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New Life Daily Devotion - May 17, 2010

  • 2010 May 17

In God's Time

Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-9

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

We may be impatient to have our weaknesses and shortcomings removed immediately. It's hard to struggle along, feeling we don't have what it takes to live the life God wants for us. We may wish that he would just wave his magic wand, and poof! . . . a perfect person!

The Bible makes it clear that it is God's plan to perfect us. But it is also clear that God doesn't always work according to our timetable. Even the birth of the Messiah had to wait until "the right time." The apostle Paul wrote, "But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children" (Galatians 4:4-5).

The apostle Peter left us another reminder: "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent" (2 Peter 3:8-9).

God has "the right time" planned for us, too. He takes everything into account when he decides how and when our prayers will be answered. It may seem like he's too slow in fulfilling his promises. But we can be sure that if he is slow in acting, it's for a good reason. In the meantime, he supplies the strength we need to continue in recovery, even with our shortcomings.

However long our road to recovery, with God we're always "right on time."


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