Living According to God’s Timetable

A Brief Biblical Principle from our lesson on John 7:1-24:

In chapter 7, as all Jews were preparing to attend the Festival of Shelters in Jerusalem, Jesus informed his brothers he was not going to Jerusalem with them.  They countered, quite strongly, that he should not only go with them, but also put his miracles on display for all to see.

John records:

So Jesus replied, “My time has not yet arrived, but you are ready at any opportunity!

What we see here is Jesus’ avoidance of the wrong time in God’s sovereign plan, and Jesus’ perfect obedience to the right time in God’s sovereign plan.

The scene hearkens back to John 2, where, at a wedding in Cana, Jesus’ mother appealed to him to help (miraculously) with the depleted wine.  Jesus replied to her,

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

Mankind hurries about life often forgetting that God’s Timetable is not random.  Search the gospels and you will find that Jesus was never in a hurry, nor was he ever late.  God’s timing is always impeccable.

Jesus’ brothers were thinking in terms of mere human logic.  Jesus knew better.

Don’t rush God.  That’s never a good idea.  Wait for him.  His timing is always best.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick