Monday Morning Preacher: Waiting

Waiting for the Lord.  It’s one of the hardest things to do.  We live in a fast-paced culture.  We want something, we can get it right away.  We want food, we can drive down the street and have it ready in a matter of minutes.  We can even have Amazon deliver something in a couple of hours, if necessary.  Needless to say, but we can have our needs met within a quick period of time.

But when it comes to God, He works on His timetable, not ours.  We want things to be dealt with right away.  We want our prayers answered immediately.  We want Him to overcome everything in a matter of minutes, or when we first pray something.  But then God comes through by telling us to wait.

God throughout the Bible has shown Himself as One who can make His people wait.

  • Abraham was 99 when he had Isaac.
  • Joseph was a slave and in prison for decades before becoming 2nd to Pharaoh and being reunited to his family.
  • Moses spent 40 years away from Egypt before God called him to lead his people out of slavery.
  • The Israelites waited 400 years to be saved from slavery, and when they left, they waited 40 years before entering the Promised Land.
  • David was anointed as God’s choice for king over Israel, but after being chased from the palace, he had to wait 20 years to be recognized as the true king.

Many people have a misconception of what it means to follow God and allowing Him to lead. Many think when God gives a promise, it comes true, right then, in the moment, or in the not too distant future.  But sometimes, God will 100% come true, but it just won’t be according to our plans, or our timeline.

So how do we act in this moment?  We don’t get frustrated and question God, we stay vigilant and keep trusting that He knows exactly what He is doing.  He is God, and we follow Him, not the other way around.  So let’s move forward knowing God will be leading the way, and what He says would happen, will come true.