This Month's Promise

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

- (Exodus 33:14)

Read: Psalm 13: 1-6


"He has made everything beautiful in its time. ...” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Once John Phillips visited a plant where they make cars and trucks. He writes as follows his observation, “Everything was geared to automation. The designers had done everything that human ingenuity could suggest to speed up the process of making a motor vehicle. The flow of materials was timed with mathematical precision, nothing moved out of sequence, even the men and women who handled elaborate tools were trained to perform a single function, and each one was a specialist. As a result cars rolled off the assembly line in a steady stream. Yet every single vehicle moved at a snail’s pace through the factory. It did not matter if they were assembling the chassis or putting on doors or installing the dashboard - the car moved along from one process to the next at an exasperatingly slow pace. I watched the cars being painted and going from the painting room to the drying room. The engineers who designed that plant knew down to the second how long it would take for the paint to fully dry, not until that exact moment was the car allowed out of the furnace heat. Everything was geared to speed, but at the same time everything was geared to snail’s pace. A car was not forsaken at any stage on the contrary. Each stage was a result of the highest engineering skill.

David begins Psalm 13 with the words, “How long?” He felt that the Lord in heaven had forgotten him. Worse, he thought that the Lord had forsaken him. That’s why he asks repeatedly. “How long O Lord?” Dear friends, one thing we have to learn is that God is never in a hurry. The kind of work God wishes to accomplish in our lives can be done only if sufficient time is given to allow His plans to ripen and mature. Our seeming abandonment by God when we bang heaven’s door does not mean that we have been forgotten. God knows what He is doing. He has everything in His control. Things may seem to move very slow, from our impatient viewpoint. But God’s time is perfect. He has an end product in mind and He does it perfectly well.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am driven into a corner by my circumstances. How long will I have to be here? How long will I be banging heaven’s door to get your favor? Do not forsake me Lord. I wait for your time patiently. My soul trusts in your mercy and in your love. Amen.