God’s Rolex

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.(James 1:5)

Are you facing some overwhelming struggle in your life right now? In your anguish do you ever cry out, “What’s going on?!” Well, you have a promise from God that He will tell you what’s going on… eventually.Now-Clock-300x290

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:2-5)

The Greek word used here for wisdom is sophia. It means insight into the true nature of things.[1] In other words, James is saying, “If you want to know the true nature of the trials that you’re facing, if you want to know what’s going on, just ask. However, when you ask bear this in mind; God wears a different watch than what we wear. In fact, he wears a watch with no hands and no numbers.

                For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (Psalms 90:4)

 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2 Peter 3:8)

In the spiritual dimension, where God, angels and demon spirits move, time is irrelevant. That’s why when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush He referred to Himself as “I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) Those of us in the physical realm say, “I was, I am, and I will be.” But the Eternal God says, “I am, I am and I am.” Once while speaking to religious leaders who were trying to trap him with a question about Abraham, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth; before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) Jesus was referring to the eternal, infinite nature of His being. He was saying, I am the great I AM in fleshly form and I exist in Gods perpetual now.

When you begin to grasp this profound concept of God’s perpetual now, you’ll begin to see why God’s Rolex has no hands or numbers. Yes, God promises in His WORD to give us wisdom, insight into the true nature of things, but He didn’t say exactly when He would do so.

 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

Take healing for example; I firmly believe that Jesus Christ still offers healing of physical infirmities. After all, if He still saves it stands to reason that He still heals. It’s just that simple. Now note this; if we would lay aside denominational prejudice and prayerfully study the Gospels closely we will find that, for one reason or another, not everyone who came to Jesus was instantly healed.

Yes, God promises us healing. There’s no doubt about that. He just doesn’t say when our personal healing will come. The Sovereign LORD chooses to heal some us in this life, while choosing to heal others in the next. It’s that ultimate healing that Wayne Watson sings about.

 You know pain has little mercy

And suffering’s no respecter of age, of race or position.

I know every prayer gets answered,

But the hardest one to pray is slow to come

Oh Lord, not mine, but your will be done.[2]

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

It’s all a matter of trust. If you believe that God is your closest friend and you trust him implicitly, then once and for all make up your mind to yield to his timing and His blueprint for your life. Don’t keep looking at your watch and demanding immediate action. That’s not how you treat a friend.

You must ask yourself this very important question. “Do I believe that Romans 8:28 is true?” Once you’ve established the reality of that wonderful promise in your heart, ask yourself this question. “Am I conducting myself in a manner that reflects my belief in that promise?”

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7)

 My skin feels strange
Like there’s something underneath
Locked in these chains
How I ache to be free
Dancing shadows
Call me closer
But still I’m waiting

Until the sun stands still again
Until the earth reverses
Until my eyes can see the wind
I’ll wait for you [3]


 

[1] Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words W.E. Vine M.A., Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers

[2] Home Free, words and music by Wayne Watson.

[3] Wait For You, Luna Halo, ©2000 Ariose Music (admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) / ASCAP

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