Trusting God’s TIMING

God has an appointed time to answer our prayers and to bring our dreams to pass. Because we don’t understand God’s timing, we live upset and frustrated, wondering when God is going to do something. When you understand God’s timing however, you won’t live all stressed out. You can relax knowing that God is in control, and at the perfect time, He is going to make it happen. The scripture says, “The vision is for the appointed time, Through it tarry, wait earnestly for it, for it will come to pass.”

The key is how are we going to wait? What will our physical, emotional and spiritual demeanor be? Are we going to wait with a good attitude and expectancy, knowing that God has great things in store? Or, are we going to be upset, frustrated, and muttering complaints? Consider this: If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you are waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? We might as well relax and enjoy our lives, knowing that at the appointed time, God is going to bring His plan to pass.

When you are truly living by faith, you can relax in what the Bible calls the “rest” of God. That’s a place where you’re not worried, you’re not struggling, you’re not trying to figure everything out, wondering why something is or isn’t happening. The “rest” of God is a place of total trust. When you’re in God’s rest, you know that at the perfect time, God is going to perform everything He promised: He will bring it into being.

Understand, God is at work in your life whether you can see anything happening externally or not. God often works the most when we see it and feel it the least. If you’re not seeing God move in your life right now, one of two possibilities can be considered. Either your requests are not God’s best, and will probably not be answered the way you’d like, or it must not be the right time. If God were to answer that prayer the way you were hoping, it could interfere with His ideal plan for you.

We don’t always understand God’s methods. His ways don’t always make sense to us, but we have to realize that God sees the big picture. Consider this possibility: You may be ready for what God has in store for you, but somebody else who is going to be involved isn’t ready yet. God has to do a work in another person or another situation before your prayer can be answered according to God’s will in your life. All the pieces have to come together for it to be God’s perfect time. When it’s the appointed time, no man can keep it from happening. When it’s your due season, God will bring it to pass.

Learn to trust His timing. Let God do it His way. When we try to force open doors and make things happen in our own strength, the end result is a constant strain on us and a drain on our resources. Life becomes a struggle. Nearly all joy, peace and victory dwindle from our existence.

Be careful! If God isn’t in what you are doing, you need to make a change. Here is where many people miss out on God’s favor. They know God has spoken to them; He has placed a dream within their hearts. But then they set out trying to fulfill God’s plan on their own. We must be aware that if we get out of God’s timing, it’s the same as getting out of God’s will. We need to be patient and let God bring His plan together at the appointed time. That is not to say that we should sit back passively and expect God to do everything. No, we must aggressively pursue our dreams. But if a door is not opening, don’t try to make things happen in your own strength.

On the other hand, if you’re in God’s timing, you can be in the midst of the biggest challenge of your life, and you’ll still be filled with joy. God will give you all the grace you need. If you will learn to trust God’s timing, He’s promised that at the right time, He will bring your dreams to pass and answer your prayers. The answer will come, and it will be right on time.

(excerpt from the Book Review of Chapter 22 of
“Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen, pp. 195-204)

13 thoughts on “Trusting God’s TIMING

  1. cristina

    This has been a real inspiration to me, I have understood that God’s timing is more importante than my own. I am going through a difficult time of waiting and this has opened my eyes more wide so I can see the full picture. This is what I was looking for to find strength and patience for my situation. May God bless you and all your work here.


  2. Wendie Gondwe

    The word of God brings light to our lives and no matter what we go through and think we will never make it, I am encouraged by the fact that the right timing for all things comes from God. Some of the things we aspire to have or achieve are indeed not in the best interest of God and He is purifying us so we when the right time comes, we will remember the wilderness experience and Thank God for the right time. My prayer is that God will encourage us not to loose focus but to keep holding on until the right time comes for it will surely come. Thank God for men and women of God who have taken time to feed hungry souls like mine on the net. May God richly bless you. I am encouraged and I know my right time is coming in Jesus Name


  3. WaitingonGod

    Thank you so much for this message! My boyfriend and I can’t wait to get married, but we’ve got one more year of college to finish up and sometimes it’s too easy to try plan our own timeline for marriage and life instead of giving up to Him. Thank you for the reminder for us to be patient and wait on Him through prayer and with a peaceful heart.


  4. c.anita

    Thank you so much…today i was very disturbed but after reading this now i feel better…yes we should wait for his appointed time


  5. kim

    i’ve been a christian for three years now, but i have a question about God’s timing that’s been bugging me for several weeks already: if God has a perfect timing for everything and everyone, what happens if the other people involved in realizing God’s timing in our lives do not listen to His voice? we have freewill, after all. what happens to His plans for our lives, then?


  6. twitke mwausegha

    am really blessed to be part of this…its really changing my life
    and talking about the theme trusting in God i now have the piece of mind knowing that no prayer will remain unanswered if indded am praying in his will for when the rite time comes it will surelly come to pass..thank
    God bless you all


  7. Dora Grace

    I want to say thank you so much. I am waiting for someone that it seems insane to wait for but I believe it is right and I’m happy and I’m waiting… I trust God will answer in His way and give me the strength to wait till he is ready. I truly believe that I’ve been asked to wait for him and so this has helped reaffirm that. I feel at peace. And I feel happy. Gonna wait those 2 years… while preparing for my career and for God to work. He is not ready and so I must wait and hope and pray. Thank you.


  8. Secret Angel

    Thank you for this great push. For so many years I lived on my own strength thinking that I was in control and that all is going according to plan. All of sudden all collapsed and I none was the same. I felt lost and wished death for I found myself lost everything including my faith. I hardly walked back to God with shame to left up. Gracefully He did and even gave me new promises and new dreams. Now I am waiting with faith and expectation. I am in the process of enjoying this. God is in control



    thank you, this peace was quite inspirational, i am believing in God for my Bcom degree in Marketing that i am studying towards to, beginning of July, i am praying for wisdom, zeal & strength so i can make it, pass all my modules and take over the world…. i love God and i never want to go anywhere without him, i want and need him ever present…. thank you.


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