“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14
During the Christmas holiday as a child, do you recall making a Christmas list and asking for several things but there was that one thing above all others you really wanted and knew you’d get? Do you remember seeing a box under the tree resembling what could maybe be the shape of what you asked for? Now, do you also remember sneaking to open a tiny corner of the package weeks before Christmas because you couldn’t wait for Christmas morning so when Christmas time finally came around, everyone was filled with excitement at opening gifts; full of awe, anticipating the gifts coming their way yet your moment of excitement, awe and wonder happened long before because you didn’t wait and now what should have been exciting at the right time, was underappreciated. Did this ever happen to you? Well, similar has happened to me and I’ve learned my fair share of lessons because of being impatient instead of waiting.
Sometimes it’s like that with a promise God has given to us. Whether by His written word or maybe even a spoken word through a man or woman of God used by Him to deliver the message of a promise to come. Maybe He told you that one day you would travel to the nations to take the gospel of Jesus Christ or maybe He told you that one day you would be a pastor and Shepard His people. Maybe you’re called to be a youth minister or possibly maybe even an author or public speaker. Maybe He promised you a baby, a spouse, a home, etc. I’m sure you get the point.
I’m not referring to preparing for that which God has promised. We should prepare. What we shouldn’t do is book flights to the nations to preach the gospel when God hasn’t said “go”. We shouldn’t open a church when the Lord hasn’t instructed us to do so. We shouldn’t publish a book until the Lord says “now”, etc. There is a reason for the time between when you received the word about the promise and the time that you are to receive it. It’s called process. It’s a season of preparation.
Do you want to receive what God has for you when you’re not ready knowing there is a possibility everything will fall apart? At times, we try to “help God” in speeding up the process to obtain the promise or walk in it. Sometimes we go ahead of God, trying to do things our way and then things go wrong. What if we would have waited? Imagine how much better the promise would be at the perfect time God purposed it for you.
We need to trust His timing. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that He makes all things beautiful in its time. Here are a few examples of this truth. Sarah was beyond child bearing years when she conceived Isaac, the promised son (Genesis 21). Joseph was a young man when he dreamed he would one day rule in a position of authority but he was first sold as a slave to the Egyptians by his brothers then became a prisoner in Egypt before finding favor with Pharaoh and rising to power and helping with the seven years of famine in the land (Genesis 37-41). Joshua and the Israelites marched around the city of Jericho for seven days before obtaining victory and conquering the city as God had promised they would (Joshua 6). Ruth was a widow first before meeting Boaz, the man God destined to be her beloved husband (Ruth 2). Hannah conceived the Prophet Samuel, the first prophet in Israel one year after she promised God that if He gave her a son, she would dedicate him back to God (1 Samuel 1). David was anointed to be king over Israel in his youth but did not reign until he was thirty years of age (1 Samuel 16, 2 Samuel 5). The woman with the flow of blood, was ill for twelve years before she was healed because of her faith when she simply touched the hem of Jesus’ garment (Luke 8:43-48).
Each of these events took place in God’s divine time and He was glorified in each of them. If He did it before, He can certainly do it again. He already has in the lives of many who prayerfully trusted in His timing. God’s timing is perfect. He’s never early and He’s never late. He is always on time.
Stay prayerful, stay submitted, continue being obedient to what He’s asked of you, walk in righteousness and His promises will surely come to pass in your life. God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. If He said it, He will bring it to completion. So, trust His timing.
God bless you and good night.
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