The clock was Jesus’ slave. Never did Jesus get His sense of timing wrong. He always waited for the right time, the appropriate time; the time the Father had set for Him to act.
Jesus demonstrated this many times. To Mary, His mother, who told Him that there was no more wine at the wedding feast at Cana, He said: “My time has not yet come” (John 2:4b NIV).
When His brothers pointed out to Him that no one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret, He replied: “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right” (John 7:6b NIV).
Also when He was informed that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days (Ref. John 11:6).
He delayed on purpose on all these occasions because He had a sense of divine timing in His life.
But when the time had come for His final journey to Jerusalem, you find Jesus determined to go to Jerusalem. He does not wait.
Luke beautifully describes it thus: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51 NIV). He sent messengers on ahead to a Samaritan village to get things ready for Him.
But the people there did not welcome Him, Luke writes, because Jesus was heading for Jerusalem. Here you find Jesus’ sense of timing and sense of purpose coincide.
From Jesus’ example you can safely assume that it is possible for people not to appreciate you when you try to follow God’s time and purpose in your life.
The lesson for you is to learn to wait for God’s perfect time. Then when God makes it known to you, act without wasting time.
Summary: Knowing God’s will often involves waiting for the right and appropriate time to act.
Table of Contents
Lessons of God’s Will from the Life of Jesus
1. Choices Jesus Made
2. Peace Jesus Enjoyed
3. Jesus Pleased God
4. Jesus was Purpose-Driven
5. Jesus’ Sense of Timing
6. Higher Priorities Jesus Had
7. Christ’s Perseverance