By Buel Hallpike
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Introduction - Yahweh’s clock
Are you going through very difficult problems, intense trials, or distress, which are not eased even though you have prayed in earnest, asking for Yahweh’s guidance and help? Have you searched for answers, trying the best that you know ‘leaving no stone unturned’ but the question(s) remain in spite of your searches and prayers? Have you been waiting for Yahweh to intervene but He does not show up? You probably think you know exactly what is required to resolve the issue or ease the burden but it is not within your power to bring it about. In bewilderment you ask inwardly or openly, "where is Yahweh who comfort[s] all who mourn (Isa 61:2); promises to be with you even through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23:4); closes the mouth of lions, and makes a way where there is no way? When will He appear?”
This article is written to tell you, Hope in [Yahweh]; for [YOU] shall yet praise Him, the help of [your] countenance Ps 42:11. Let not the things you are going through cause your soul to be cast down or disquieted within [you]. Yahweh has heard the cry of your heart. He will answer. When we consider the many times in the Bible that Yahweh has intervened in the midst of difficulty to help, rescue or relieve the suffering of His people, it becomes clear that He not only has a plan and purpose, but also a timing.
The painful but helpful lesson we must all learn is that His clock is different from ours. Our clock shows hours, minutes and maybe seconds to indicate how early or late we may be. The incidents in the Bible show quite clearly that His clock is not based so much on numerals indicating how late it is, but instead on just two words to tell when He will intervene. Understand this, and your clock will at last synchronise with His. Those words are "On Time!"
It may be very late in your night by your clock. The need is urgent. Immediate action is required. You are convinced that except Yahweh shows His almighty arm and delivers you NOW, it will be too late. But all you hear in your mind is the mocking, frustrating, ticking of your clock telling you it is getting even more dangerously late, and that you cannot wait. Perhaps when you start to hear His clock instead of yours, your attitude will be changed, your perception sharpened, your mind will be renewed and your problem will become more bearable. His clock is ticking ever so softly you will only hear it when you are quiet and at peace. It is ticking away. Listen carefully. It is ticking "on time … on time … on time … on time!" Although the Bible does not state this lesson in exactly these words, it is a clear concept that stands out from the Scriptures. It leaps out of every miracle, ministers through every admonishing to ‘wait’, every instance of His intervention, and every word declaring His sovereignty.
Never once late for a funeral, a wedding, a birth, healing or to rescue, He has always turned up without fail ON TIME! Dependable to the last, even when He is the last to turn up, He is still on time.
Lazarus (Read John 11:1-44)
There is a saying that "a friend in need is a friend indeed [or in deed]". Now [Yahshua] loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus John 11:5. So when Lazarus became sick, his sisters Mary and Martha, sent a message to Yahshua saying "[Master], behold, he whom You love is sick" John 11:3. This was a very simple message, making no demands on Yahshua. They had confidence and comfort in Yahshua’s love. Nevertheless Mary and Martha would very likely have assumed that their friend Yahshua who loved them and had healed many persons would have come as soon as He heard of Lazarus’s illness, and do for them what He had done for others. Instead when [Yahshua] heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was (verse 6). Yahshua deliberately delayed going to the rescue of His sick friend and to give support to Mary and Martha whom He loved. This had clearly troubled Mary and Martha, who, when they met Yahshua, independently said to Him: "[Master], if You had been here, my brother would not have died" (verses 21 and 32).
Why did Yahshua do this seemingly unloving act of unconcern at a time of such great need? It was not indifference. He knew and said that: "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of [Yahweh], that the Son of [Yahweh] may be glorified through it" (verse 4). The purpose of Lazarus’ sickness was not to terminate his life but to bring about his resurrection and to give glory to Yahweh. It was the appropriate time before Yahshua Himself would die, for Him to teach in the most vivid manner that I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (verse 25).
Therefore Yahshua did that which was required in the circumstances in order to bring the maximum glory to Yahweh and to teach this profound and unforgettable lesson to those witnesses then and to followers of all ages. He arrived four days after Lazarus was buried, and his body had begun to decompose. By human thinking Lazarus’ condition was irreversible. When Yahshua commanded the stone to be rolled away, Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "[Master], by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days" (verse 39). Here was the proof that Lazarus’ state was well beyond human intervention, and that what Yahshua was about to do would be beyond human explanation. Man’s impossibility is Yahweh’s opportunity. With a loud voice Yahshua cried "Lazarus Come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. [Yahshua] said to them, "Loose him, and let him go" (verses 43b-44).
