God's Timetable and Our Rush

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 70:1-5

The Psalmist wants God’s help and he wants it now. “O Lord, come quickly to help me” (v. 1b). “Come quickly to me, O God” (v. 5a). “Do not delay” (v. 5 b).

This is a common human trait. We even try to rush God! The martyrs in heaven cry out “how long?”

I have found that my timetable is always ahead of God’s. But his timetable is perfect. Someone has said that if you pray for patience God may send you some experiences that teach you patience the hard way.

We need to recognize that our timetable is flawed. We base it on a limited insight. But God’s timetable is perfect, based on his perfect knowledge of all things.

Instead of praying like David, we need to learn to pray, “Lord, help me according to your timetable. Help me to wait patiently as you carry out your perfect plan for my benefit.”

We don’t always give our children what they want when they want it. Our heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love. He knows when and how to answer our prayers. Wait patiently on the Lord, and he will bring it to pass. Don’t panic. God is never late.


Father, help us to surrender to your timetable, knowing you will help when you know it is best. Amen.