I can imagine Adam and Eve being told not to touch the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Did they wonder if it was for a determined period of time? Did they wonder if it was forever, for always? What debates were taking place in their minds or between each other, if at all? Satan had such an easy time getting them off-track, it seems. He convinced them to move without God’s permission; and in that moment, they made a grab for independence. Yet what God had wanted, what God has always wanted for mankind, is that even with the freewill he has given us, that we should still choose to wait on him to give us the greenlight, to point out the way we should take.
I remember Job who submitted himself to God’s testing. “He knows the way that I take, and when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10. He resisted the temptation to curse God and go off in search of other solutions, even when things got so bad for him as to include his physical health. Still, he elected to wait patiently for God to rescue him, and God eventually alleviated his suffering, lifted his affliction, and recompensed him twice over in Job 42:10.
Why would a God that creates us with freewill still prefer that we submit our freewill to his? Simply because he loves us, and he wants it to go well with us. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT, God speaks to his chosen people through Moses. “Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.” Such is the heart of God, that even with freewill, he still urges us to choose his will over ours. Surely we must know that he knows best! As the author of life, he must! In Deuteronomy 12:28 he instructs them to “Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.”
There are conditions to receiving God’s blessings. He is a just God, and he favors those who choose his way over theirs. When we choose his will over ours, his pathways over ours, when our eyes are fixed on no one else but him as the solution to life’s conundrum, he blesses, he heals, he restores. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. wait, I say, on the Lord” Psalm 27:14 KJV.
In this waiting, we learn patience. We learn to listen for the Lord’s voice before thoughtlessly jumping into things. We cultivate a listening ear to special prompts from our Lord, and we learn to move by faith to do his bidding. Wait on the Lord my loves, listen for his direction, his instructions. Accept even his chastisement. Fall on your knees and cry for mercy. “Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up in due time”, James 4:10. Don’t go it alone. Wait, I say, on the Lord.