The purpose of Lazarus' sickness could only be achieved by his death. If Yahshua had done the 'right thing' by human’s standards, of showing up ‘on time’, Lazarus would have been just another healed person. There was purpose in Yahshua’s seeming ‘lateness’. He had to be ‘late’ to heal in order to allow death to occur. By Yahshua’s timepiece he was not late, for He had never intended to go to Bethany to heal Lazarus, but to raise him from the dead. The pre-requisite of resurrection is death. Lazarus had to die. Yahshua had to be 'late' in the eyes of others that He might be on time to fulfil His purposes. One song states: "Isn’t it great, when He’s four days late, He’s still on time!"
The writer of this article has himself witnessed how at the funeral of a twenty-six year old woman who had died suddenly, several persons repented and made a commitment on that same day to follow Yahshua. Yahweh does the impossible, creating life even out of death. We do not know His plans and purposes behind our particular circumstances. Our desperate heart-rending situations do not indicate that Yahweh is far away somewhere and does not care. He is at work when you cannot see Him, for He Himself has said, "I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you" Heb 13:5b. His plans and purposes are on course, and will be revealed at the right time. Trust Yahweh and do not be afraid or doubtful. When He seems so very distant at your hour of greatest need, be assured that at His appointed time He will come and bring resurrection life for His glory out of your circumstances.
If you are Yahshua’s friend whom He loves, you can be certain that there is an unseen purpose attached to each disappointment and apparent delay. Since Yahweh has a plan, He must also have a time schedule. As in the case of Lazarus, His timing will be precisely right.
For Mary, Martha and Lazarus, the experience of Lazarus’ resurrection was a far more notable and memorable event than his healing would have been. But it cost them dearly, in disappointment, suffering, anxiety, grief and even death for one of them. With hindsight they could have thought, how much better it would have been if they had known that Yahshua had a purpose, plan and timing that was different from theirs, and to have been able to trust Him implicitly to the end even when He did not turn up at the time they had expected.
How much better it would be if with our awareness of what Yahshua did for Mary, Martha and Lazarus, we could understand that Yahshua's clock is set to be on time, not according to our timing, but by His; and He is all-wise. Though He seems to be tarrying He knows, cares, feels and understands all that you are going through. He will not forsake you. The paradox of Yahshua’s timing is that He will be punctual even when late. He will show up. Get it deep inside of you. His clock is ticking "on time … on time … on time … on time!" Say this to the rhythm of each second of your usual clock until the message gets inside of you that He will intervene in your circumstances on time, then never again will you think that He is late, has forgotten you, or does not care.
The Red Sea (Read Exodus 13:17-14:30)
When we look at Yahweh’s dealing with Pharaoh in causing his stout heart to bend, we could wonder why Yahweh took His time in humbling this proud monarch, and freeing His people from slavery. With His awesome power Yahweh could have achieved the intended freedom of His people swiftly by bypassing or undermining Pharaoh. Instead He chose to work slowly, patiently, methodically and deliberately while He allowed the drama to develop at His pace and in His time to the conclusion He had predetermined.
After suffering many plagues from the hand of Yahweh, and finally the loss of the first-born in Egypt, the stubborn Pharaoh submitted to the request of Moses to let the Israelite slaves leave his country. From that point, the narrative could have continued without the re-introduction of Pharaoh. That however was not Yahweh’s way and it would have been inconsistent with the tenacious character of Pharaoh who was determined to hold on to his slaves. The Israelites had hardly left when his vacillating but self-willed mind took another twist. He decided to pursue them and return them to bondage. So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him ... And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them Exod 14:6,10.
They were trapped with mountains on either side, the Red Sea before them, and Pharaoh’s armies in hot pursuit. They could not escape. They had run but now could not hide from Pharaoh. Recapture or death was the only likely outcome. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to [Yahweh] ... then [Yahweh] said to Moses "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea" Exod 14:10b, 15-16.
