“After this, Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. So his brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; for no one who want to be widely known act in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.’ (For not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, ‘My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.’ After saying this, Jesus remained in Galilee.” --John 7:1-9
We read in the Holy Scriptures several times about God’s perfect timing. For example, Joseph endured for three long years in a prison until, in God’s perfect timing, he was presented before the Pharaoh and was elevated to second in command in all of Egypt. The Israelites waited for many hundreds of years for the appearance of the Messiah. In God’s perfect timing, God sent His Son to save the entire world. In the scripture of John’s Gospel, even Jesus’ brothers taunt Jesus, tempting him to appear at the Jewish Festival and create a spectacle in front of the crowds in Jerusalem. With no regard to brotherly love, they mocked Jesus, daring Jesus to put on a show of sorts. Even Jesus didn’t fall for this, although you and I would have probably pulled off a few miracles just to shut up our family.
Jesus understood and respected God’s sense of timing. Jesus knew that God had no plans for Him to enter Jerusalem at this stage. Jesus declared, “My time has not yet come”. How difficult it is for us to patiently sense and wait for God’s timing, and not our own! Bless us when we realize that we don’t know better, and that we should wait for God’s timing.
Timing, as they say, is everything. Especially God’s timing! Jesus followed God’s timing, and God wants us to respond the same. In God’s calmness, we can wait for the correct time. The people that God has placed into your life, and life’s circumstances will determine when the time is right. When God’s conditions indicate it is time to get moving, then do so. We can prayerfully seek to understand God’s timing. God always opens doors when we walk in trust and upon the right path, just at the right time. Whose timing will you choose to listen to and respond to today? Amen.