7 August 2014
The bible is filled with examples of waiting on God and trusting in His goodness.
Noah was waiting in the ark for many months without any sign of land. Noah knew God must intended to bring them to land eventually but as the days crept by and the doves returned to the ark empty without signs of dry land, the hope must have slowly turned into doubt. Doubt into desperation.
When Israel was led in the dessert for 40 years before the promised land was given to them, many grew weary of waiting and rebelled. Few finally made it to the promised land which was granted to all in the first place had they just waited it out and endured. Even Moses was denied to enter the promised land and died shortly before in punishment for his disobedience during the long wait.
Mary and Joseph waited many years in hiding from Herod before being summoned back by God to return to Israel. The apostles were all waiting for Jesus’s second coming as they proclaimed the gospel. To this day, we wait in anticipation for Jesus to return.
If there is one thing i am terrible at – it is waiting. But waiting is part of God’s plan and will sometimes. Waiting requires trust and can also be a way The Lord protects us until the right time. Waiting also builds our character and resilience. If there is something good for us planned by God – and God wants us to wait, then it is not for us to question why. He does it for our good and never to harm or taunt us. But it is easy to feel rejected or neglected – like God just forgot about you or put you on hold indefinitely. But in the end, we must believe and trust that it is worth the wait.
Lord God, forgive me for my impatience. Help me to fight the temptation to act out in my impatience. Help me to trust that You are preparing and setting into motion the good things you have in store for me. Help me to trust you are never a moment too early or a moment too late. Help me to believe you are also helping me to avoid mistakes in the process of waiting.