God’s Perfect Timing

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Learning from Joseph Part 2

Did you read Part 1 of what can be learned from Joseph? If not, click here.

Now, let’s take a look at something else we can learn from him. Let’s take a look at the genealogy of Joseph.

Abraham & Sarah
Isaac & Rebekah
Jacob & Rachel

Do you see that? Joseph comes directly from Abraham. And do you see who comes from Abraham? It’s Isaac! Just about everyone that has struggled with their fertility journey knows that Abraham & Sarah dealt with barrenness. God had promised them a child. But it took a long time for Him to deliver their son, over 100 years!!!

Now let’s think about this. Do you think that if Isaac was born right when Abraham and Sarah wanted him that all the plans and callings God had for all of their descendants would be fulfilled?

Absolutely not! If Isaac was born on their time table, then Joseph wouldn’t have been able to save His family at the time he was needed to save them. Because Joseph would have been born at least 75 years sooner than God planned. I don’t know about you, but that’s mind blowing to me.

So what can we learn from this? We can learn that just because we think it’s the right time doesn’t mean that it actually is. That God sees everything in our future and our children’s future and their children’s future. So He knows the right time for our children.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  – Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

I had a friend share recently that someone told her that often times in the fertility journey, we’re thinking that we want our baby. And we’re not thinking about what that baby needs or what’s best for them. If we were to rush our child being born, then they might not fulfill the calling and purpose God has for them, because they would be born too soon. Whoa! I don’t know about you, but I want my future son to fulfill all that God has planned, so I’m coming to the realization that I’m okay with His timing for my son to be born.

God really does have perfect timing. It may not be perfect in our eyes, but it’s perfect for our child and our lives because He knows so much more and holds the world in the palm of His hands. Let’s trust in His perfect timing for our lives and our future children’s lives.


  1. Wow. This was revolutionary for me to hear today. I’ve been so focused on why Heavenly Father hasn’t given me the child I want NOW, instead of realizing the WHY behind the wait. Thank you for sharing!

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      Wow!! I’m so glad! It really does transform your perspective. I was blown away when He revealed it to me. Now I’ve come to such a place of peace and understanding for the why. Now I want the perfect time for my child and for my life.

  2. Ooof. Honestly, I find it so hard to accept God’s timing. It’s so hard when we can’t see the whole picture to understand that there is a specific reason for God’s timing. My heart just wants to throw a tantrum against that, but I know that is just pride and thinking I know better than God. It is also a manifestation of fear – a fear of just how long God’s timing will take. But I love the connection you made to the timing of Joseph’s birth and the preservation of Israel. Life really is so much bigger than our own little world.

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      Right?!?! It really amazed me when God revealed that to me. Like wow, you really do know better than I. But I totally understand where you’re coming from, as I’ve been guilty of that myself. It’s hard to rely on His timing sometimes, especially if it’s been a long time of waiting.

  3. I love this reminder. It mad me think of when Esther said something like… maybe I was born for such a time as this. Its so easy to “say” we trust the Lord’s timing, but actually living it so much harder. Thank you for sharing your heart! It’s so good!

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      Right?? It really is hard to live out, but when I choose to look in this lens of if it weren’t for it happening at this perfect time, a, b & c might not have happened. That really can transform my trust in His timing. And thank you!

  4. The waiting is never easy, but it’s always such a time of growth. I have learned more about myself and the faithfulness of God during the last couple of years than I have in any of my ‘mountaintop’ moments.
    I really appreciate your perspective and approach to blogging. Thank you for sharing!

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      The same is so true for me. I have learned so much about myself and about Him. I have become so much closer to Him in this time, than ever before. Thank you, and thanks for reading. This year has been marked by a perspective of faith and trust for me, choosing to believe in the God of impossibilities.

  5. I love what Melissa said about Esther being born “for such a time as this”- I also believe that God will “restore the years the Locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25) and that He redeems the years of lack with an abundance for our future.

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      Yes!! And… “come home, hope-filled prisoners! This very day I’m declaring a double bonus everything you lost returned twice-over!” (Zech 9:12)

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