God is Never Late (#985)
Good morning! Today we’re going to talk about a topic we touch on now and then, but don’t necessarily focus on; which is simply that God is never late. And that sometimes is a hard thing for us to get used to because we’re used to people always being late and often being late ourselves. People are all over the map with this kind of thing. There are those that say they’ll be over at three-o-clock, for them it means that they’ll arrive anywhere between five and nine PM, and there are cultures where that is how they look at time. And there are other people that say three o-clock and they lock the door at 3:01 and won’t talk to you. And people are anywhere in the middle there. Everybody has a different sense of time and what is reasonable. And I was told at one point of my life that if you’re going to a dinner party its polite to show up five minutes late, because if you show up five minutes early, your host might still be scurrying around getting the meal ready. So, it is impolite to arrive early. I have other people say that if you don’t arrive ten minutes early, then that is not good. So, people are all over the map, but God is never late. He always gets us what he promised us when he promised it. But sometimes we have to be very patient until things fall into line. And sometimes there are a lot of things involved that we don’t know about. Sometimes God has to wait on people to be ready and do what they are told; you know what God tells them to do. Because they don’t want to listen to God. There are other times where other circumstances have to fall into place, and other times we just don’t know what is going on.
I always think of that time in Jeremiah where everybody pleaded with Jeremiah to go ask God whether they should stay in Jerusalem or flee to Egypt and God didn’t tell them or Jeremiah for ten whole days. There are other times where Jesus Christ walks into a situation and clearly gets revelation and immediately heals somebody or raises the dead or makes the blind see. So, there are times where God moves very quickly, there are times where God makes people wait awhile. And we don’t always know why (unless God tells you you don’t know why — sometimes He’ll tell you and sometimes He won’t), but what we do know is that for what He has promised He’s never late.
So, we’ll read a few scriptures along those lines and you can read the whole Bible on this topic and virtually every chapter in the Bible would have something that applies to it. I obviously had to pick a few that we could fit into our fellowship schedule so I’ll read a few — and a lot of these are very familiar verses that we read from time to time, but we’re going to look at them from the point of view of God not being late. So let’s start in Psalms 27…
As taught by Bruce Mahone 20200126. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Psalms 27:14 Wait (qawah – expect, look for) on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.
Psalms 37:1-9, 34-37 Vs. 5: Commit thy way – “roll thy way upon” the Lord (vss. 9, 34: qawah – wait with expectation)The end of the perfect man is peace
Vs. 7: Rest in the Lord [be still, silent before the Lord];Wait patiently for him
Psalms 40 I waited (qawah – vs. 1) patiently (intently – waiting I waited) for the Lord, and he heard
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit (vs. 2).
5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted. (NRSV)
Psalms 62:5-8 My expectation is from him (God), vs. 5
(Psalms 130) Forgiveness with God (vs. 4), that he may be feared (revered). I wait (with expectation) for the Lord (vs. 5). Watch for the morning – includes guards, keepers
Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 Better is the patient than proud in spirit (disposition). [patience better than pride]
Isaiah 40:28-31 They that wait (with expectation) upon the LORD shall renew their strength
Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD
II Thessalonians 3:1-5 The Lord direct into patient waiting for [patience of] Christ