In this moment of crisis, Yahweh painstakingly and unhurriedly unfolded an impeccable strategy to defeat the Egyptian army. Firstly, His Angel created a barrier of cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians. This gave darkness to the Egyptians but light to the Israelites. It allowed the Israelites to gain valuable travelling advantage during the night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and [Yahweh] caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left (verses 21 & 22).
The Egyptians should have known that the Israelites were having divine help when the path was made through the Red Sea. They ignored this. With continued inflexible resolve the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen (verse 23). Yahweh continued His strategy. In the morning watch, … [Yahweh] looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for [Yahweh] fights for them against the Egyptians" (verse 24,25). They recognised Yahweh’s presence when it was too late. They were now the trapped ones with nowhere to hide, for who can hide from Yahweh Almighty?
Then [Yahweh] said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen." And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So [Yahweh] overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. So [Yahweh] saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore (verses 26-30).
Without Yahweh’s timely intervention at the Red Sea the history of the Israelites would have been quite different. His timing could not have gone wrong. Your life is no exception. In His time He will set you free and His timing will not be wrong. Though you may seem to be hemmed in now, wait for Him. He will deliver. Fear not the menacing threats of your enemies or your precarious circumstances. Yahweh will come to your rescue. Do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen 2 Cor 4:18a. When you look at your situation you will fear. When you look to Yahweh you will be strong and confident. But know this: your preconceived ideas of how and when Yahweh will rescue you may not come to pass. Only His purposes are guaranteed to come to pass in His time. Trusting in Yahweh is what matters more than confidence in how and when your situation will change. Only He is sovereign. When there is no clear way ahead of you, there is still no need to fear. It is the right time to stand still, and see the salvation of [Yahweh], which He will accomplish for you Exod 14:13). At every cul-de-sac in your life your safest prayer is: "Father … not my will, but Yours, be done" Luke 22:42.
Isaac rescued (Read Gen 22:1-19)
Yahweh miraculously provided a son to Abraham and Sarah in their old age and promised Abraham that "in Isaac your seed shall be called" Gen 21:12. Nevertheless, Yahweh commanded Abraham to "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you" (verse 2).
Abraham made preparations to carry out Yahweh’s command. He journeyed to the place of which [Elohim] had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of [Yahweh] called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."
And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear [Elohim], since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son (verses 9-13).
If Isaac was not to be killed, Yahweh could hardly have delayed any longer. Abraham had the knife in his hand ready to slay his only son. Abraham was earnest. This was not a game of make-believe. He was prepared to carry out Yahweh’s command even though he did not know for sure what Yahweh’s next move would have been. Then at the latest possible moment, Yahweh showed up - barely in time to stay Abraham’s hand from making the decisive thrust. He spoke and provided a substitute. Just a moment’s delay and Isaac would have been dead.
Yahweh could have sent His Angel and provided the ram earlier but He left it all up to that critical final moment just when Abraham was about to slay his son. Yahweh had brought Abraham right up to the point of no return where he would have taken his son’s life except Yahweh intervened. Yahweh’s timing was deliberate and purposeful. Through this test Abraham proved to Yahweh, his son and to himself, that his faith in and obedience to Yahweh were unswerving.
It is sometimes only when our faith is pushed to the limit that we find out the extent to which we are willing to trust and obey Yahweh. It is only then we begin to appreciate the enormity of the sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make. To be ready to pay such a high price without any guarantee of Yahweh’s intervention is a greater sacrifice than most believers would be willing to make. Yahweh showed up for Abraham when it was almost too late, but He was on time to save Isaac’s’ life and so enable the fulfilment of the promise He had made to Abraham. Yahweh here demonstrated that even down to the final second He is capable of delivering before it is too late.
Yahweh sees and knows the depth and sincerity of our hearts. At the time appointed He will send deliverance. Trust Him and be obedient to Him even up to the point at which it seems He is demanding the absolute ultimate from you. You are not on your own. He will not forget you. He will deliver. Though it tarries, … it will surely come … [ON TIME!] Hab 2:3. The urgency of your time clock does not necessarily motivate Him to action. He knows, cares, feels and understands, BUT He is also sovereign and will deliver at His precise time and in the manner He chooses. Be patient. Trust Yahweh. He may not come in a hurry but He will be there on time.
