God’s Timing: the Difference Between Winners and Losers

A painful image etched itself into our minds as we saw 21-year old French hurdler Wilhem Belocian weeping after being disqualified from his first Olympic race, the 110 meters hurdles.

His sin?

He started an instant too soon.

Year of effort and sacrifice counted for nothing.

He had worked hard enough. He was one of the fastest in the world in his event. He wanted the gold medal badly. Yet, a fraction of a second sunk all his hopes. (Watch Belocian– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3f96gEoHYw )

Human lightning bolt, Usain Bolt, has only been beaten once in the last eight years. He jumped the gun at the 2011 World Championships and was disqualified.

It’s not enough to work hard, sacrifice and run with everything in you. You got to start at the right time or you can lose all that labor.

Jumping the Gun

It’s like that with God’s will. When God tells you to do something, there are two vital elements involved: God’s will and God’s timing. You can’t have one without the other.

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The Speechless God and the God Who Won’t Hush

God can be a bit exasperating. Have you noticed?

Sometimes you beg for Him to speak and tell you what to do, and you don’t hear a peep. And other times you want Him to hush, but He won’t be quiet (like when you’ve sinned or when you’re getting off the path He laid out for you).

When He’s quiet there is usually a reason. After my sophomore year in college, I was really struggling with whether God wanted me for full-time ministry. I had made up my mind that if I felt that was the case, I was going to leave the college I was at and go to Bible college.

One evening I was praying with two other guys. It was nearly time to go back to school and I needed God to hurry up and speak. I was hoping He would send an angel and say, “Goooooo preeeeeach!” The other two fellows seemed fervent in their prayers.

And me? Crickets.

My angel must have gotten lost or the Prince of Persia resisted him. I’m still waiting on him 47 years later. So, I went back to the college I was at and finished a major in Political Science with a minor in Journalism.

And by the way, when I got back to school after that frustrating prayer meeting, there was a new girl who had moved to town and started to going to our church.

She became my wife. The Bible school would have been full of possible pastor’s wives, but none of them would have been as good as the one I got. Thanks Lord for not speaking when I desperately wanted you to.

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