3 Ways to Trust God’s Timing in Any Season
Waiting is a part of the natural rhythm of life… but depending on what you’re waiting for, waiting seasons can seem to last a lifetime, can’t they?
In high school, we wait ‘til we’re old enough to start dating or get a job. In college, we may wait anxiously for graduation. Sometimes, we wait on getting married—or finding a new job—or having a baby—or healing from an illness. Often, we wait on God’s direction for small and big decisions.
Are you waiting on God for something right now? Have you doubted whether God will come through for you or if the waiting will ever end?
You’re not alone—we’ve all been there! To encourage you this holiday season, here are three ways to trust God’s timing in any season:
Remember Jesus’ First Coming
The people of God throughout the ages are no strangers to waiting. Ever since sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden, humanity has been waiting. First, we waited for a Savior to come. And now, we wait for our Savior to return.
During the Christmas season, we get to pause and remember the first coming of Christ. He was the long-awaited Messiah who would deliver His people from their sins.
When Adam and Eve sinned, God pronounced a curse upon the serpent who lured them into rebellion against God. And God promised in Genesis 3:15,
“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
It took centuries, but God kept His promise. Slowly but surely, He orchestrated history to bring about the fulfillment of this age-old prophecy.
Generation after generation, the plan that God hinted at in the Garden of Eden took shape. But still, the people of God waited for their Savior—until the moment finally arrived.
Wait Expectantly for Jesus’ Second Coming
Scripture says in Galatians 4:4–5 that in God’s perfect timing, Jesus was born to save us:
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s so important that we don’t miss this—God sent Jesus into the world in the fullness of time. At just the right moment, Jesus was born. He wasn’t early or late.
In 1 Corinthians 10:11, Paul explains to the Corinthian believers that Scripture—specifically the Old Testament—serves an important purpose:
“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
God orchestrated the recording of history in the Old Testament to show us how to live and how trust Him through anything. Since Jesus has come, so too has “the end of the ages.” Now, we only need to wait expectantly for Jesus’ return when all God’s promises will be finally fulfilled.
In Titus 2:11–13, Paul encourages Titus:
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”
Right now, we are waiting for our blessed hope—the second coming of our Savior, Jesus. Until then, we remember Jesus’ first coming and stand amazed— He lived, died, and was resurrected so that we can have new life and a relationship with God through Him!
Whatever you’re waiting on in this season, trust that God’s perfect timing is still at work in your life. The same God who sent Jesus to save you will provide for all your needs—at just the right moment.