Wedding at Cana (Read John 2:1-10)
Yahshua with His mother and disciples were invited to a wedding at Cana of Galilee. When they ran out of wine, the mother of [Yahshua] said to Him, "They have no wine."
[Yahshua] said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come" (verses 3-4). Yahshua later commanded the servants to fill with water six stone waterpots each containing twenty or thirty gallons. Then He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast" (verse 8). They took it. In Yahshua's own time and without any added ingredients, He had transformed ordinary water into the finest wine.
If the answers to your prayers do not come at the time you expect, know this that the right time has not yet come. It may seem that the answer is overdue, but it will come on time by Yahweh’s reckoning. If Yahweh were to respond to our needs in the way and in the time we request, we would soon learn the hard way that His best gifts are those that are delivered in His time. 'He makes all things beautiful IN HIS TIME'.
Wait for the appointed time
Like His prophecies and promises, Yahweh’s answers to your deepest needs are yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry Hab 2:3.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us: To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. This not only applies to things, creatures and events but also to the Creator Himself. To everything Yahweh has a season and a time for every purpose. Purpose cannot be fulfilled without correct timing. Yahweh has a purpose and an appointed time. The one cannot be effective without the other. They are indivisible. If Yahweh has a purpose, then He also has a plan to bring it about at the right time.
The history of the children of Israel gives many examples of Yahweh’s meticulous planning and timing that enabled His purposes to unfold. It began long before Joseph was sold into slavery, and continued through his varied experiences in Egypt, including the famine in Canaan and in Egypt, which caused Israel to reside in Goshen.
Yahweh's precise scheduling was exhibited in the birth, rescue and divine selection of Moses as the leader of the children of Israel. He demonstrated His almighty precision and power through the plagues, exodus and miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. Every detail of the fabric of their history was carefully linked and woven with the infallible thread of perfect timing.
Thousands of years after these events we are now able to see why certain incidents recorded in the Bible occurred in the manner and at the time that they did. This same process has continued right up to the present, and will continue to the end of the ages. Yahweh’s timing has been so consistently effective that it cannot be ignored or dismissed as mere coincidence. The prophecies in the Bible are being fulfilled in the manner and at exact times Yahweh had planned, and will culminate in the return of the Messiah and the ushering in of new heavens and new earth. Without His precise control of all factors including the exact timing of each event, the design would fall apart. But the all wise, omnipotent sovereign cannot make mistakes or fail. Whatever He purposes comes to pass. I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it Isa 46:11. Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when [Yahweh] has not commanded it? Lam 3:37
Yahweh has not forgotten you. He will intervene, but timing is critical. The right thing done at the wrong time is as ineffective as simply doing the wrong thing. Since Yahweh will be always right it follows that His timing can never be wrong. He has an appointed time for the night in your life as well as for the day, and for the length of your seasons. In time your 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', will pass, and in its place 'hoary-headed frosts' will fall. Think it not strange when your life passes through these seasons that are for an appointed time and will bring their individual benefits after you have survived their blistering onslaughts. At the appointed time these too will pass. Meanwhile you can praise Him that He is sovereign and that His plan for your life continues in spite of the season or weather.
You cannot hasten the seasons away because of their severity and likewise you cannot get rid of or shorten your intense testing. Therefore learning to wait for the accomplishing of Yahweh’s purpose and timing is a necessary lesson for all believers. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete James 1:4.
Waiting for Yahweh is a recurring command in the Bible. Wait on [Yahweh]; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on [Yahweh]! Ps 27:14. It is because Yahweh knows our tendency to run ahead of Him or to become impatient that we are repeatedly admonished to wait. Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of [Yahweh], which He will accomplish for you Exod 14:13. By His clock He cannot and will not be late. Wait patiently for Him.
Trust Him in your crisis
Except Yahweh appeared on time, Daniel would have been devoured by the hungry lions; the fires would have overwhelmed the Hebrew boys in the furnace; Isaac would have been sacrificed by his father Abraham; Joseph could have died in the pit or rotted in prison; Paul would have arrived in Damascus to persecute the believers; the Zarephath widow and her son would have died from starvation; Haman would have destroyed all the Jews throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus and Elijah would have been mocked by the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. These are just some examples from the many times throughout the Bible when Yahweh showed up at crucial times. Without these things coming to pass these narratives in the Bible would have been quite different. But they had to happen and so each one occurred on time according to Yahweh’s clock.
