He knew ahead of time that Lazarus would die before He and the disciples would arrive. By the time they arrived Lazarus had already been dead for 4 days. If Jesus had only arrived before he died… but when He arrived, He called out Lazarus from the tomb and he rose from the dead and walked out.
Gods timing is ALWAYS perfect. He could have healed Lazarus before he died, or He could prove God’s love and almighty power by do an amazing miracle. Because of His timing and love we even today, 2000 years later, realize we can trust in His love and timing.
In Michigan, in my timing, we might have arrived twelve hours later than planned, but in God’s timing, it was perfect. If nothing else, we learned that we can trust that He has control and we don’t. He got us there right on time and safely… who are we to question it.
Jesus gave His disciples, Mary, Martha and Lazarus an amazing gift. They saw firsthand His love, His power, His timing and His control. If we look closely, we will see the same in our lives every day.
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