Abraham waited 25 years for Isaac (Gen12:4,21:5), Joseph waited 13 years before becoming elevated above his brothers (Gen37:2,41:46), the Hebrews waited 38 years in the desert before entering the promised land (Deut2:14), and I have been waiting 14 years and counting for God’s intervention. “Waiting” is definitely a common theme for those who want to follow Christ, I have realized this over the years of being a born-again Christian. I completely understand the many who become impatient on God or due to intense pressure resort to their own means. As human beings, we always want to do things ‘now, now’, however when we come to Christ this changes, it’s no longer about our agenda but His
“The best thing a man can be is to be what God wants him to be, the other alternative is not the best”-Unknown saying
It is frustrating to wait upon the Lord, it doesn’t make sense at times; the ridicule and shame it brings can definitely create tension in our relationship with the Father. Nonetheless, I have come to realize that indeed “the best thing a man can be is to be what God wants him to be, the other alternative is not the best.” Why, because Proverbs 14:12 says “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Show me a man who was impatient on the Lord, did it ‘his’ own way, and it went well with him. I don’t even have proof of that in the Bible. What I read instead is Ishmael, the product of Abraham’s impatience and the problems generated (Gen16:4-6,21:9-21). The Israelites badly needed a king that they got Saul, who later became demon-possessed (1Sam16:14). The devil offers things quickly which later turn to ruin and destruction. How many women rushed in relationships or marriage without the approval of God and today are still regretting that decision? Comprehending these realities has been helping me accept God’s ways.
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Why wait anyways???
Delicious and healthy meals need to be cooked from scratch, consequently, they take time. One of the reasons, the Father makes us wait is to mold and shape us into better and more victorious people. He’s more interested in our holiness than happiness. I’ll repeat that again “He’s more interested in our holiness than happiness.” The Lord Jesus didn’t come to save us from sorrows but sins “and she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21. “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life” 2 Peter 1:3. “[Jesus] who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” Galatians 1:4.
At times, our own mistakes and resistance to change prolongate the designated waiting time. In the case of the Hebrews, they were planned to enter the promised land two years after exiting Egypt, however, their rebellion against God caused them to wait longer (Numb14:21-24). Our Father desires to humble us (so we can learn to submit to His Word) during the waiting period and when we don’t want to be broken, things get delayed.
How to wait?
People usually say “I need grace to wait on God” or “please pray for God to give me grace to wait on Him.” Grace actually comes AFTER we decide to humble ourselves before the Father . “Be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’ “(1 Peter 5:5). In order for the Holy Spirit to give us strength to wait on the Father’s promises, we must humble ourselves, i.e. submit to the Word of God. Additionally, it’s always important be watchful in prayer and fasting, as the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Finally, one other thing that’s helped me in this waiting period is to get busy as an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. I’ve been busy in ministry, sewing, writing scripts, and helping others in need. In this way, my mind focuses on other things than the issue at hand.
We will never be able to understand the Father’s ways but we can be sure that “the blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22, contrary to the path that the devil proposes. I need humility, prayer, fasting, and a little busyness to let God transform me into His Son’s image while I continue to wait.