If today you came right up to the point of being tossed into a lion’s den or a fiery furnace, or a pit; or if you were hemmed in at the Red Sea, or like Isaac laid upon the sacrificial table about to be slaughtered, you would probably cry in despair "My [El], my [El], why have you forsaken me?" Matt 27:46. Your depths of feeling would not be a true evidence of Yahweh’s love for you. He would still be with you as He was with Yahshua. Though you could not see Him, He would be actively working out His plan and purpose in the best way and at the best time for His glory to be revealed. Even though He seems to be slaying you, still trust Him to the last, drinking even down to the last drop of the cup that He gives to you. Sooner or later, in one way or another you will be restored or rescued on time.
Today you are in your specific set of circumstances. You cannot see the way ahead or know exactly when or how Yahweh will intervene. Trust Him that He is perfecting everything concerning you. By faith believe that He will come to your rescue in the manner and at the time He chooses. When He appears it will be on time. Please read our article 'Yah will Make a Way'.
When you are at your wit’s end, cry out to Yahweh as the many persons did in Psalms 107. They cried out to [Yahweh] in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses (verses 13 and 19). Do everything you have to do, praying and asking for wisdom to take the necessary action. Then having done all you can, wait for Yahweh, however long He may take. Be not entangled with the bondages of fear, doubt and self-pity. Stand firm with trust in Him that at the appropriate time He has appointed, He will do what is best.
There is no end to the most desperate situation until Yahweh’s will is accomplished. Yahweh triumphs when defeat seems to be the only likely consequence, and then unveils His plan linking together other seemingly unrelated factors. Yahweh will not abandon you when the way is dark or menacing. [Yahweh], He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed Deut 31:8.
Not You But Yahweh
Knowledge is wasted except it is applied. We know so much of who Yahweh is, what He has done and can do, but fail to bring that understanding to bear on our circumstances at times of greatest need. When we should be demonstrating strength based upon our confidence in Yahweh, we stumble, crumble and grumble like those who do not know Him.
We are finite. We see, hear, and feel within the limitations of our senses, while Yahweh is infinite. His mind, vision and power are without limit. We are not in total control of every aspect of our lives, but Yahweh’s almighty power is supreme in the whole universe.
When you are confronted with difficulties beyond your control it is the right time to prove that Yahweh is who you say He is. It was in the most difficult times for Yahweh’s people in the Bible that He manifested His awesome power. It will be at your most trying times that He will intervene on your behalf on time. If you do not trust in Yahweh when your situation is desperate, who or what will you trust then? Fair-weather trust is cheap. All-weather trust is costly and precious.
When your situation seems bleak and you do not have an answer, it does not mean there is no hope. Hope is to be measured not by your ability, but by Yahweh’s. Unfortunately we often pre-determine in our minds how things will develop and forget that Yahweh is sovereign. How things appear to us is not necessarily how they are or will be. Only Yahweh knows the truth of what is, was and will be, for He is in all states at the same time. Only He is everlasting, omniscient and omnipotent. He has the power to do what is humanly impossible. He will perform miracles; work behind the scenes where we cannot go; communicate to persons we cannot reach or whose minds we cannot penetrate; arrange the right set of circumstances; and then bring them all together in flawless timing. Therefore do not assume that things will progress or deteriorate in the way or in the time schedule you imagine, or that your present situation is one big mistake without meaning or purpose. Yahweh knows precisely where your path is heading and if you have truly abandoned your life into His hands, He will bring you safely in His own way and in His time to His planned destination for you.
It requires real faith in Him - not talking faith but walking by faith on the tightrope even over the precipices of life. It requires faith when the storms are raging while Yahshua seems to be asleep. It requires faith to truly believe that He never slumbers nor sleeps, but hears every earnest cry for help, and in His time He will appear.
