You Must Remember Divine Timing

Divine timing, as used in this article, is a reference to God’s schedule. God doesn’t move according to our timing. But He moves at the right time.

In our text (i.e., I Pet. 5:8-11), Peter first of all urges his readers to resist the devil. And then he has them to know that God will restore them, after they have suffered a little while.

We don’t spend much time talking about resisting the devil. And every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we all must suffer, but we have some hope also. In this devotional series, I want to suggest that we should work on resisting and suffering with hope.

In this particular devotional, let’s focus on divine timing. When we think about God’s restoring us, we should remember that God moves according to His own timing.

In other words, even though God can restore right now, He may not restore right now, because it is not according to His blessed plan for our lives. God has a marvelous plan for our lives.

And in His plan, there are some times of suffering. And no matter how we pray, fast, or praise, we must endure some suffering, if it is our time.

So then let’s work on developing the faith to trust our God who can restore us but does not always restore us according to our plans. Nothing will help us with this kind of faith like prayerful study, obedience, and Christian support (see Rom. 10:17; Jm. 2:17; Col. 3:16).

The more we learn about God through prayerful study and the more we take Him at His word and the more we encourage one another to hold on to our faith then the more we will know down in our hearts that God’s ways are best for us.

The more we prayerful study and obey with Christian support the more we will know down in our hearts that “everything that happens to me comes through Jesus first, and it is going to be all right.” Let’s resolve to trust divine timing.

Self Examination
List some times when God has not moved according to your schedule but now you can see that God was moving according to His timing.

How does reflecting on these matters help you cope with your current suffering?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is more powerful than any satanic influence that I will ever encounter. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have spent too much energy focusing on my own schedule, instead of trusting Your divine timing. Please forgive me for these and my many other sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to remember and trust that Your schedule is best for me. Thank You, in the name of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the feedback form below.

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