“‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,’ says the Lord; ‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, you shall preserve them from this generation forever.” Psalm 12:5-7
We all have things that frustrate us; being late and having others chronically be late is one of my frustrations.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that things happen and sometimes being late for, or even completely missing appointments can at times be unavoidable but it’s my opinion that these times should be the rare occasion rather than the rule.
You see I was taught that it’s rude to be late. It shows that you don’t have respect for the other person’s time because you cause them to waste the time they could have used but weren’t able to because they were waiting for you, and then they have to rob time from other people, or activities, when you finally do show up because now what they were going to do with you has to run late.
The real problem is a failure to adequately plan and prepare for your day. You see it’s been my observation on those occasions when I’ve been late that it’s been because I’ve failed to plan my activities for the day so that I could be on time. I either tried to cram too many things into too short an amount of time or I didn’t adequately anticipate how long some bigger tasks were going to take. And, yes, there have been those rare times when someone, or something, comes along and adds a burden to my day unexpectedly, but those are rare and not the usual reason for being late.
My point is that most of the time the reasons for our letting people down, and being late is just one way we can do that, is because we’ve failed to either make a plan or execute a plan in a way that would have brought success to our efforts and satisfaction to those relying on us.
In our focus text King David praises God because he’s found that when our God says he will do something he can count on him to accomplish his word. Our God is a god that can be relied upon. Nothing takes him by surprise. Nothing usurps his sovereignty. Nothing will keep him from fulfilling his promises. He’s never too late. He’s never too weak. He’s always paying attention. And he always cares.
Thank you God for being a God we can count on. Thank you for caring about us so much that you’ve planned for everything we need for life and salvation. Give us your Spirit so that we can become like you.