It’s in looking back that we realize:
- God had something better in mind for us.
- We weren’t mature enough at that point to handle what we were asking Him for. We think we’re ready, but God knows when we are.
Over forty times in the Bible we’re commanded to ‘wait on the Lord’. Learning to wait is a test of maturity.
Scott Peck writes: ‘Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with… It’s the only decent way to live.’
Waiting forces us to accept that we’re not in control. It humbles us in ways we need to be humbled. Consider the trapeze artist: for a split second, which must feel like an eternity, he or she is suspended in nothingness. They can’t go back, and it’s too soon to feel the grasp of the one who’ll catch them. They must wait in absolute trust.
You may be at that same point in your life right now. You’ve let go of what God called you to let go of, but you can’t feel His hand catching you yet. Moses waited eighty years for a ministry that lasted forty years—two-thirds of his life was spent getting ready! Jesus spent thirty years preparing for a ministry that would last three-and-a-half years.
From God’s perspective, your life isn’t measured by its length, but by its effectiveness and its impact for His kingdom. So wait, and keep a good attitude while you’re doing it. God won’t disappoint you.
‘Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous…’ Psalms 27:14 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 64:1-5, 7; 66:2; Hosea 10:12
Oh that you would rend the heavens & come down, that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, and no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for Him! You meet Him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways! There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you! But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble & contrite in spirit & trembles at my word! For it is time to seek the Lord, that He may come & rain righteousness upon you!!!
Will you rouse yourself to take ahold of God! Seek Him today! Never delay!