Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 20-26 September 2015
“You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly.”
For fans of the Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye (street series) entitled AlDub, we commonly hear the phrase “Tamang Panahon” (Right Time) from Lola Nidora. We all understand the meaning of these two words but sometimes we can’t just wait for the right time to come. Oftentimes, we take matters into our own hands and we do what we shouldn’t be doing yet. In the end, we suffer because we realized that the time isn’t just right yet.
When we open the Bible, we see that God often makes His people wait. For instance, Jesus Christ was born during the time of the Roman Empire. It was during this time that travel is easier and the Roman Empire is vast enough that many people are travelling and living here. In another instance, the Jews travelled through the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. Also, Jacob in the Book of Genesis served for seven years to get Rachel.
According to Eric Speir, there are five reasons why God makes us wait: (You may see his article at Relevant Magazine here: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/5-reasons-god-makes-us-wait)
- It reveals our true motives
- It builds patience in our lives
- It builds anticipation
- It transforms our character
- It builds intimacy and dependence on God
Waiting isn’t just anticipating for something, it is a lesson and a process that we must go through as children of God. We are being trained to be dependent and at the same time to be patient. God’s time is often not the time we expect it to be. It appears that because of our mindset of “Our Time” we think that God isn’t answering our prayer but just waiting for the proper moment to answer our prayers. Through this delay, we realize that God not only knows when to give but also gives us more than we think because it came “just at the right moment.”
This week, as we begin a new page in our lives, let us consider in our plans not only our time but also God’s because “it is just at the right moment.”
God is neither too early nor too late.