[Jesus said,] "You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come…” Then Jesus, teaching in the temple court, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. John 7:8, 28-30.

Sometimes when we pray, we want an answer right now. It's urgent, Lord! But our all-knowing Savior says, "For me the right time has not yet come." His timing was perfect and right in his own life, and so it is in ours. We must have patience. Perhaps that's why he waits sometimes to grant our requests. We need a lesson in patience.

As the world becomes more and more entangled in constant turmoil, we may also pray, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!" But again his time is not yet. There are souls to be won; there's work to be done. His time will come, at the right time!

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we are told, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." We can relate to those, can't we?

In all aspects of our lives, God's time is the right time. We may not always understand the timing, but his time is always the right time.

Help us to always remember that, dear Jesus. Give us patience as you show us the right time in all things. Thank you for your example. Amen.