Our Devotion for Wednesday, April 5, 2023, is taken from: Amazing Grace Devotions for Lent by Michael Hoy.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8 NIV
ALL IN GOOD TIME
As a child, when my birthday neared, I was always filled with many anxious questions like: “When will we have the party?” “When will the others get here?” and “When can we open the presents?” My mother would calmly give me the same answer: “All in good time.”
When the early church was facing questions about when the Lord would return, they did not have easy answers. Their hearts wondered about God’s timing. So do ours. But the “all in good time” of our Lord may well be about “not wanting any to perish” (2 Peter 3:9). Our gracious Lord is patient with us and certainly does not want any hearts to be troubled. Rather than being anxious, then, we are called by St. Paul to use our own time now more wisely by being gracious toward others, even our critics. “Be kind to one another,” Paul says, “tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). As we sing in “Amazing Grace,” “We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.” There is still time to spread God’s grace.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8 NIV). The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God does things for reasons we don’t understand and at times we cannot comprehend. Michael’ reflection underscores and the prophet Isaiah affirms, that God moves when God deems the time is right. Often our frustration with God stems from our own impatience, as we want God to operate according to our timetables and in accordance with our preferences. We want God to answer our prayers, provide solutions, and bless us abundantly as soon as the last syllable of our prayer leaves our lips.
Michael’s reflection reminds us that being a follower of Christ requires patience and persistence. Patience in knowing that God is at work, especially when we cannot perceive what God is doing. Persistence in our commitment to grow in faith, deepening our relationship with God, and expanding our joyful servanthood. As my friend the Rev. Karen Noel is fond of saying: “It’s not about you/me, it’s about God and what God wants to do.”
Lord, turn our hearts from impatient anxiety to patient trust in the promise that you will grace us all with your good news in your good time. Amen.