by Graham Mol
God’s timing is perfect. The older I get, the more times I see it happen, the more I realise this to be true. In the moment it can be difficult to see, it often feels like the Lord is taking forever to do something, but when you look back and reflect on what He has done you often see just how perfectly He planned and timed everything to work out. The one thing that I have come to see is that God often changes our heart before He changes our situation.
Let me give you some examples of what I mean by this. Before bringing restoration to a broken relationship, the Lord often works in our own heart softening it towards the person. Before bringing about a financial breakthrough or blessing, He teaches us to trust in His provision. Before bringing healing and restoration, He helps us to see that in Christ we are already whole.
I will always remember the time, about half a year into our marriage that Candice was longing to have a child. I wasn’t in any rush to have kids so soon, in fact I was pretty opposed to it, even suggesting we wait a couple of years! Yet I could see how much this mattered to Candice and asked the Lord to change my heart about having kids at that point in time. Somehow, in a way that only God can do, He changed my heart and gave me that desire to have a child. I remember agreeing that we could start trying for a baby at the end of that year. Remember what I said about God’s timing being perfect? Well not long after this change of heart Candice and I were both surprised to learn that she was already pregnant! I can only thank God that He had changed my heart otherwise my reaction to the news wouldn’t have been so positive at the time.
God often changes our heart before He changes our situation. Another way of looking at this is to see it as faith. It is trust in God, belief in Him and His promises that brings about that change of heart.
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24)
So often these statements get reduced to a formula, a name it claim it type of thinking. But what they are really about is having that trust that God hears our prayers, that He is already working in our hearts, and that the answer will come in His way and in His perfect timing.