7 Bible Verses About God’s Perfect Timing

In the midst of hardships, we tend to feel our prayers and cries to God aren’t being heard because we may not see an immediate change in our situations. This is a misconception of how our relationship with God actually should be. We are to put our all our trust into God’s hands, after all, “God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20. And just because we do not see an immediate change doesn’t mean God never heard you, because He has!

The following 7 Bible verses are just a few words from God that reassure us that God’s timing is always perfect, even when we cannot see it!

1. He Is Patient- 2 Peter 3:8-9

“ But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  

What we may comprehend as seeing a slow response is due to God not listening to us, we are not taking time to be patient. God is patient with us and we in return should be patient with him.

It is very easy to compare ourselves to others and wonder why something has come through for them but it has yet to happen for us. We need to understand that there is a purpose and reason for something not happening or not changing. I feel it is us that needs to be doing the changing, starting with being patient.

2. God Directs- Proverbs 16:9

“ In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

We are all guilty of pre-planning out our future, sometimes it is good but many times it is not. When we create a long-term plan in our hearts, we then quickly find ourselves disappointed and even lost. But if we confide in the Lord and let Him bring us to where we need to be, there isn’t any room for these hurt feelings and the steps we took to get to these great moments in our lives are enjoyed throughout our journey.

3. His Timing- Ecclesiastes 3:1

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”

God never promised us that our life on earth would be easy, but He did say that there is a time and season for everything. If you continue reading through verse 8 you will see how many things that we consider good end up countering with something we consider bad, but God has told us there is a purpose for it all. Verse 2-8 it reads, “ a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

4. Live For Today-Proverbs 27:1

“ Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Recognizing that each day we rise from our beds we have only God to thank for it. We do not know what tomorrow will bring so we should celebrate each day and live by honoring God in the gift of life we often take for granted.

Our lives can change in a blink of an eye which gives us an even more powerful purpose to live for today and not brag about anything that may come tomorrow because we may not see tomorrow. God has given us today and we should rejoice in these moments, not future ones.

5. Hope And A Future- Jeremiah 29:11-12

“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

God has created a plan for each one of us but the way we go about trusting His plan can dictate our overall happiness. When we pray we open up the communication line between God and ourselves. It allows us to go to Him before seeking help anywhere else and it shows our submission to Him and His plan for us. The plans He has for us always exceeds our wildest expectations because it aligns with what we are meant to be doing, not what we expect we should be doing.

6. Wait Quietly- Lamentations 3: 25-26

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

The last thing we think of doing in bad situations is waiting. We tend to act hastily without actually thinking or fleeing the issue to avoid certain emotions or the reality of our choices. We also don’t often do this quietly either. When we put our hope in the Lord we find that we can stand quietly and still, giving it over to God since He is in control in the first place. God is always good and has given us the gift of salvation through his son, Jesus Christ. So we should stand still in the middle of the storm and know God is there and is in control.

7.Submit To Him- Proverbs 3:5-6

“ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

God had created each of us for a purpose and many of us do not know what that purpose is, but if we allow God’s word to speak to us, follow His commands, and allow less of ourselves, we will find that path will lead us down a purposeful path. So don’t rely on yourself, rely on God!

The only way we can trust in God’s timing is through spending more time with Him, allowing His word to shape our hearts and to bend our knees before Him. As our relationship with Him progresses the ability to be patient, still, and obedient only become necessities for this relationship.

If you find yourself today not liking the situation you are in or where certain events in your life have taken you, I encourage you to dive into scripture and let God do the talking. You may see that the valley you are facing today bring you tomorrow to the top of a mountain!

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Hey Friends! I am Nick Lincoln a co-founder here at Abide and Seek. Besides writing articles to spread the light of Jesus throughout the world, I also enjoy playing music, working out, and spending quality time with my family and friends! My prayer is that by sharing my experiences and the struggles I have faced before coming to Christ, the world can see the life-changing power of a life lived in the light of Jesus Christ!

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    1. Pr cosmas Chiimbwe Zambia, I thank God and you the man of God that the word is spirit filled. It is my prayer that you continue honoring God for what is ding in your family and ministry. chiimbwec@gmail.com . cell 0977606142

    2. Thank you for sharing!
      I go to South Sound Church of Christ in Tacoma, WA.

      I love the standing still. The wait. Its challenging for me. I am on a constant move.

      Thanks again!

    3. I give thanks to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY because tonight I read this wonderful messege and I’m so blessed by hearing that some courageous word of God…being blessed Ive learn to be patience in GODS timing

    4. Thank you for scriptures been going thru spiritual warfare feeling regret for decision having trouble forgiving myself

  1. I read your write up on 7 verses about God’s perfect timing. I loved it and thank God for your deep insight. Remain blessed. Stephen (from Nigeria )

    1. I feel a whole lot better before i read these scripture Thank you Father God for confirmation of confidence AMEN

  2. All glory to God almighty thank you these phrases sustain and maintain faith to the Lord to be never back down on obstacles that exist to hinder ways of achieving my life goals but is to all submit to him then he will be bless it.

  3. Thanks for putting this together, speaks directly to my situation and I’ve got it bookmarked so i can keep returning tho these truths!!!

    1. Thank you for sharing and I know that God is talking to me by means of your message, God blessed brother.
      Your Sister in Christ,
      Virginia from Alabama.

  4. Thank you for creating your encouraging page. It appeared in a search regarding God’s timing. His timing is perfect!
    Thank you for excellent scriptures on the subject: reassuring

  5. Truly i am highly blessed with such a motivation.
    Infact my hope is now built on nothing else but Jesus
    God richly bless you Stephen.

