Finding God's Winning Spirit

Perfect Timing

October 9, 2014 | Greg Smith |


There is probably nothing more important when it comes to successful athletic performance than timing.  It doesn't make any difference if you are talking about the golf swing, a free throw or the release of a forward pass – timing is everything. The base-runner who leaves early or the high jumper who jumps late is doomed by bad timing. It would be fair to say that in most athletic competition what happens usually is effected by when it happen.  Actions in proper sequence increases success – a moment too soon or a moment too late and things can look pretty awkward.

Most athletes will tell you that the key to timing is patience.  Patience for these athletes comes from confidence which comes from faith in their training and hours of practice. In a manner of speaking, patience in this case is the fruit of faith – faith in their training and faith in their gifts.

For us to be productive Christians we too must negotiate timing; we must learn to be patient. The Bible tells us, “… those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

As with athletes the biggest key in perfecting timing is the negotiation of anxiety, fear and doubt. As Christians this too comes from faith – not just faith in our training or gifts but faith in God the Father. Faith in God breeds confidence and confidence breeds a sense of peace. Those Christians who are at peace are much more prone to be patient – patient because they have hope in the promises of Christ.

This connection between faith-hope-patience is what is relayed in Hebrew 6:-11-12, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

To find God’s winning Spirit we need good timing too. Fortunately we do not have to spend hours of practice to clear a bar or hit a 96-mph fast ball.  All we have to do is let our relationship with Christ guide us in understanding and trusting God’s timing – His agenda of time and space.  For us perfect timing is not just about practicing or developing confidence in ourselves it is about listening; it is about sensing and following God’s timing for our lives, after all, his timing is perfect.


Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret….” (Psalms 37:7)




(Excerpt from Think F.A.S.T.: A Christian Game Plan)

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