“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Matthew 11:11
A few years back I decided I wanted to switch jobs. I was working in politics and wanted to give marketing a chance. I spent days applying for jobs, but no one would hire someone without marketing experience.
After waiting a few weeks after applying for jobs, I started to get angsty. Until one day I got a call for a position at a company in the next town over.
The job was at a real estate group and I would be their marketing lead. Weird because I had never worked in marketing right?
I took the job without any consideration or prayer because I was obsessed with the idea of working in marketing and heading up their small department.
Well, a few weeks in things started to go downhill fast. My job was a lot harder than I anticipated, my boss was overstepping work boundaries, and I was a giant mess.
I ended up going back to my old job in politics because the marketing job took such a toll. Ironically, after three weeks back at my old job I got a call from one of the companies I had applied to saying they needed a new marketing assistant. Because I had just gotten my old job back, I had to turn the position down.
Just like with so many things in life, I rushed forward and took the “cool” job because its what I thought I wanted.
All too often we try to rush God’s timing just like I rushed the new marketing job.
Because I was so impatient, I took a job that I was completely unqualified for, in an environment that was terrible. I couldn’t help but think if I had just waited a few more weeks, and not taken the real estate position how I could have taken the second job instead.
I would have been more qualified for it, and I would have been working with an awesome all girl team. The thing is, I do this all the time.
I rush ahead and try to secure the “next thing” as fast as I can. All too often I find myself sitting at my desk impatiently asking God, “Okay, can I go now?” or saying “I waited 8 minutes to hear from you, so I’m taking your silence as a go-ahead.”
How often do you rush ahead of God and do something because you’re too impatient to wait on His timing?
In Genesis, we see this happen with Sarah. God promises Abraham (Genesis 15:4) and Sarah that they will have a son and that he would have an everlasting covenant with God. (Genesis 17:19)
In Genesis 18, the Lord appears to Abraham and tells him that his son will be born within the year. Sarah overhears and laughs and questions God.
We then see a similar scenario in the book of Luke when an angel of the Lord tells Zechariah that Elizabeth, his wife, will bear him a son.
Elizabeth and Zachariah were an older couple who were unable to conceive all of their lives. One day an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah and told him that Elizabeth would have a son named John who would “bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.” (Luke 1:16)
Zechariah did not believe the news and asks the angel “how he can be sure of this.” (Luke 1:18)
Because of his lack of faith, Zechariah became mute until the day Elizabeth gave birth.
Conversely, Elizabeth believed with her whole heart the news.
“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” Luke 1:25
One theme that is constant throughout all of scripture is the emphasis on God’s timing being the best timing.
We see it from the beginning of the Bible with Abraham and Sarah and towards the end with Zechariah and Elizabeth.
Isaac, Abraham, and Sarahs son became the first descendant of Abraham, fulfilling the covenant God made with him.
John, Zechariah, and Elizabeth’s son became John the Baptist, one of the most influential preachers in the New Testament.
In Matthew 11:11 Jesus says of John the Baptist: “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
With both situations, the parents had to wait till old age to have children, despite longing for them their entire lives.
But that was because God had greater plans in store for them than what they could have ever imagined.
It’s easy to get lost in the “game of life” and feel like we are behind. Whether it’s finishing college or getting that job you’ve wanted, remember to look at God’s timing and not yours.
Just like Abraham and Sarah, or Zechariah and Elizabeth, we can think we are “too old” for something! But don’t worry, like God said to Sarah: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
The world has much different time clock than God. Don’t let the pressures of the world force you to ignore God’s timing.
Remember: He knows how your life looks tomorrow, next week, and all of eternity. Learn to be patient in the waiting.
Thoughts For The Day
What is one thing you are currently “waiting” on?
How can you be a good steward of your time with this?
Where have you seen God’s timing on something be the best timing before?
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