We live in a world of fast lane, fast cars, fast food, fast life and we have no time to take things slow. We want everything to be done in an instant… I mean they have even come up with instant loans! No one likes to wait these days.
But when it comes to Christian life, somehow it’s all about the waiting and for some people it’s waiting and waiting and waiting. Does it sound like you? I sure feel that. I mean it’s somehow like God is playing a mean trick on you, making you wait when you are actually looking for an answer.
Have you heard this saying?“Joseph waited 15 years, Abraham waited 25 years, Moses waited 40 years, Jesus waited 30 years. If you’re waiting on God to fulfill His promise to you; you are in good company.” When I first heard this I went
“OH NO! I still have so many years left to wait. All my life I had to keep waiting and now this?”
Seems funny when I think about it now. But how long can you actually keep waiting? Genesis 29:20 says “So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” Sure seemed easy for Jacob! But if only it were that easy for the rest of us!
Oh hey! I like this girl/guy let me just wait for seven years!
Doesn’t seem logical these days, does it? But what if God did want you to wait for seven years? Seven just being a random figure, would you do it?
Like the rest of the world even us Christians want everything in an instant. But even those us who read the bible and know verses by heart and say we trust God can’t seem to wrap our heads around the fact that at certain times we do need to wait.
Wait for God’s timing. Wait for God’s answer. Wait for God’s approval. Wait for God’s guidance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying if you are a Christian you will always have to wait. No! All I am saying is that there will be times where God might want you to wait. Sometimes a few days or a few weeks or sometimes even months or years, the question is will you?
For most of us the answer will be, YES! So we wait. And then days turn to months and sometimes months to years. And then what? And half way through this journey the cribbing starts and the self-pity and everything else that goes with it. We start to think, am I doing the right thing by waiting for God’s answer? Maybe God already gave me an answer and I didn’t listen? And the MAYBEs start along with the whole plethora of justification of why we come up with the MAYBEs. Sound familiar? So what do we do? We pray sometime even fast and pray ( hoping God speeds up His answer),sometimes God speaks to us and we take strength from it(which lasts for some time and then we go back to the whole cribbing and the self-pity cycle).But are we willing to trust God entirely? Completely? So much that we know and believe that He will make all things beautiful in His time? Even if it means we have to keep waiting? Sometimes even without an answer?
God uses this period of waiting to mould and shape us into a person He wants us to be, to completely trust Him 100% even though we don’t know what the outcome is going to be. Sometimes He uses this time to close doors /anything which is not in accordance to His will. Sometimes He uses that time to prepare us for what He has in store for the future.
All this would be easier if we could just trust Him, The God who created the universe, The God who so fearfully and wonderfully made us, The God who knows our past and our future, The God who knows the plan for your life. We know all this right? God created the universe, every little detail was so wonderfully made. The stars, the moon, the sky the seas, You, Me? We know that He is such an amazing God, such an awesome God but when it comes to trusting Him, We somehow have problems.
Do you think the God who feeds the birds(Mat 6:26) and clothes the grass of the field(Mat 6:30) doesn’t care about you? Do you think He is making you wait for no reason? NO! He knit you in your mother’s womb, He has called you by name, he has numbered the hairs of your head. He only wants the best for you. 2 Peter 3:9 says The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness.. So if He is making you wait, it is just because He wants the best for you and the LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him(Lamentations 3:25 ) and No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, (Psalm 25:3).
So If you’re waiting on God to fulfill His promise to you; just remember you are in good company.” Where we are today is no accident. God is using the situation you are in right now to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants to bring you in the future. Trust Him with His plan even if you don’t understand it.