God seldom comes at our day, because we seldom reckon right yet he never fails
His own day.
Though the promise
tarries until the appointed time, yet it will not tarry beyond it! Acts 7:17 (AMP) But as the time for the
fulfillment of the promise drew near which God had made to Abraham, the
[Hebrew] people increased and multiplied in Egypt. Herbs
and flowers sleep underground all winter in their roots but come up out of
their beds, where they have lain unseen for so long, when spring approaches.
And the promise will do this in its season.
Every promise is
dated, but with a mysterious character; and because we cannot understand God's
chronology, we think He must have forgotten us. It is as if a man should set
his watch by his own hungry stomach rather than by the sun, and then say it is
noon and complain because his lunch is not quite ready. We covet comfort and
expect the promise to keep time with our impatient desires. But the sun will
not move any faster if we set our watch forward, not the promise come sooner if
we antedate it.
It is most true,
as someone has said, “though God seldom comes at time or day we expect, because
we seldom understand correctly, yet He never fails His own timing or day of
action." The apostle exhorts the Thessalonian church not to " 2 Th. 2:2 (AMP) Not to allow your minds to be
quickly unsettled or disturbed or
kept excited or alarmed, whether it
be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter
[alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already]
arrived and is here. But
why did these saints need such an exhortation when they were looking for their
greatest joy to come with that day? It was not the coming of that day which was
so alarming, but the time in which some seducers would have persuaded them to
expect it--before many prophecies had been fulfilled. "2Th. 2:3 (AMP) Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day
will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling
away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of
lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),
The promise waits only until those intermediate truths--which span a much
shorter period--are fulfilled, and then nothing can possibly hold back the
promise after that."