… he that believeth shall not make haste – Isaiah 28:16
Personally, I don’t like waiting but when it comes to God, I have all eternity. Our theme verse should be enough to let anyone know how to learn to wait for God if they truly believe because Jesus said, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23); He is never late. He never lied, so it’s imperative for us to take Him at His word. He said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18).
It’s important to know, however, what is it to wait? To wait for God doesn’t mean sitting somewhere ‘waiting’ for the smoke of God’s presence descending from heaven. Isaiah 40:31 gives us the picture of how to wait for God: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and NOT FAINT”. In other words, be strong, don’t give in and don’t give up; maintain the faith. Keep declaring who you are in Christ, what He has done for you. Keep seeing the picture of what it is that you expect from Him, refuse to consider your present, obvious situation because they are subject to change: “16 For which cause WE FAINT NOT; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Let me show you few stories from the Bible about people who waited for God ‘till the end and those who were panicked when things didn’t turn out the way they expected.
Both Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus but Peter didn’t take his own life and subsequently was forgiven, but Judas, after realizing his mistake, took his own life and was damned. He too would have been forgiven had he not committed suicide; proof of this is what Jesus asked the Father concerning those who tortured and killed Him: “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34). I believe that some of them became Christians after His Resurrection: “And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)
How did King Saul lose his kingship? It was when he couldn’t wait for Prophet Samuel to arrive to offer the burnt offering before they could go to war (1 Samuel 13:11-14). He panicked when the enemy (Philistines) threatened to attack them, the entire army of Israel was scattered; so he decided to proceed and offer the burnt offering which wasn’t in his power to do. That’s all the enemy has, threat. So don’t panic, he can do squat!
Notice, Samuel came “7 days” after the appointed time he told Saul he would come – he was “one week late”; but interestingly, he arrived just when Saul finished offering the burnt offering, “8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him” (1 Samuel 13:8-10). He could have waited few more hours, I mean he has waited for one week already and nothing happened. It pays to wait! This is a lesson for us today; though things didn’t change the way we wanted it doesn’t mean God didn’t hear or is too late.
You can go and read the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; how and when did God save them? (Daniel 3); or the story of Daniel (Daniel 6); or the story of Lazarus (John 11:1-46) etc…In all these stories God only intervened when all hope was lost to show He is never late! So I urge you today to trust Him completely without giving any room for doubt in your heart, “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18) and “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Wait and keep your expectation afire!
For more, please read and study: Romans 4:17-21; Mark 9:23; Proverbs 24:14
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Dear Father, I lay before you all my dreams, desires and ambitions in life, knowing that I can trust you to make everything you want me to be. I’ve recognized that you’re more zealous for my success than I could ever be, therefore I refuse to give up on the dreams you’ve laid in my heart. I trust that through your help and the guidance of your Spirit, I’ll fulfil my destiny and achieve your purpose and plans for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.