Time is for man, God isn’t influenced by time. In dealing with God, time ceases to matter. When you attach time in your dealing with God, you’ll start to doubt him, you will start getting it all wrong. The acts of God can be felt in an instant but can also be felt in days, weeks, months or years to come! You don’t need to put God on the process of time, time is God’s creation!
This is what the friends of Daniel understood and declared “Our God will save us but even if he doesn’t, we will not bow!” Let’s read their audacious response to the king of Babylon
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
– Daniel 3:16-18 NLT
They weren’t saying that God lacks the ability to save them, they rather meant that even if God doesn’t honour the timing, they will still trust him. They know God was able to save them from the fire but they know that even if they weren’t saved from the fire it doesn’t mean God doesn’t save! They didn’t give God a deadline to come to save them, they didn’t say “God, if you save us, we will serve you more!”
They simply trusted God even when it seemed stupid! They depended their lives on God and were willing to live it for him. In other words, their lives were in God’s hand, it was God who should decide if they should remain on earth or come back to him.
In walking with God, trust… senseless trust is all you need. You don’t need to compound your experience to time, you don’t need to shiver just because you called out to God but didn’t get any answer. All of God’s rights are reserved in him and all that is required of us is to trust him.
We often say that God’s time is the best and we say this simply because we lack words to describe the timing of God. God is timeless, he works in timelessness, he lives beyond time, he views time right from the end to the beginning. Peter noted this
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years are like a day.” – 2 Peter 3:8 NLT
God is not overwhelmed by our situations, he isn’t taken by surprises and he isn’t trying to figure out what to do. God is complex to the human mind, we know that Jesus is the explanation of God but we only know to some degree, every new day, as we stay in the place of the word, we get to know him more!
However, we can’t comprehend God fully from the place of our limited minds and we don’t need to seek explanations to what we feel God didn’t do or do… We don’t need to know how God did it, we just have to believe.
When you pray, Jesus said, “believe you have received it”. Let’s read in his own words
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24 NLT
How do you believe what you have not seen? We just believe even when it doesn’t make sense. This is how to function in the realm of God. We believe absolutely because we trust God. We trust God more than we trust our sight!
We don’t pray and try figuring out if God heard us, we just pray and believe. We don’t say to God “if you do this for me, I’ll go for thanksgiving!” That’s not a new testament way, we rather go ahead and thank God because we have prayed and if we have prayed, it has been answered in his own way and wisdom.
Time is simply a tool to measure our earthly existence and not a tool to give God deadlines. We don’t give God deadlines, he knows it all! When we call men “Mr Know all” we are mocking their pride but when we say that God knows all we are affirming his awesomeness.
God doesn’t have or make yearly budgets. God doesn’t reset at the end of a year. What doesn’t happen this year will happen next year, life continues just like that. What started this year, will continue next year. God doesn’t put a pause or take a break. God is sovereign, he is the only one who enjoys sovereignty.
Countries may claim to be sovereign but not in the true sense of it as every nation is interdependent. There are trade rules, there are human rights, there is border control but all of these things do not matter to God nor hinder him. God is the only one who is truly sovereign, he isn’t bound by human rights, border controls, trade rules, economic policies and all that!
We don’t define God and his dealings by our experiences because this way, we limit God to our experiences. When we understand that God is above anything we have experienced, above time and above any other theory, we will learn to trust God completely even when it makes no sense.
Trusting God without sense means trusting God even when our logic seems to be at odds with it, it doesn’t mean attributing everything that claims to be light to God. We know God by His word in conformity with the characters of Jesus.
Whether God had done things the way we expected or not, worship means trusting him even when it never went the way we planned or expected. Whether your expectations were met or not, it doesn’t define who God is. Worship means having an unchanged disposition to God in good times and bad times.
Technically, there are no bad times because the bad times work for our good. Worship is saying “God is good even when situations are bad!”
Whether you got answers to your prayers or not, it doesn’t change who God is. Whether you believe or not, it doesn’t add or remove a feather to God’s Crown of majesty. Trusting God absolutely is how to worship.
This means, I may have expected God to do something but he remains God whether I saw it or not. This is what the friends of Daniel understood and said “our worship is to God! In salvation or without the experience of it!” First, they knew salvation is in the character of God but however it happens, it is salvation for them!
When the door closes, it is salvation! When the door opens, it is salvation! When it feels good or not, it is salvation. This is why all things work for the good of them that love God. Walking with God can be frustrating to the flesh, but in that frustration is the goodness of God! God still wants you to trust Him! It is by this trust that we key into whatever is God’s perfect will for us.
It takes maturity and understanding of the things of the Spirit to stay in the same disposition when things aren’t so nice. Babies get angry when things don’t go their own way, they get angry when there isn’t any sweet on the table but as we get to know God, we follow him in absolute dependence on who he is.
Remember, God doesn’t operate in time, time operates in respect to God.