Inspiration

God: Never in a Hurry; Always On Time

"Don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so
you become mature and well-developed."
(James 1:4b MSG)

Be patient with God and with yourself. One of life's frustrations is that God's timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn't. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you're making in life.

Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, "Is it time yet?" But God kept saying, "Not yet."

Contrary to popular book titles, there are no "Easy Steps to Maturity" or "Secrets of Instant Sainthood." When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.

Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, "Don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed" (James 1:4b MSG).

Don't get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn't think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: "These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" (Habakkuk 2:3 LB)

A delay is not a denial from God!

Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Years ago people wore a popular button with the letters PBPGINFWMY. It stood for "Please Be Patient, God Is Not Finished With Me Yet." God isn't finished with you, either, so keep on moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!

Talk It Over

  • How is God using a season of struggle in your life to develop your character?
  • Why is it so hard for us to be patient, even when we believe God is at work?
  • What promises from God or experiences from your past can you remember that encourage you as you wait on God's timing?
...Read More.
Now Playing:

Our Mission at a Glance

To bridge the cultural gap within

Christian Music

by uniting listeners all over the world to join in the diverse listening experience we provide.

God, Why Is This Happening to Me?

"We don't know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.... Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we wil... READ MORE

Want To Be Happy? Give Your Life Away

God wired the universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success. Happiness comes from service. God designed you to b... READ MORE

Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

Is it possible to be filled with faith and doubt at the same time? Yes! You can have faith that God wants you to do something and still be scared... READ MORE
ADVERTISEMENT

Top 5 Christian Songs