Sometimes I feel like I’m a toddler: God gives me promises & I expect them immediately. It’s my promise and I want it now, why must I wait? It's been such a journey to figure out that God's promises are most of the time not fulfilled instantaneously.
THE THING IS: GOD GIVES US TIMES OF WAITING, AND THERE IS A REASON FOR IT.
God is a God worth waiting on, but in our human nature we try to take control & fulfill His promises for ourselves. We expect instant gratification or else we get frustrated, we give up, we stop waiting & do it ourselves, or we just move on.
Often I do all of the above.
As an old man Abram or Abraham, in the Bible, was promised to become a father of many nations. He was promised to have decedents numbering as many as the stars, but how could this promise ever be? They were old and his wife was barren, but our God is a God of miracles and He works for our good outside of the restrictions of time and space. Instead of waiting in faith for God’s promise to be fulfilled, Abram & Sarai took matters into their own hands. They created an artificial version of the promise God intended & as a result Ishmael was born. Eventually God’s promise was fulfilled, and Isaac was born, but the beauty of this promise was tainted because they had taken matters into their own hands.
I don’t want to create God's promises artificially, I want the real thing.
How did we get to this point? How did we become so unfaithful, so impatient, so fickle? Sin.
I know, that I know, that I know God is faithful. I’ve seen so many of His promises prove to be true in my life & in others' lives. They always happen in His way, His timing, through means I would’ve never concocted myself. They are always beautiful, always significant when they come to pass. Yet here I am, time after time, getting impatient. The desire to handle it myself, to take up control & forge ahead sneaks in, and before I know it I’ve created a mess, an unfulfilling, stressful mess. This mess, is not what God desires for us.
WE CANNOT ELEVATE THE PROMISE OVER THE GOD.
the promise itself is secondary to our relationship with god. god is faithful, god is good, he never fails & he never changes, he is the alpha and omega, the beginning & end. he is father, he is savior, he is friend. it is so important that we don’t forget who god is. OUr joy is not found in the Fulfillment of promise, but in knowing god. the waiting, it is meant to be a good thing, a time for unification with our father, a time to love and be loved byhim .
The best part is this: God desires good for us infinitely more than we could ever imagine, or even desire for ourselves. He want to fulfill His promises for us, He promised them in the first place but He has the bigger picture, & He knows what we need & when we need it. He’s got us. He is not a father who gives us a rock when we ask for a piece of bread. No, when we ask for bread He prepares a feast before us. We must trust in Him and have faith not just for His promises but also for His timing.
Hurry up and wait, and in the waiting, take heart: GOD’S GOODNESS IS REAL AND IT'S TANGIBLE.
"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."