His perfect time

by Ali Hoffman

North Texas Catholic

12/16/2019

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I pray, nothing seems to happen. I don’t hear any big, booming voices. I either think I must pray harder or use different words. Does God even hear me? Is this whole Christian life a sham?!  

Dramatic, I know. But my humanity peeks its head out every once in a while to remind me that I’m not a saint, I don’t have perfect faith, and I should probably ask for more grace and faith. 

My lack of trust sometimes glares right at me. In moments like these (which are very real, very human, and totally normal), I’m reminded of the Bible verse in Romans, where Paul talks about Abraham’s faith:

“[Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body as already dead (for he was almost a hundred years old) and the dead womb of Sarah. He did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to do” (4:19-21).

How often do I question God’s timeline or move hastily on a dream or vision that He’s given me? I want immediate results and I want them to be perfect every time. Often, when I don’t produce these unrealistic results, I shrink back into complacency and focus on the problems here and now. I don’t fully have faith that God will do what He promised He would do. I often struggle with the reality of where I am in life, and I think my present state is where I’ll be forever. However, God thinks differently. Thank Him for that!

“For the vision is a witness for the appointed time; a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. See, the rash have no integrity; but the just one who is righteous because of faith shall live” (Habakkuk 2:3-4).

Whatever the Lord is calling you to do, He will make a way. You don’t have to force it to happen. You don’t have to coerce, manipulate, or demand for something to happen. You don’t have to say the perfect prayer for God to hear you. You don’t need to see immediate results, and often, you are only asked to plant seeds that someone else will harvest. The Lord has a timeline for everything under the sun.

Sit.
Wait. 
Pray.
And then move when He says move.

There’s a reason why patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It’s not just being patient with other people. It’s being patient with the dreams and desires the Lord has placed in our hearts to unfold in His perfect timing, not our sometimes-imprudent timing. So, trust Jesus. Fall in love with Jesus. And move when He says move. He’s given you everything you need to love and follow Him in this present moment. There’s a reason why the Psalmist says, “He is a light unto my path.” Notice that there’s no mention of the horizon.

Today, I’m praying for the faith of Abraham, that even though I have no idea how God is going to pull this off or make this happen, I have faith that He is God, and He will make a way. 

clock with bible

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I pray, nothing seems to happen. I don’t hear any big, booming voices. I either think I must pray harder or use different words. Does God even hear me? Is this whole Christian life a sham?!  

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