God's perfect timing
Recently I came across a true story that happened during the Holocaust of the Second World War.
Solomon Rosenberg, his wife and their 2 sons were arrested, together with Rosenburg's mother and father for the crime of being Jews. They were placed in a Nazi concentration camp.
It was a labour camp, and the rules were simple.
"As long as you can do your work, you are permitted to live. When you become too weak to do your work, then you will be exterminated."
Rosenberg watched as his mother and father were marched off to their deaths. He knew that the next would be his youngest son, David - because David had always been a frail child.
Every evening, Rosenberg came back into the barracks after each day of hard labour and searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another and thank God for another day of life.
One day Rosenberg came back and didn’t see those familiar faces.
He finally discovered his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner, huddled, weeping and praying. He said, "Josh, tell me it’s not true."
Joshua turned and said, "It is true, Dad. Today David was not strong enough to do his work. So they came for him."
"But where is your mother?" asked Mr. Rosenberg.
"Oh Dad," he said, "When they came for David, he was afraid and he cried. So Mum said, 'There is nothing to be afraid of, David,' and she took his hand and went with him."
That illustrates a mother’s love-- a love so strong that it chooses to give up life so her child can be comforted.
This is also a picture of the sacrificial love of Jesus...He will never let us go through the fire alone. He comforts and guides us…
Why is communion sacred? Because when we take communion we must first remember the ultimate sacrifice…when our soul was required and death came looking for it…Jesus stepped up into our place and said…I’ll go.
He left His Father and came to earth that we might have life and have it more abundantly. When we are at our most frail point…Jesus is at His strongest.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind”
It was a script right out of a Hollywood Movie. Down 3 to 1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, David Murphy, who had just made a great catch in the bottom of the 8th inning comes to the plate with one man on base. He’s facing his former team, the Texas Rangers. One swing of the bat and a powerful blast over the right field fence and the game is tied. 3 extra innings and the game is won with a walk off homer for the Indians.
Isn’t it great when life goes according to your plans? Occasionally life will imitate art, but more often than not we don’t know what’s coming next. If we did… our timing in every situation would be perfect.
We often hear about the bad thing that happened to us because the timing was wrong and we were punished for it. We were at the wrong place and the wrong time…etc. “Discipline isn't a dirty word. Far from it. Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy. Discipline implies timing. It's the precursor to good behavior, and it never comes from bad behavior. People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary.” Buck Brannaman Author “the faraway horses”
Gods timing through discipline in our lives helps us avoid punishment
“Your best work involves timing. If someone wrote the best hip hop song of all time in the Middle Ages, he had bad timing.”
― Scott Adams
“The essence of courage is timing. Take me, for example. I’ll show up to fight anybody, anywhere. I’ll just show up a day late.”
― Jarod Kintz,
We are going to talk about God’s perfect timing today.
I His time isn’t always our time
a. We want what we want when we want. Psalm 55:1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea; Psalm 56:1 Be merciful to me, my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.,Psalm 61:1 Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer. Psalm 70:1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, LORD, to help me. etc. it’s a difficult thing to accept but He knows and is on top of it. We still have the right to come to Him but we need to know even as we are praying that He is in control
If we had a web site for our lives the majority of the time it would be www.wwwwwwww.com.
Why is this?
• We are selfish Mark 10:35 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
• We are spoiled
b. We live in a world of instant gratification. “If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have asked for it tomorrow” We live in a world of 60 second credit approvals, 15 minutes can save you 15%. We simply do not have time to wait for all the good things we feel we are entitled to have.
c. We are the recipient of peace, not the providers. We have no peace when we try to control God’s timing. Philippians 4: 4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
II. God….What time is it?
Psalm 27:1-3 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
• God says…. It doesn’t matter - “I’ve got it”
Sheila’s got a new watch where all the numbers are jumbled together at the bottom and the words on top read… “Whatever…. I’m going to be late anyway” In essence it doesn’t matter.
For the Christian…it doesn’t matter “whatever” the world or our enemies have planned for us. God is on top of it.
Psalm 64:1-10 1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”
6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;