Waiting on God

I don’t like waiting . . . at stoplights, check-out lines, doctors’ offices, or about anywhere.

You’re probably the same way.

In fact, the “Buy Now, Pay Later” advertising slogan takes advantage of this human tendency. We can get what we want today, without having to wait until we have enough money.

God doesn’t cater to this weakness of ours, though.

We want Him to fix our problems right now, but He usually takes His time.

Maybe you want Him to get you a job, fix your relationship, or find you a spouse, and you’d just as soon He wrap it up by this time next month (or maybe sooner).

And God says “wait.”

This was a big part of Abraham’s spiritual development. God told him he was going to give him a big extended family, one that would bless the world.

That promise came in Genesis 12 when Abraham was 75.

Months passed, then years, and no baby.

In Genesis 15 Abraham hints to God that he might as well go ahead and fix this problem on his own by letting one of his servants be his heir.

God says “no,” and the waiting begins again.

When Abraham is 85, he and Sarah decide to help God out, and Abraham conceives a child through Sarah’s servant Hagar (a culturally acceptable practice).

God says “no.” That’s not His plan.

More years pass. A decade, 15, now Abraham is 100.

And God finally decides the time has come. Isaac—the child Abraham and Sarah had been waiting on for 25 years, was born.

Is there something you’ve been waiting on God to do for months, maybe years, even decades?

A job situation, maybe a family issue? A health concern?

God doesn’t always act on our time schedule, often so that we’ll learn to trust Him. And it’s possible that whatever we’re waiting on isn’t what’s best for us, and God knows that.

Regardless, as God’s child, remember that He wants what’s best for you more than you do, and He’ll act when it’s time. The One who sees the end from the beginning has your well-being in His heart.

In your devotional time today, reflect on these verses from Isaiah:

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:27-31).

In Christ,