  6. Thank you for sharing these scriptures! In looking up Verses on ‘God’s Timing’ for a devotional on God’s Deliverance – I was providentially led to your web page! The positive posts by your readers here are indicative of Paul’s points in Phillippians 1:12-26, the text of my devotion. God bless you and all those reading your insights at Abideandseek dot com.

  7. I am glad I come in contact of this inspired message. I am confident that my time in God is sure and evident. God bless your calling

  8. Glory to God for the seven verses on God’s perfect timing. I brought up my children seeking and waiting for provision of a requirement for the whole family. God has finally provided and I give God all the glory for enabling me to wait patiently.
    Be blessed mightily for your encouraging verses. Tabitha, Kenya.

  9. I am blessed by this verses…. I did some notes. Went deeper on the scripture… I really needed this.. May God bless u… May he use u more to change lives❤️

    1. Wonderful verses you have changed my life more especially after going through all that, I feel great God bless us all.

  10. Please pray for my son Christian, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at ten years old. Christian is 28 and is in a serious relationship with a young lady, I pray for God to lead Christian and draw him near to our Lord to glorify and honor God completely by asking for God’s anointing, God’s guidance!

  11. Your heart already knows what you should be doing in your life. The desires of your heart are often in accordance to the desire and will of God. The tug of your heart – that small voice within you that is trying to tell you something – may be the voice of God who is calling you to take the path that He has prepared for you.

  12. Thank You for this devotional! I lost my wife in January and through the pandemic, trying to work through my grief. My Wife was a Pastor for fifty years! I recently have been praying for an open door to continue some form of ministry for the Lord…. and He has answered. Every Scripture you noted here are ones that have greatly encouraged me along the way. I pray the Lord’s blessing upon you, your family and your ministry! Serving Jesus is the only way to live!
    Doug in Ottawa, Canada

  13. Wonderful verses this is what most of us struggle with in life. You have made my life easier by sharing these verses GOD bless you

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  15. I try to be patient with God. I try to trust in His timing. It is impossible. How long is a season? Life long poverty and unanswered prayers don’t inspire faith. A life where everyone is stripped out of your life doesn’t inspire faith. A life where God never responds in any discernable way slowly destroys faith. Silence is disheartening. I want to be able to trust in God’s timing but I’ll be dead before God gets around to me. Something, anything from God would really help. It’s no wonder why so many Christians give up, kill themselves. God doesn’t provide anything. The Bible sounds like a big book of God’s excuses for not being there for people. The Bible, God’s word is meaningless without some kind of action on God’s part. When God doesn’t act, hope is nonexistent. Jeremiah 29:11 doesn’t hold true as God’s silence and inaction causes harm. (mentally) I am at a cross road and God isn’t letting me pass. Thanks and may God Bless You, in Jesus name, Amen.

    1. Have faith in God..whoever you worship..he has a plan for everyone..I am a devout Hindu and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva..these lines have reinstated my faith in Lord Shiva..although Holy Bible is not the book of our religion..but for me my God is Lord Shiva and I correlate these lines with him..and it works..have faith and have patience..God will take actions for you

    2. I completely relate to what you have written. Many years I have asked God to find a partner. Now I am almost 40 and still single. Whatever I do brings failure. My actions do not lead to anything. My inaction does not lead to anything. I let God to work things out. However, so many years passsed and I still suffer from loneliness. Some people perhaps do not have the skill set for a relationship. However, I do not understand why God would not help me to build the skill, if I am willing to do so.

  16. I am Paulin Kawel Rumang , God’s perfect timing really touched me in all my intire life and consistency is the key through God’s word , meditate on it day and night by having anger & thirsty of righteousness ,we will be filled and satisfied, Amen !

  17. I’m bless about this message, I experience this in my journey as a Christ follower. When I read your sermon it’s enlighten in my mind and in my heart. Thank you so much. God bless you more

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  20. God’s perfect timing
    Encouraged me to see more gracious faith and understanding coming after all the tribulations in the world.praise the Lord

  21. Man of God, Thanks for obeying the voice of God by fulfilling the great commission to spread the word, I am inspired by the impact you and your family are having on the millions of God people, May God gives you long life, wisdom, anointing, and power to continue his work on earth.

  22. Blessings dear man of God, thanks for the powerful sermon, im really inpressed by your words of wisdom
    Pastor Bonaventure E
    Christ City Of Peace Mission
    Lagos Nigeria

  23. Thank you for such a powerful article, I’m an impatient person so waiting is extremely hard but after reading this, I believe God is calling on me to wait as so I can grow in faith and be most joyful and thankful when he answers my prayer

  24. Thank you brother for sharing these solids nuggets of Gods truth! I studied this to start my day, reminding me of Gods perfect timing!

  25. Open yourself to your most profound apprehension; from that point onward, dread has no power, and the anxiety toward opportunity shrivels and evaporates. You are free.

  26. I really enjoyed this article or rather scriptures about God’s perfect timing
    I’m always seeking God‘s wisdom, His love for us, the amazing things God has for us in our lives he’s remarkable. I’m constantly awestruck and I love to read about who He is to us for us. I love learning about his names, because when you learn about his names, you know who you’re praying to you know how to pray for others
    I came here today knowing that God’s timing is perfect but I love to read what other people think and feel and know or don’t know and are exploring about God and his perfect timing and His purpose for us how he goes before us paving the way
    I enjoyed being hear today in His presence with you and those thirsty for Him

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