God Alone Determines the Right Time


Do you ever wonder why God does not reveal His wrath to humans, wiping out the evils which threaten the very existence of His creation? With all of the turmoil seen in today’s world, I sometimes think I have somehow stepped into a realm worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. My spontaneous reaction is to beg God for His intervention to right this runaway train which is heading towards the destruction of all moral culture. It appears the end times must be near as we anxiously await answers to our prayers of intercession.

Our Current Time

The passion with which many defend late-term abortion – all the way to infanticide – is only one scourge on this nation and world. This cancer of immorality has spread at a viral rate. The hapless youth of today drink it in as if it were the nectar of the gods. They embrace gender confusion, sexual deviance, and unchaste relationships with an exuberance that can only come from the demonic.

Many parents, poorly catechized themselves, bask in an unrealistic lack of awareness. We hear talk of their goal of simply being “a good person“ and mourn the many souls falling away from the nourishment of grace and Eucharist. The ultimate goal of many, it seems, is being happy. Yet the pursuit of happiness is of a worldly nature – a material pursuit that always fails. The truly laudable goal is joy in the Lord!

God is Not Asleep

Do not be duped! God is not asleep at the wheel. Although it sometimes appears that He is slow to act, on the behalf of the righteous and His own law, His time is not our time. He is timeless and has no need for rushing things along. We must keep this in mind. In His mercy, He waits for our poor souls to catch up with the Divine Will. He is slow to anger, overflowing with Mercy, and wishes to save every soul. Even as the psalms beseech Him.

“Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long.“ Psalm 74:22

Whispers of the Holy Spirit

It is comforting, yet humbling to recognize the helping hand of the Holy Spirit. He wisely places exactly the right scriptural passage right in from of our eyes, at precisely the right time. That was my experience recently. The trials and tribulations of society, and even Holy Mother Church weigh heavily on my impatient heart.

Yet Psalm 74:22 (above) appeared as the entry in my daily reflections on the Psalms for May 2. In reading the passage and meditating on its meaning, a bright ray of hope appeared in my heart. Spiritual joy helped me to realize that I am not alone and that countless others, living before me, also entreated God for solace.

It is best not underestimate the timeless nature of sacred scripture. Our eyes, previously covered by scales of worldly blindness, open exactly when God deems it to be the best time – for each individual soul. Yet seeking sight requires our cooperation with Him. After all, He desires our freely given attention and love. In this vein, He offers answers, solutions, on a daily basis. However, we must empty ourselves of worldly longing in order to be open to His precious gifts. The whispers of the Holy Spirit are present. It is ours to have eyes that see and ears that hear.

God’s Time

While we wonder why God remains hidden when it comes to the trials of these times, it is vital to understand that we are incapable of seeing the big picture. Our human limitations are simply too primitive. The time for answers and solutions belongs to God alone. We are tasked with making ourselves, and those we love, ready when He calls. As a benevolent and loving God, His wish is to save the lost. Perhaps His timing means that He is offering some poor sinners more opportunities for repentance. Ending a life, before it has a chance to reconcile with Him, condemns that soul to eternal damnation.

If one of us or loved one is in a state of blindness or deaf to His call, should we not wish the gift of time? Time enough to acknowledge our lack of obedience? I, for one, am more than happy to leave the timing for God. In my sinfulness, I struggle daily. Yet, with the help of His grace, I pursue Him – beginning each day with a fresh determination to try again. I praise and glorify a God would give me myriad opportunities before calling me before His judgment seat.

God’s Mercy

In considering our sinfulness and God’s mercy it is also wise to understand the painstakingly intricate correlation between all of His human creatures. Each individual has a role to play in cooperation with creation. Even the wicked serve their purpose in calling attention to the contrast between darkness and light.

Many a great saint began his life journey as a loathsome sinner. God’s mercy, through His timing, has assisted in their willing conversion. May His mercy do the same for us. In keeping with this gift of time, it is necessary that our focus is on salvation. As the Body of Christ, this enables us to assist one another on the journey to eternal joy. By listening to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and the gift of time, may we all succeed in our pursuit for holiness. In His time.

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10 thoughts on “God Alone Determines the Right Time”

  1. Romans 12:1-2 – “Life in God’s Service” – “So then, my brothers, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you. Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect.” – Reference: Good News Bible

  2. Hebrews 12:2 (Focus) – “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end…..” – Ephesians 4:23 – “Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.” – Reference: Good News Bible

  3. Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 10:4 – The Lord sees to the government of the world and brings the right person to power at the RIGHT TIME.” Reference: Good News Bible-GNT

    1. Ephesians 1:9-10 – “In all his wisdom and insight God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan He had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the “TIME IS RIGHT, ” is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.” – Reference: Good News Bible-GNT

  4. Romans 9:16 – So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God’s mercy.” – Reference: Good News Bible

  5. beautifully said. Ive been sooo sad over all the negative things happening,and for the souls of my family members who are struggling. this article uplifted me and i am soo happy reading the mercy of our GOD.

  6. Charles D Kowalski

    How often have I stated, “God has a lot more patience than I do.” Then I recall, “all in His time.”

  7. Yes, we need to be careful for what we wish! Jesus said we all could be pulled up with the weeds. Who are we to ask? Jesus says only the Father knows the time – which is rather comforting when you think about it – I myself would choose a time when Satan has both hands full and his shoes untied. Instead, we need to imitate Moses and beg the Lord NOT to wipe out “those type of people”. In today’s reading, Stephen says, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”(as he is murdered) – and Thank God for that because, without Paul, there would be about 1 Billion fewer Catholics in this world.

  8. Mary Pesarchick

    Not only does the Holy Spirit place the right scriptural passage in front of our eyes at the right time, He place the right blog post as well!
    Thank you for this, Birgit! Something I needed to read today.

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