Are you a patient person? Do you like what you want when you want it or are you willing to wait for God’s perfect timing? Are you willing to trust that He knows best and He’ll work things out in His way and His time because that is best for you? Most people aren’t. We live in a microwave society where everything is instant gratification. We have instant grits, drive through dining, and instant messaging. Because of the newest technology of cell phones, we can find anyone at any time to get answers to the questions we have for them, so why doesn’t God work that way?
God’s ways aren’t like ours [Isaiah 55:8]. He knows some things just take time. While we’re a microwave society, He’s more like a crockpot. He allows things to simmer so you get all the flavor out of them. You’ve heard the phrase, “Good things come to those who wait.” Think of the things in your life that took time: a life partner, a baby, a job promotion, an education. Things that require time to acquire are usually more highly valued by you and they’re almost always worth the wait.
When we fail to wait and attempt to help God (because we all know He needs our help, right?), things tend to go wrong. Abraham and Sarah learned this firsthand. After many years of trying to have a son and Sarah hadn’t gotten pregnant, let alone given birth to a son. Abraham and Sarah decided to help God. Sarah gave Abraham her maid to sleep with and conceive a child [Genesis 16:1-5]. Sarah and Abraham couldn’t wait for the Lord and His perfect timing. By taking matters into their own hands, they brought a third party into their marriage and things were never quite the same afterwards. God answered their prayers and allowed Sarah to conceive a son and they named him Isaac [Genesis 17:19]. Yet, they still had Hagar and Ishmael to deal with and care for in the middle of their marriage.
It doesn’t work out well when we try and take matters into our own hands. We can choose to trust in the Lord and wait or we can learn things the hard way. Psalm 27:14 commands us, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
What do you want to see God do in your life? Is there a prayer you’ve been praying over and over and over? Wait! He is trustworthy [Isaiah 26:4]. He has great plans for you and they are good [Jeremiah 29:11]. When we wait on Him, we will never be disappointed. He’s worth the wait!
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