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Session 23

Timing is everything

Read: Exodus 23

A plentiful harvest doesn’t happen by accident. A farmer spends considerable time fertilizing the soil, tilling, planting, and watering the seeds and plants. But perhaps the most important factor a farmer considers is timing. No matter how well he cares for his crops, if they are planted too late or too early, they will not thrive.

Timing matters. 

In Exodus 23:27-30, God explains that a good thing at the wrong time is no longer a good thing. God promised to drive out the Israelites’ enemies so they could take possession of the land. This was a good thing. However, God explained that they would have to settle the land gradually. If God cleared out their enemies all at once, the land would become a wasteland, filled with dangerous, wild animals. 

To the Israelites, the thought of waiting was discouraging. They had been wandering through the desert without a permanent home since God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. The Promised Land was so close, they could taste it. But, if they did not accept the gradual process of God driving out their enemies one-by-one, they would never be able to enjoy the land and thrive there for generations to come.

Just as the Israelites desired a permanent home immediately, we often want solutions from God immediately. We want the better job now. We want to be healed now. We want to be married or have children now.

But often our immediate solution is like planting crops in January. No matter how good our solution seems, if it is not the right timing, it will not benefit us in the long run. 

In Romans 8:28, the Bible teaches us that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him. This means that in the midst of our discontentment and impatience, we can trust God to work things out for our good, even when we don’t understand His timing.

Reflect:

  • Why is it so hard to trust that God’s timing is better than yours?
  • What is one issue you are facing today that you would like solved immediately? What can God teach you while you wait for His perfect timing?

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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