Give Him the ClockBy BRO. TERRY IVY,
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;” (Isaiah 40:31) Oh, that dreaded word to the average American—“wait.” We are accustomed to instant grits, instant potatoes, instant tea, and microwave popcorn. Waiting is NOT in our DNA! And yet, God asks us to wait. In fact, he promises renewed strength to those who do. However, this requires us to let go of the clock and trust God’s timing. We must take the watch off our wrist and hand it to Christ!
Time only matters if we are impatient, and impatience pops its ugly head up when we feel that God is moving at the ‘speed of turtle!’ Perhaps our failure to wait in faith is what holds us back from enjoying God’s care and provision. We want to be in charge… we want to have the ultimate control… we want to have the final say, and God is calling us to die to our timeline, our deadline, and our demands. As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
Every time I have gotten around an older believer that I look up to, I always realize one crucial thing—they seem to live in patience. As grandparents, they move slower and more deliberate, sucking the juice out of every moment. They are not rushy, pushy, or fidgeting. They have given their ‘clock’ to Christ.
I am convicted as I write this. Too many times, I hold tightly to the clock and schedule in my own life. It always leads to some form of anxiety or frustration. If you feel the same way, let’s walk up toward Calvary together. Let us gaze our eyes upon our Lord Jesus hanging on the Cross. At that moment, He divided time between B.C. and A.D. At that moment, time stood still as the heavens became dark. At that moment, Satan was running out of time for having dominion over man. At the moment our Lord was dying, life was about to spring forth. At the Cross, Jesus began a revolution of giving eternal life to all who will repent and receive him through faith. It marked a new time for all who surrendered. It was a time of ‘new birth.’
The Lord is more than capable of taking care of you and me. After all, a sparrow can not fall from the sky without him knowing it. Our impatient is really a declaration that we do not trust Him. Ouch! That hurts, but it is true. If we have trusted Him for the salvation of our souls, certainly we should trust him for the timing of events in our life.
The author of time is above the limitations of time. When things seem slow, it is not because He doesn’t care, but it is that He desires for us to hear the call to let Him run the show. He calls us to trust Him. He calls us to… Give Him the Clock!