5 Bible Verses About God’s Timing

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Ithink most people are not as patient as they should be, and that includes me, but here are 5 Bible verses that will help us understand God’s timing.

Waiting on God’s Timing has its Rewards – Psalm 27:14

I think most people are not as patient as they should be, and that includes me, but is the first of 5 Bible verses that will help us understand God’s timing. To start with, David had to wait a long, long time for Saul to exit the throne of Israel before he could reign as King. In fact, David waited over 20 years of his life to be made king. How David handled this for more than two decades shows his great patience and trust in God’s timing, not his. He had two chances to kill King Saul, but knew it was not God’s will. He writes during this time of great difficulty and uncertainty to “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14)! So easy to say…so very hard to do, but David’s example of waiting on God’s timing is an excellent lesson for us to try and not take matters into our own hands and try to force God’s hand.

Will you be patient and wait on God, or be impatient and act on your own will?

Renewing Your Strength by Waiting – Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah the Prophet tells us that it is those who wait upon the Lord who will have their strength renewed. I assume for those who don’t wait upon the Lord, their strength is zapped. Isaiah the Prophet says that “they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). We can grow weary and might even faint during circumstances and having to wait, but waiting on God is a form of rest. When we rest in Him, we show we have trust in Him. And that means our trust is in the right place or rather, the right Person.

A Time for Everything and Purpose – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Solomon explains that whatever happens in our life ultimately has a purpose, including the time when things happen. In the end, it is God’s timing that matters. There are proper times for everything and for every occasion. For example, at a funeral, it’s a time to cry, not laugh (Eccl 3:4). At times we know it’s best to keep silent and at other times, to speak up (Eccl 3:7). There’s even a right time for war and for peace (Eccl 3:8), but again, God’s timing is always best. We need to recognize and show wisdom in knowing when and how to act or not to act in certain situations because “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccl 3:1).

Our Frame and God’s Time Frame – 2 Peter 3:9

End Times

The Apostle Peter wants us to understand that God is not limited by time and space, and that thousands of years to us are but a day to Him. In other words, God’s time or His timing may not match what we think our timing should be. One example is about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Many who say they used to believe in God and others who are openly hostile to God, and thus, to hostile to Christians “will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet 3:4). All we can say is the Lord says no one can know the day or hour of His second coming, but we know for a fact that He is coming (Rev 1:7). Why has Jesus not yet come back? Peter says it is because God “is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). He is waiting for that last sinner to repent and be saved, or what the Apostle Paul called, “The fullness of the Gentiles” (Rom 11:25). For me, I am glad He didn’t come before I was saved!

Nothing’s too Hard for God – Genesis 18:14

Although the child of Promise, Isaac is not yet born, God encourages Abraham, now 99 years old now, that he’s going to be a father, proving that nothing is too hard for God. Biologically, things didn’t look good for Sarah to bear a child. Remember, she would be 90 years old when the child was born! Even though Abraham was pleasantly surprised, Sarah wasn’t thoroughly convinced, so God said to her, “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son” (Gen 18:14). And of course, it came to pass so that was a rhetorical question.  God wasn’t asking Abraham’s opinion. Now, I have a question for me. Is anything too hard for me? Yep! Lots of things are hard for me, but for God, there is nothing that is hard. We think our problems are huge? Then our estimation of God is too small, for He is infinitely greater than our biggest problems.


God is waiting for sinners to repent today and to come for the free gift of God (Eph 2:8-9), saving faith in Jesus Christ. I plead with you right now to come to Christ and put your trust in Him. He can cleanse you from all sin and make you presentable before a Holy God in heaven. Without Christ’s imputed righteousness, you cannot enter the Kingdom (Rev 21:8). That means you enter into eternal darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth. I ask you now to repent today and put your trust in Christ or face God’s judgment after death (Heb 9:27) or at Christ’s appearance (Rev 20:12-15), whichever happens to come first.

Here is some related reading for you: 8 Favorite Bible Verses About God’s Timing

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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