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Jesus Has Different Timing

Jesus has different timing. From our earthly perspective sometimes, He has terrible timing. I mean in the real world, God’s timing is perfect. But God’s help is always given on God’s time. We don’t often like this.

Take for example this passage.

“On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.” – Matthew 14:9-13

Now what worse timing for the Son of God to withdraw to a solitary place, right? Number one: What had happened? John the Baptist, the cousin and forerunner of Jesus had just been decapitated at a party. I imagine that since he was a legend, since he was so close to Jesus, there were questions everywhere about what to do next. Jesus, what are you going to do about this? Easy. Jesus goes away. This had to frustrate the people because instead of getting involved, He goes away!

Jesus is subversive, if you will. Why though? Not to be cruel or mean, but to develop you. He wants to develop something inside of you. His timing is not your timing. It’s really not the time to be going off to a solitary place when the number two prophet just got his head cut off. But for some reason, Jesus sees it differently.

Have you been there before? It is almost as if I read the Bible sometimes and it seems like God is in a different time zone. In fact, He is. He stands outside of time. Jesus always has a different perspective of time than everyone else does. He is not limited by time. From everlasting to everlasting, He is God. He is not linear. He is the circumference of the universe.

Sometimes waiting on God can be very difficult and frustrating. Even in the story with Lazarus, Jesus shows up fashionably late! You’ve heard it said before that God is seldom early, but never late. That just is not the case with me. God is late a lot of times according to my natural perspective. He is late in this passage as well. Later in this chapter, it is getting late and there are thousands of people to be fed, and there is no food to feed them all. It’s late, and Jesus still hasn’t done anything. I’ve felt this way many times in my life.

But I have good Gospel news for you today. If you are in the will of God right now and you are doing all you know to do and you have obeyed the last thing He told you to do and it doesn’t seem that it’s coming to pass, you are right on schedule! And here is why. This is the most powerful thing I can tell you. Don’t miss it.

What you perceive as your future, God perceives as the past. He has already been into your future, and He has already seen the screenplay. He directed the entire film and although you’re watching it for the first time, He wrote the whole script! What you see as the future, the uncertainty, God has already walked in front of you. He sees things in what you call the future that are really in His past because He created it before the world ever began!

This is the day that the Lord HAS MADE, and I will rejoice and be glad in it. This is past tense. He has already authored this day before I even opened the first page or read the first paragraph. Before I look at the table of contents, He wrote the end! And the end is we win! The end is He provides! The end is we conquer! The end is He never leaves us nor forsakes us! The end is we are made like Him!

Take comfort today friend. Jesus has walked through the corridor of your life, and He is already at the exit. He has it all figured out. Release control. And trust.