Of all the wonderful names and qualities of God, the one I think about most is God being
The Master Timer
You know “My times are in Your hands” (Psa. 31:15). The One to trust because He knows best when and how. You don’t so you let Him direct.
So why aren’t my circumstances changing for the good! Where’s a new exciting open door to walk through and be of greater service! This is getting old.
In my life God has generally given me a change of opportunity after about five years. So naturally my eyes are wide open scanning the horizon for what He’s got in mind! For at least the last six months. As my Aunt Margaret put it so apropos: poo-ta-poot! It’s a good thing we walk by faith and not by sight because I ain’t seein’ nothin’!
Joseph was 17 when he was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers. They sold him to traders where he ended up a slave to Potiphar. “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master” (Gen. 39:2). Joseph did everything right but when he refused the carnal advances of Potiphar’s wife, that came at him “day after day (verse 10),” off he went to prison. “The Lord was with Joseph in the prison” (verse 21). In time it looked like he’d be freed if only the grateful butler would tell how he had predicted his good fortune. If only! The butler forgot (40:23), and Joseph got to linger in the prison two more years! This was getting old! Till the Master Timer decided it was at last time to make Joseph, who also was getting old—properly mature—at age 30, second in command of Egypt!
Thirteen years! Undoubtedly Joseph wondered when he was going to get a break! He had no choice in where his life led him, except he wisely chose to cooperate with all his might with where God had him placed. God took Joseph from the pit—where the jealous brothers originally planned to kill him!—to the top! Way over the top of the pit!
The righteous patriarch Jacob had to live 13 years grieving over his lost beloved son before learning that Joseph was alive!
What an important prophet Daniel was
All the amazing stories and developments in his one book of the Bible. Fiery furnace! Lions den! Sounds like excitement nonstop! Yet between chapters 9 and 10 passed two years. What did God do with Daniel for two whole years?
Maybe seemed like a frustrating two long years to Daniel. Things were getting really old for him too: in captivity 66 years and probably over 80 years old! But to the Master Timer, a day is as a 1,000 years. God’s got plenty of time. Actually He’s above time. So we should trust God like there’s no tomorrow! He’s giving us eternity.
My favorite chapter in the Bible
is Psa. 37 (New Living Translation):
♥ “Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 3).
♥ “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (verse 4).
♥ “Wait patiently for him to act” (verse 7). That means long-passioned!
Waiting on the Master Timer is a necessary walk of faith for a Christian. As the saying puts it so well: What does a waiter do? He serves.