We were on our honeymoon (just a few show years ago) when we were walking into the lobby of a show we wanted to see. The lady at the ticket counter looked at us, smiled, and said, “Perfect timing, folks. The next show is starting in just a few minutes.” It was more like fifteen or twenty minutes, but we bought our tickets and looked around the lobby.

Several minutes later, as an earlier show let out, another couple walked into the lobby. As if on cue, the lady behind the ticket counter looked at them, smiled, and said “Perfect timing, folks. The last show is just about to start!” We quickly realized that the only kind of timing at that theater was “perfect timing,” especially when it involved selling tickets.

As believers, we sometimes talk about God’s “perfect timing.”


So if God’s timing is so perfect, why does it sometimes seem to be so slow? I never hear people complaining that “God has blessed me with so much, so quickly that I just can’t handle it all.” I do hear people lamenting how slow God seems to be in answering prayers or dealing with problems in their lives. We want God to deal with things A.S.A.P. and we can’t understand why He sometimes takes so long.

Consider the situation with God’s people in the book of Exodus. God was leading them into the Promised Land, and He was describing how easy it would be for them to take it over. “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites out of your way.” (Ex.23:27,28)

In other words, it was for their own good that God gave them the land gradually. God knew just how much they could handle, and he delivered the land as they become ready for it.
Sometimes, God’s “slowness” is for our good.
Occasionally, in our overconfidence, we ask for too much, too soon, and God knows that result for us would be disastrous.
Sometimes, God’s perfect timing is slower than what we want; yet in His wisdom, God gives us, not what we want, but what we need. If God seems slow in answering prayers, remember that He knows what you need and when you need it, even before you know that you need it in the first place. God’s way is just “Perfect Timing,” folk.

Author Unknown (revised)