“A Set Time … In Due Season”

“They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son'” (Genesis 18:9-14).

 

There is a “set time … in due season.” And God is the One who sets the time and the season. Sometimes God’s promises seem “too wonderful” and even impossible. Sometimes it seems our chance has passed, we’ve missed the moment, our ship has sailed, our window of opportunity has closed. Sometimes it even seems like the door of destiny has been slammed in our face.

 

But there is a time and a season for all things, according to God’s will and God’s ways for every one of us (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). God makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And He has shown Himself worthy so many times of our patience and trust.

 

A Prayer:

“Give me grace to firmly believe and patiently wait for the “set time … in due season” for every promise You’ve spoken to my heart by Your Spirit and through Your Word. Whenever I’m tempted to question or laugh, to scoff or doubt, remind me of every time it looked impossible and unbelievable, but You came through. For this saying is sure and this Word is true, “For God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25).

 

(Passages taken from a daily devotion by Tommy Hays, Founder and Spiritual Director of Messiah Ministries and author of “Free to Be Like Jesus.” Submitted by Sheila Wilimitis.