by: Steve Fawcett
‘God has everything exactly timed for good’, once said the missionary Jim Elliot. But we tend to have great trouble in understanding God’s timing. It just doesn’t make sense to us. We’d have done it differently. God never seems to be on schedule, or at least not on our schedule. I’m sure Joshua wondered why his career had to go nowhere for so long, 40 years, the best years of his life. God tells us in the Bible that we will at times have a hard time understanding His ways. Isa. 55:8,9
We live in a microwave age, where we want everything now, fast, like cooking something quickly in a microwave oven. But there are no microwaves in the Christian life. But, as others have said, there are crock pots, also cracked pots too! But crock pots are sloooow cookers. They need time, lots of it. Sometimes Deb will put something in there and it will be 8 hours before its ready. In the same way, spiritual maturity never comes quickly.
God puts his best people in the slowest of slow cookers, (think of Joshua and Caleb, 40 years!) because when the time is right, not only will they be done, but they’re also tender. And that’s the kind of person God can use. An effective Christian needs to have a tender, responsive heart towards God.
So when life disrupts your well laid plans you can yield yourself completely to the Master’s wisdom and timing, or you can get bitter and start scheming to get what you want. Now, there is nothing wrong with being proactive and changing the things you can. But I like what W. Wiersbe once said that ‘faith is living without scheming.’ No back room manipulations, no secret agendas, no secret meetings. Honesty, integrity, hard work.
Follow Jesus with all your heart! Be faithful in those unplanned pit stops. Don’t get bitter, but trust God with your future.