May 26, 2011
The prophet Isaiah wrote that Jesus came to give beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and in Ecclesiastes we read that God “has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecc. 3:11)
It takes time for a squiggly, crawly caterpillar to be transformed into a dainty butterfly with fragile wings.
It takes time for a miniscule seed to grow into a healthy plant and produce a plethora of vibrant colors.
It takes time for seemingly dead branches to burst into a lush shade tree or a flowering shrub.
How does that beauty happen? God takes the unattractive and makes it beautiful…in His time.
We look at Joseph, Job, Esther, Peter and see that they, along with many others throughout history, experienced seasons of “ashes” in their lives. We marvel that God transformed their unpleasant circumstances into something beautiful…in His time.
How about us? Maybe we don’t see anything beautiful about what we’re living. We may be in a season of confusion, change, uncertainty or loss, and it seems as though we are camping out on top of an ash heap. We wonder if things will ever be different. They will be…in His time.
Let’s trust in the One who came to give beauty for ashes. Our Father God specializes in making everything beautiful in His time. We just have to wait. He will do it! He promised! One day our ashes will be a thing of the distant past and we will rejoice in the beauty that replaces them…in His time.
January 29, 2011
God doesn’t flaunt His sovereignty, doing whatever He wants to on a whim. NO! Just as He has a perfect plan that is unfolding (on a universal level as well as in our own lives), He has a timetable for every step and every detail of that plan. People call it “chance” or “coincidence”, but as we look into God’s word, we see it’s His plan at work, according to His timing. The wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon, wrote that God has “made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The prophet Isaiah taught that God works according to His timetable (Isaiah 60:22). The apostle Paul wrote about Christ’s having been born “when the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, speaking of His impending death, surrendered to God’s timetable when He declared “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” (John 12:23)
God is working according to His timetable in every detail of our lives to fulfill His plan. Everything is right on course. It always was, and always will be. He won’t delay anything one second longer than planned. When we can’t figure it out, we need to remember that He is perfect and won’t mess up the plan just because we’re in a hurry. Surrendering to His timetable, we don’t have to have the schedule of events. He has it, and we can trust Him to do what He knows to be best, when He sees that it should happen. God give us grace to surrender to His timetable!