If you are familiar with basketball, you watch the NBA, or you have been recently watching March Madness; you know that when the team has the ball they have a certain amount of time in which they can shoot the ball. This time is kept track by what is called a shot clock. The team must go down the court, run an offense, and execute properly before the shot clock expires or the ball is turned over to the other team.
I think, unknowingly, in life we give God a shot clock. We try to tell God when, where, and how He can do what He wants to do and move the way He wants to move. We put God on the clock. If He doesn’t come through when we think He should come through, we think that it can’t be done. When He doesn’t do it the way we think He should do it, we don’t think it can happen. If He doesn’t do it in the particular time frame that we give Him, we lose all hope of it ever coming to pass. Before we even ask, pray, or seek after God; we already have our services, programs, and plans set in place to tell God how He should do whatever it is He is going to do.
There is a story in 2 Kings 4 about a woman who had believed in God to give her a son, but when it didn’t happen when or how she thought it was going to happen, she gave up all hope of it ever taking place. (See 2 Kings 4:8-17) When the prophet Elisha told her that she was going to have a son, she replied “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” She had given up. She had convinced herself that it was never going to happen. So when she was told it was going to take place, she told Elisha not to play with her, not to mess with her, don’t get her hopes up, don’t lie to her. As Christine Caine said she had confused God’s appointed time with her due date. She had given God a shot clock, and when the clock had expired and what she had been believing for didn’t happen, she came to the realization that it was never going to happen.
I believe some of you are in that place right now. You have put God on the clock. You have been asking, praying, and believing for something for so long, the clock has now expired, and you no longer believe it is going to happen. You have convinced yourself of it. You have come to the realization that what you had hoped for will never take place. You have got your hopes up before and had them dashed. You have believed for something before and it hasn’t happened. So now when you hear a word from God, when someone tells you that what you have been believing for is going to come to pass; you smile at them, shrug your shoulders, and sigh because you have come to believe that the shot clock for the promise, miracle, healing, or blessing to take place in has gone off, has expired, has run out.
I want to encourage you today that even though the shot clock has expired, that even though your due date has passed; God is still going to do whatever it is that you have been believing for Him to do. He is still going to come through. Your promise, your miracle, you healing, your blessing, you breakthrough is going to happen in His perfect timing and at His appointed time. Don’t throw in the towel just yet, don’t give in, don’t give up, don’t you quit. Keep hoping, keep believing, keep trusting, keep pressing, keep pushing, keep praying, keep asking, keep standing, and keep holding on.