Time is a relative concept. For man, time is a fixed quantity beginning with our birth and ending with our death. A. W. Tozer wrote “God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God.” God is eternal. He is self-existing and existed before time began, in time and after time ends. This is a concept that we should remember in Moments of Faith. We should TRUST: When God Does Not Act On Time. Since God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, it is reasonable to conclude that God has a different time table than man, and His timing is better than ours.
TRUST: When God Does Not Act On Time. John 11 is one classic case . Ir is where Jesus did not immediately come to Lazarus’ aid when word was sent to Him that Lazarus was sick. In our thinking, if we get the call that our loved one is sick and we can do something about it, we leave immediately. Jesus did not. This is what He said. “When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”” Jesus’ time table was different because His ways and thoughts were higher. It was about God be glorified through it, so what we would naturally do isn’t the path when God’s glory is the ultimate goal.
With that in mind, we should be able to truly TRUST: When God Does Not Act On Time. Let’s see the most poignant example in the life of Jesus.
27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.  29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel,come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The criminals, chief priests, and teachers of the law all mocked Jesus because His time table did not match theirs. They did not have TRUST or faith in Him. In fact, they demanded that Jesus act in their time in order for them to believe. Jesus cannot and will not be manipulated to act in and on our time frame. Why? God’s glory is His ultimate goal. God has His own time table. TRUST: When God Does Not Act On Time. Instead of trusting, look at what the people did – they insulted Jesus. I can only imagine the scene or the commentary. OMG, SMH and LOL were observed in the passage. Mocking or insulting Jesus is the normal course of action when one does not TRUST Him – When God Does Not Act On Time.
Is there a circumstance you are facing now where it appears that God has not acted in time? Does it feel like God has abandoned or forsaken you? Are you wondering why has God stepped in and done something about your situation? I urge you to TRUST: When God Does Not Act On Time. God is at work and He seeks to gain glory for Himself. The principle from Lazarus’ death and resurrection is that God desires to be glorified through your circumstance. TRUST God in the midst of what may be a horrible experience. The criminals, chief priests and teachers of the law questioned whether Jesus could save Himself, whether He could destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. Not only did Jesus save Himself, He did it in away that proved His deity. He died and raised Himself in three days just as He proclaimed He would. He showed that He truly was God and the King of the Jews.
When God Does Not Act On Time, what will you do?