By Kendra Clarke
So often we beg and plea for the blessing to hurry up and arrive, not considering that the blessing is in the waiting. When we are forced to wait, we begin to hope and our faith kicks in with the anticipation of eventually reaping what we have sown. Romans 8:25 tells us that,
“If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience”. Furthermore,
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” (Romans 8:24)
God’s Promise Would Be Fulfilled
Exercising faith while waiting for God’s best, is necessary because doing our own thing can have dire consequences not only for us, but for those around us. Sarai didn’t consider what would happen once a child was conceived between her husband and her slave. Did she believe that the four of them would be one big happy family? I don’t know many women that would have had an easy time with their husbands conceiving a child with another woman under those circumstances. Hagar, once pregnant with Abraham’s heir, began to throw her weight around. Sarai resented Hagar in the worst kind of way and was consumed by her bitterness, though she helped to set everything in motion. Of course Abraham could have said “no” to her plan, but like Adam, he submitted to sin. Some time had passed, then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (Genesis 17:15-16). Though Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was 90 years old, God’s promise would be fulfilled.
Submitting to His Plan
One thing we must come to realize is that our concept of time differs greatly from God’s concept of time, thus our timetables will always conflict. Moses describes the timelessness of God in Psalm 90:4 when he says,
“For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night”.
All too often we mistake God’s long delays for absence, inactivity or indifference, which is not the case. We simply resent waiting and we do ourselves a disservice when we decide to take matters upon our own shoulders, creating even more distress and anxiety. How much more serene and peaceful would our lives and circumstances be if we were to just let go and let God have His way. If we were to give Him the wheel, we wouldn’t have to worry about the when, where or how because we would be submitting to His plan, His way, His will and His direction. In Marine Corps Boot Camp for instance, recruits didn’t have watches because we did not need them. Our Drill Instructors (DIs) were in complete and utter control of our lives. They told us when to get up in the mornings and when to go to sleep at night. They had our schedules so they knew where we had to be, when we had to be there and how we were going to get there. All we had to do was wake up in the mornings, accept their guidance and they handled everything else. It is the same way with God. Allow Him to be your guide and you are assured to be exactly where you need to be when you need to be there. No worries…No stress… Just blessed…Yeees!
The Blessing is in the Waiting
When God asks you to wait, it isn’t with the intention of making you squirm, to torture you or even to punish you. He tells you that, “His plans are not to hurt or to harm you, but to prosper you and to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Don’t think the worse of Him for unlike man, He has your best interest at heart. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). Sometimes waiting is for your own good. It could be to protect you from imminent harm or to prepare you to take hold of that good thing which He has promised you. In essence, God could be preparing your mate for you and / or preparing you for your mate. Timing is just as important as finding the “One”, because if you leap prematurely, you will weep. Wait on God and do not move ahead of Him for when you do, you move from under His protective covering exposing yourself to the enemy, who we already know “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). When you look at it from God’s perspective, the blessing is in the waiting. Acknowledge God’s soveriety and the fact that He knows best and your mind, heart, soul, body and spirit will be at peace even as you go through the valley.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
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