God's Perfect Timing

Monday, July 20, 2015
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Philippians 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

Some time back, Jackie and I decided to start checking out various auto dealers for a used SUV-type vehicle for Jackie's home-care work. Some of the roads she navigates are remote and pretty rough, so we needed something higher off the ground than a car.

After praying about this, we checked out our local places, then took a trip to Kamloops. We spent pretty much the whole day looking at and test-driving various vehicles, none of which had the right combination of price, visibility, and comfort for Jackie's back.

As dusk was settling in and we were thinking we weren't going to find anything that day after all, we drove to the opposite end of town and happened to notice another dealership.

As we strolled onto their lot, a salesman mentioned that they had just received delivery of a used vehicle that had been driven in from Alberta, which had actually arrived ahead of time. The asking price was in our ballpark, so we decided to take it out for a test drive with this fellow.

As we were driving around, Jackie knew that this was definitely going to be our best bet. The salesman asked us where we were from and what we did, and when we mentioned that I was a Christian pastor, he surprised us by saying that he himself was a new Christian, and that his brother had just recently led him to receive Jesus into his life as Lord and Saviour.

We then had a really good chat together with this new brother in Christ, getting to know him a little better in sharing things from the Lord in our lives. By the time we got back and made the deal for the vehicle, it was past closing time at the dealership. After we had signed all the paperwork, our new friend, Murray, told us that he had been praying for a desperately-needed financial boost, as he and his family had really been hit hard. He then thanked and praised God (and us), because it was the last day of the month, and this sale was just enough to qualify him for their monthly sales bonus.

Talk about God's perfect timing in answering prayer! A place we had no intention of bothering with, a vehicle arriving ahead of time, a Christian in need, the right thing for us at the right price, and desperately-needed bonus money for Murray and his family for which he qualified on the last day of the month and after business hours. Just before we left, he phoned his wife with this great news as to why he was late getting home. Murray thought that he had run out of time for this to happen, but for God, it was just another display of His perfect timing in all things.

Not all of our prayers are answered in such dramatic ways, but it is encouraging to know that our God is a God of love and power, and that He does have miraculous ways of providing for our needs. We just need to trust Him.

Prayer: Lord, help us never to forget that You are in control and that You love us. Help us to trust Your timing in the working out of Your will in our lives and in all things. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Bruce Wilcox <bwilcox2@live.ca>
Lac La Hache, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful story Bruce. Thanks for sharing.

    Our Lord is so good and His provision is always right on time. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    Dear Bruce l really enjoyed your devotional today. How wonderful is the way of the Lord. God bless you and yours.

    Dear Bruce,
    I really enjoy your devotional “God’s Perfect Timing”.

    Thank you for this devotional on God’s perfect timing.
    It is so true and it’s always wonderful to be reminded of it.

    Hello Bruce. This was a very touching devotional. Thanks for sharing. God is no one’s debtor, is He!
    Continual blessings to you and yours.

    Hi. Loved your devotion today as yesterday our pastor mentioned over and over that God Always provides.. IT IS SOOOO TRUE.

    Praise God for His perfect timing in every situation in our lives. He knows us so well and He knows what we need and when we need it. I’m so grateful to have experienced this many times in my own life.

    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story of how He works in what some may consider “mysterious ways” for today’s devotional. It is said though, that “With God there are no coincidences”.

    I thank God for your story. Although it doesn’t address the specifics of my prayer today, it really clarifies my actual need, which is to simply ask and then trust and wait on Him! How wonderfully He meets our REAL need!

    Love it. God’s timing is always so perfect. I’ve experienced similar blessings in my life too.
    Thank you for sharing Bruce.
    Blessings to you and yours.

    Hi Bruce,
    Just found your devotional quite amazing as I had a very similar experience only this afternoon. What a wonderfully amazing God we have. May we never get over the awesomeness of His love, care and blessings.

    Good Monday morning, Bruce.
    What an happening! Thank you for sharing with us such detail which is bound to make a meaningful impression on any others who read it. It would be folly for me to add any further comments to your story with its obvious lesson of faith. May our Lord continue to bless you ‘real good’.

    Thank you, Bruce for sharing this marvellous testimony of God’s timing. It has really brought to my attention that I need to be more patient about this. I haven’t seen evidence yet that God is working in the life of a person who is dearest to me. However, I don’t know what is going on in her heart. I must keep reminding myself to trust in His Timing.
    I am delighted for the way everything worked for you folks. Truly remarkable! Praise the Lord!!

    Dear Pastor Wilcox:
    Thank you so much for your highly interesting and instructional Devotional.
    I was particularly interested because I had also bought a used SUV for myself and my wife from a used car dealership well-known in our area as being Christian-owned. We had dealt with them before for other used cars, however, in our last purchase we discovered that this model has a history of problems when we had an accident due to the problem. At the time of test driving I did NOT detect this problem, unfortunately.
    Thank the Lord, my wife and I were not injured. We thank the Lord most of all that this accident did NOT happen among people. We thank the Lord most of all because we believe that He sent His guardian angels to guide our car without causing any harm to human beings…and to warn us graphically of this problem with the car. This experience has strengthened our faith in our Lord.
    Due to this accident, we decided to buy a brand new car. This time I did thorough research on the internet.
    I now feel so safe and sound and it is a joy to drive.
    As Shakespeare so wisely said long ago: “All is well that ends well.”

    Don’t you love it that God IS in control…always!!

    Thanks, Bruce. We really appreciate your devotional. sharing how the Lord has guided you.
    We hope you will keep writing.

    Thank you for this devotional on God’s perfect timing.
    It is so true and it’s always wonderful to be reminded of it.

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