Friday, June 12, 2015
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.—Ecclesiastes 3:11
Years ago at our church in Riverside, we had a clean-up day where we were doing some gardening, painting, and other things. Now, I have no handyman skills whatsoever. But I wanted to help out, so I decided to trim a hedge. I plugged in one of those electric trimmers and was trimming along when I somehow went too far and cut the cord. I looked this way and that way, and then I set it down and walked off. Years later, a friend of mine told me that he saw the whole thing. I didn’t think that anyone had seen me.
That is what Moses thought when he tried to cover up his sin:<
When Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. (Exodus 2:11–12)
God did not tell Moses to do this. Moses looked in all directions, but it’s too bad that he didn’t look up. If he had, God would have told him not to even think about it.
Sometimes we try to do God’s work in the wrong way. God wants to do His work in His way in His timing. Just as important as the will of God is the timing of God. Sometimes the Lord will give you a sense of what He wants to do in your life, but the time is not quite right. Slow down a little and wait on the Lord, because the Bible says that “God has made everything beautiful for its own time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Radio Program: “Seeing God’s Grace Up Close – Naghmeh Abedini — I”
TV Program: “David Siegel Interview, Part 2”
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11,Philippians 2
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.