He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.—Ecclesiastes 3:11
Have you ever struggled with God’s promises to you? Has it ever seemed like there was no end in sight to the storm you were facing?
Sometimes when you are going through hardship, you wonder, When am I going to get through this? When is this storm cloud going to go away? When are things going to get better?
It reminds me of the Gospel account of Jesus and His disciples at the Sea of Galilee, when He sent them ahead by boat to the other side. But as they were making their way across, a huge storm came along. It got worse and worse. The disciples began to despair of their very lives.
Matthew’s Gospel tells us that during the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them (Matthew 14:25). The fourth watch is that time of night just before dawn, meaning that the disciples had been at sea fighting this storm and trying to get out of it for eight long hours. Then when the storm was raging, when it seemed like it would go on forever, Jesus came to them, walking on the water.
Many times He will come to us in the fourth watch. We pray, “Oh, Lord, come through now. Do it now.”
But the Lord says, “Hang on. I will be there when the time is right.”
One of the things I have learned in my years as a Christian is that along with His will, God has His timing. Sometimes we grow anxious. Sometimes we want things to happen a little more quickly than they ought to.
But God has His timing. And He is never late.