This post from last year is a great reminder (for me personally) that God’s timing is ultimately the best – even if it means that we must wait much longer for His promises to transpire than what we expect. May you be encouraged today, beloved. He is faithful!
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4
Have you ever casually been driving in your car, only to slam on your brakes suddenly because of unexpected roadwork? Or maybe the traffic light had just turned from yellow to red while you were approaching the intersection? Many of us can relate to the feelings of frustration, the sweaty palms, the spastic heart rate, and that sigh of relief that arise from narrowly missing the car ahead.
Yet regardless of the reason, we are stopped.
Our journey is delayed. Or so we think.
Waiting for God is hard. We want to follow Him and seek His direction while at the same time keeping our foot firmly on the gas pedal. We want to go, while He wants us to stop.
Yesterday I came to a new conclusion about my faith in God.
I expect Him to be patient with me (because He’s love and love is patient), but I don’t always feel the need to reciprocate the effort.
Recently, I began badgering God about how His timing (and forcing me to wait) is causing me to suffer, yet I had never realized that I caused Him pain simply by not believing enough in Him (by deliberately choosing not to trust).
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
I am the one who’s been selfish and arrogant, not God. Who was I to think that I could actually help God? That I could move things along by speeding up His pace so I could enjoy what He promised? What foolishness to try and manipulate God, yet I did it. We as humans are the ones who make a mess of our lives, not God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We’ll always settle for mediocre if we’re not willing to wait for His best.
I haven’t given God the space to be God, nor thought enough of Him to allow Him to be God.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
I’ve been rushing to get my foot back on the gas and push through the delay. What I did not realize was that if He’s caused me to stop and wait, then it must be for my own good. This red traffic light is actually His way of protecting me and preparing me for what lies ahead.
Waiting on God is choosing to be intentionally patient with Him. It’s giving Him space to be God and to perform wonderful acts in our lives. And it is tremendously wise to do so.
King David waited years before He became the King of Israel, even after God had faithfully spoken this promise to Him.
Sarah waited decades before she received the son God promised to her (which then became the blessed nation of Israel).
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14
God always delivered. He always provided at the exact time that was best for the individual. If God has made a promise to you, remain firm in what He’s told you. He is faithful, beloved.
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18
In His goodness, He will not only prepare the circumstances (so they will be the absolute best), but He will prepare your heart to fully receive (and appreciate) what He has promised to you. He’s just that good.
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14
Thank you for choosing His Daily Dose today! To God be the glory!
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