When you have done all that you can and there is still no change, just stand on His unfailing promises to deliver and on His unchanging sovereignty and nature. You cannot do the impossible, or abort the suffering. You are not Yahweh! There is no end until Yahweh’s purpose is accomplished, and Yahweh’s purpose will only be accomplished in His time. Like Job, you may not know why you are experiencing a heartbreaking turn of events and what may be Yahweh's purpose in all that you are going through. You cannot speed up or slow down what is happening. Without patience you cannot wait upon Yahweh’s clock. If you are impatient His clock will invariably be slower than yours. With patience you will acknowledge His sovereignty, and your clock will synchronise with His. Your frayed nerves will be rescued, your downcast spirit lifted, your fragile faith strengthened and motivation will replace depression. You will then understand that every experience is a necessary step towards Yahweh’s goal for you. It is all about Yahweh - His plan, His purpose, His strategy, His choices and His timing to get you to His destination. This only applies when you have fully surrendered (abandoned) yourself totally to Yahweh.
Yahweh may not come when or in the manner you expect of Him. For example He may not change your circumstances. Instead He may choose to change YOU. Although Paul’s thorn in his flesh did not respond to prayer, it taught him and all believers the invaluable lesson that Yahweh’s strength is most perfect at the times of our greatest weakness. The revelation of this truth at times when we are most vulnerable is in itself a timely intervention of Yahweh to give us strength when we are weak. When you are fully surrendered to Yahweh, you will stop resisting Him. He is bigger than you. It is smart to yield to Him. A change of circumstances will not be so important to you as a change of heart that will permit you to see everything through Yahweh’s eyes, and to respond like Yahshua in your darkest and lonely night, "Father … not my will, but Yours, be done" Luke 22:42.
O child of Yahweh, do not lose heart or become absorbed by your unanswered prayers, your persistent and threatening circumstances, or the intense agony of your soul. Hold on in the darkness when you cannot see Him, and amid the noisy clatter when you cannot hear Him. Hold on through the tears and fears. Hold on though your heart is aching, He is with you, even when He seems to be far away. Remember this: He has a plan, purpose and timing for your life, which may not correspond with your expectations. He did not show up in Bethany while Lazarus was still alive, but four days after Lazarus’ death, He arrived and performed the miracle of resurrection when all hope was gone. He was on time! He allowed the children of Israel to be trapped at the Red Sea with nowhere to hide, and then with perfect planning and timing He delivered them. He was on time!
Hold on as the Hebrew boys did when they were dumped like stubble into a fiery furnace. Neither the fire nor the smell of fire touched them. He was on time! Hold on like Daniel when thrown to ravening lions. The lions did not touch Him, for Yahweh entered that den on time! Hold on like Joseph though despised and treated like garbage, wrongly accused, imprisoned and forgotten. But these were only the stepping-stones to his advancement. Unexpected and unique deliverance came to Joseph by way of a special promotion. Yahweh was on time!
Yahweh will appear on time for you no matter what you face. He will be with you long before you enter the situation of absolute helplessness, and He will not leave you. Even your darkest, loneliest dungeon cannot obstruct Yahweh’s plan and timing if you are truly His child. In His perfect time He will raise you from the ‘guttermost’ to the uppermost.
Could Mary and Martha, the children of Israel, Joseph, Daniel, the Hebrew boys, Job, Hannah, Sarah, Ruth, Esther, and the innumerable other witnesses that fill the pages of Scriptures, have done anything to change their situation? No! To any spectator their circumstances would have seemed to be hopeless. But Yahweh had a plan, purpose and timing. He delivered on time every time. Yahweh will be there for you, not by your clock that says He is late, or He must hurry, but by His that is set to be on time!
When circumstances are beyond your control, no amount of effort on your part, self-pity, or blaming will untangle you from the web that has been woven. Instead surrender to Yahweh. Your situation is not without hope. Put Yahweh first before all of your concerns and wait with trust in Him. What Yahweh did for others He will do for you. He will show up on time to bring deliverance and comfort, dispel darkness and strengthen you. He will do what is best when it is best.
If this article has encouraged you, know this that in this way, Yahweh has turned up just for you. He saw your need, heard your cry of despair and came just in time to tell you, "Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come … [ON TIME!]" Hab 2:3.
"Our beliefs must fit in with the Scriptures especially when the Scriptures do not support our beliefs". Buel Hallpike
©Buel Hallpike April 2008