Learning to Trust in God’s Timing

COVID-19 is surging throughout the country and the world right now and many people are feeling frustrated. It seems like everyone has it, has had it in the last couple of weeks, or at the very least, knows someone who has had it. The rising numbers, coupled with the fact that we’re approaching two years since this pandemic began, may lead you to feel frustrated, impatient, tired, and angry.

You may even be questioning God and why he’s allowing his people to experience these hardships.

In times like these, it’s especially important to turn to God for strength and ask him to help you to trust in Him and His timing.

Consider the story of the Israelites: After leaving Egypt and traveling through the desert toward the Promised Land, they encountered the city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a huge stone wall—so deep that you could ride horses and chariots on top of it. Imagine how they must have felt when they saw Jericho after that long journey! Frustrated, impatient, tired, angry…sound familiar?

God provided unusual instructions to Joshua: The city of Jericho must be conquered. March your army around the city once per day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day.

Joshua obeyed and as his soldiers marched around the city, playing their trumpets while priests carried the Ark of the Covenant.

After six days, nothing had changed. There wasn’t even a slight crack in the walls. Just like, after two years of this pandemic, it feels like not much has changed.

But on the seventh day, the Israelites marched around the city seven times—just like God had instructed. And as they finished their seventh lap and gave a loud shout, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. The Israelites were then able to conquer the city.

Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

God has a plan and His own perfect timing. As His disciples, we must trust in that timing…always.

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