Today is Wednesday. I'm excited because I get to preach elementary chapel and then high school chapel, and then our Mid Week Service on the Names and Titles of Christ. Yesterday we started our Christian School and it is such a blessing to see students who love God meeting together to be taught and influenced by Teachers who love God and who love to teach their students. Some classes I went into had as low as six students for one grade. That is an amazing ratio. Without the support of our adults at Church, we just couldn't make it, but they believe in Christian Education. I looking forward to the day. The thought I came up today came from reading in the Book of John. Here it is:
GOD'S TIMING- John 16:18 "They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith." Thirteen times in ten verses, we see the phrase "a little while". This phrase is used of the death and departure of Christ in the book of John, and then in Hebrews it is used concerning the coming of our Lord. Well, apparently,.... God's timing is different than ours. It was "a little while" and Jesus would be slain for our sins; but, it has been a while, and Jesus has not come back yet.... by the way.... He will! Hebrews says: Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." He will come again, and it will be "a little while"; but, it will only be thus because God's timing is different than ours. Friend, could I confess to you that one of my hardest tasks in the Christian Life is to accept His timing over mine. I must trust His Wisdom, His Will, His Plan for my life in every situation. He comes through in His own timing. But, sometimes His timing means He will not come through for us. That is difficult for us to accept. That God's timing would include us failing, us being hurt, our loved ones dying, etc. But, He knows best! Many a Christian has lost their homes in the last few years. Christian die of cancer and are not healed by the Lord. Many experience divorce, hardships, pain, suffering, etc.; and yet, God chose not to come through and heal, fix, reverse, intervene, etc. Why? Well, in Heaven we will find out. But until then, let us learn to trust His timing and believe Him when Christ says: "a little while". Soon! Yes, soon, my friend, it will all be over. Psalms 27:14 "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
Have a blessed day! Pastor Mike Mutchler