God can do anything. That includes sometimes making us wait.
It seems that usually, God is not in a big ‘ole hurry about much. The scriptures even say, He is slow at going about things, carefully knitting His plan and purpose into everything.
God promised Abraham and Sarah a child when they were a young couple, but made them wait ’till their early 100’s to bless them with Issac. Rough, you know? Especially for the whole pregnancy and delivery thing minus epidurals and Ben & Jerry’s. Not to mention, chasing a toddler around a few years after that, yikes.
Jesus could have healed Lazarus sometime, well, anytime in his life. But, instead, Jesus raised him from the grave after he had already endured his entire life with an awful disease.
God could have made David the King that same day when He was anointed.
He could have talked to Moses after a day or two alone in the dessert, instead He waited 40 years. Personal confession: I can’t even do a three day juice cleanse. Or be patient while my phone charges. Anyways…
He could have freed Joseph from the dungeon.
He could have let Noah in on a detail or two about timing.
Daniel, Paul, countless others.
Let’s not forget Jesus when He hung on the cross.
Back to me: I don’t like to wait. Most big life decisions, successful or otherwise happen on a whim for me. One second they come into my brian, the next I am going for it. I think most people can relate to this ADD style. We just about lose our marbles over slow trucks, lines at Disneyland, and preoccupied waiters. Not to mention actual real life stuff.
The problem with this mindset is that it often sneaks into my spiritual walk and has me constantly rushing to the next big thing. My perspective is that I’ve basically “got this” and God needs to start hustling if He wants to hang. Yes, I am that bad. The Lord has His hands full.
I require bricks to the head. So, here’s one for you: rarely does God move in accordance to our color coordinated timeframe.
A few others that I know to be true but still don’t have figured out:
- He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He’s put the desire and passion in our hearts.
- He makes us wait on desires, whether it’s a baby, spouse, or new job.
- He makes us wait for directions when we’re stuck at a dead end.
Abraham and Sarah prayed for a child for 100 YEARS. Heavens rain down, I can’t even handle buffering.
David was running away for 15 years.
Moses was in the desert for 40.
Joseph was in the dungeon of a prison, wrongfully accused for 10 years.
And maybe He’s making you wait right now for the same reason…
to build your faith.
Is God really all you need? What if the cable went out? Vacation plans fell through, or if you lost your job?
God uses waiting to develop our true character, smooth off our pretty edges, and make us realize just how badly we need a savior.
It’s during this season when nothing seems to be happening, when prayers go up and you don’t really know if He heard you or not. That is when we learn to become more like Him. In waiting, we have to grow up and get stronger in our faith out of pure necessity. To survive waiting, we need Jesus, bad.
So, from Him, through me, to you: God hears you. He knows your desires. If He’s making you wait, He is working in your life. Rejoice! Wherever you are, know that God is right beside you and has a purpose for you, even if today that purpose is only to look to Him and wait.
Lastly, be encouraged by the fact that He made some of the greatest men of faith, wait. He came through for them, and centuries later, the same God that raised Jesus from the grave to overcome the sin of the world, will come through for you.