I’ll be honest and say that, in my humble opinion,
nothing seems more counterproductive than waiting on God.
We can only do it if we learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
How exactly does one sit still in their house as it burns down?
How does one not kick and flail about as they drown?
How do you hold steady as the boat rocks, intent on throwing you off?
How do you sit still as the walls cave in on you?
© LovingLair (Oct.05.2021)
When God says ‘wait’, know you’re in for a fight. God’s wait always means good things are up ahead. Remember what we Christians call the ‘hall of faith’. For these great patriarchs; the Bible documents that Noah waited 120 years for rain as he built the ark. Abraham waited 25 years for the son of the promise, Isaac. From when he had his dream to when he was released from prison for a crime he didn’t even commit, Joseph waited 13 years to inherit the promise of that dream. David, anointed king by the prophet Samuel at 15 years, had to wait 15 years to rule over Judah, and an additional 7 years for the rest of Israel to accept him as king after King Saul died, a total of 22 years.
When you have an urgency behind what you do, you need no grace to carry it out. More likely than not, you are stepping either out of God’s will for you or out of God’s timing for you. God works patiently and deliberately, not speedily and haphazardly. If you find yourself running to marry someone, or running to divorce someone, check yourself, you might find you are not in step with God. Just like you cannot put the chariot in front of the horse, just like the tail can’t wag the dog, God will not keep up with you if you run ahead. He is a God of countless second chances if you should fall behind. The moral of the story; it is best to keep in step, better to let him go before you, and no good at all to run ahead of him. The creator of the universe will not run to catch up with you brother. He knows ways to slow you down, feed you humble pie, and teach you to wait on him.
We complicate our lives when we try to outrun God. In a psalm of surrender, King David sings to the Lord: “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You understand my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down; You are aware of all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, O LORD. You hem me in behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea, even there Your hand will guide me; Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light become night around me”— even the darkness is not dark to You, but the night shines like the day, for darkness is as light to You”, Psalm 139:1-12.
There is nowhere we can go to hide from God. He will find us even in the dingiest corners of a darkened life we have crafted for ourselves. He will find us as we consider eating the pigs’ slough because of the hunger pangs, as he did the prodigal son. He will find us as we flee to the backside of the desert, as he did Moses. He will find us on the way to crucify Christians, as he did Saul on the road to Damascus. He will find us as we engage in the mundane duties of life, as he did Gideon. He will find us as we tend to our father’s sheep, as he did David. He will find us as we lay down to sleep in his temple, as he did the Prophet Samuel. He will find us as we climb the tree for a better view, as he did Zacharias. He will find us as we go to fetch water at a deserted hour, as he did the Samaritan woman. That we run or stay, God will find us. Life is simply much easier when we stop running. Life is much easier when we wait for him.
Wait with the Lord when he says to wait, for those who put their trust in him will never be ashamed – Romans 10:11. Much as in our eyes God seems to delay, we must remember that he operates beyond the scope of time as we understand time to mean. 2 Peter 3:8 tells us “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” What stresses us today, whatever is making you feel like the kitchen is on fire and you have to get out, don’t. Instead, turn to God and wait on him.
God knows that our fears, whether real or imagined, will not last nearly as long as it appears they might. Everything eventually passes. All anger eventually subsides. All fears are eventually quelled. All hurt eventually heals. All valleys eventually lead to mountains and vice versa. Hang on to God and ebb & flow through life with him. Weeping may endure for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning – Psalm 30:5. He knows that when you go through the flames, the fire will not burn you. That when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep you away. Isaiah 43:2-4. ‘Why’ you ask? The primary reason he gives is simply that he is God. Then he adds: “Because you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you and nations in place of your life.”
God knows that whatever it is that is scaring you will not be anywhere in sight tomorrow. Remember his assurance to the Israelites through Moses? “And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14. Do you want to know the context of that assurance? When they were faced by crossing the unyielding Red Sea with the Egyptian army in hot pursuit behind them. They were hemmed in, caught between a rock and hard place as we say it. “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me”, Psalm 139:5. Quite the time for a pep-talk if you ask me. He often seems late, but he is never later, our God. Trust in his timing, for “surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear”, Isaiah 59:1. Trust in God’s timing, he will undoubtedly deliver you.