God's Perfect Timing: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me
"Lord, why are you allowing this to happen?"
"Lord, don't you care?"
How those early Christians must have cried out to the Lord for help and protection. Just try to imagine what they were going through. Saul was making havoc of the church. Breathing threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, he entered into every house, dragging out both men and women, and delivering them bound into the prisons. The Christians were in fear as he persecuted the church of God and wasted it beyond measure. Loved ones were carried away; children lost their parents. Broken-hearted Christians must have pleaded with the Lord for help. Some may have been praying for Saul's death. And perhaps others - could it be - were praying for his salvation?
And yet, through it all, Heaven remained silent. In spite of all the turmoil and prayers, God did not step in. Why not? Why did He allow such a madman to continue his ranting against the Christians?
Paul, himself, gives us the answer...
But when it pleased God,
who separated me from my mother's womb,
and called me by his grace,
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;
immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
When it pleased God.
Heaven may have been silent but God was watching. He had heard every despairing cry. His immense love for those early Christians had not diminished one bit.
But . . . it wasn't time.
Not until the day on the Damascus road.
Heaven watched as the blasphemer, persecutor and injurious Saul neared Damascus. As the city came into view and the sun reached its peak in the sky...
It was time.
Not a minute early.
Not a minute late.
The time had come for God to reveal His Son to Saul.
Then had the churches rest
throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria.
And [the Christians] glorified God because of [Paul].
Galatians 1:24 ESV
But why didn't God save Saul earlier? Why did He allow such harassment to occur if He was going to save Saul anyway?
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When it pleased God . . . Saul was converted. In God's ultimate plan and wisdom, Saul was saved at just the right time. Oh, if it had been up to us, things would have been different. What heartache we would have eliminated had the power been in our hands. But, we are not in control. God is. And, as far as I can see, the Scriptures do not tell us why God chose that particular time to save Saul.
All we know is, God's timing is perfect. It always has been. It always will be.
He sent His Son at just the right time...
But when the fulness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
For when we were yet without strength,
in due time (at the right time)
Christ died for the ungodly.
And He works things out in our lives at just the right time.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
o them who are the called according to his purpose.
We all know this verse. We quote it many times. But do we truly believe it? In the middle of our difficult circumstances, do we sincerely trust that the timing of God and the "all things" that He allows will work together for our good?
As we look at our life can we honestly say ... But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased (Psalm 115:3)?
While we earnestly pray for the salvation of our family members...
When troubles arise in the church...
As we sit beside a loved one struggling with cancer...
When we feel falsely accused...
When things don't get better but only seem to get worse...
When doubtful thoughts arise asking, "Where are you, Lord?" "Don't you see?" "Don't you care?"...
Can we say . . . when it pleases you, Lord ?
Lord, help us to rest in your timing. Give us the patience to wait until it pleases you. When we don't understand your ways, please help us trust in the fact that you are in control. May we remember that you are never late - but always right on time. Help us to do as David encouraged us to do, and...
Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.
Written by Zonya Bergsma
Reach Hearts Ministries