The waiting rooms of life are filled with impatient people!
We hate waiting for red lights, slow traffic, upcoming vacations, unhurried baristas, and mysteries that don’t reveal the culprit until the last page. We dislike waiting for Christmas when it’s only August and fuming as we wait to be connected to an actual person on the phone.
As hard as it is to admit, we even hate waiting on a God who at times appears to move only slightly faster than a glacier. Why can’t He hurry!
But God has no gear marked “Hurry.” His gearbox is also missing “Park”. He doesn’t operate in any time constraint and He’s continually moving. His movement always has you in mind.
Timing is very important to him although He doesn’t operate according to its dictates. And here is where the difficulty comes in to trust him when nothing apparently is happening. Faith is not just waiting … it’s waiting knowing that while you wait something is happening, always moving us toward what Scripture refers to as ‘the fullness of time.”
That’s when your answer will arrive. As the saying goes: God is seldom on time (in our estimation) but He’s never, ever late.
When God spoke through the prophet Habakkuk concerning the coming Babylonian takeover, there was little to no discernable evidence. But God told him this: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 NIV
God uses the word ‘time’ because that’s how we measure progress in our lives. We are linear while God’s lines go everywhere at once. His omnipresence makes him ‘back there,’ ‘here’ and also ‘out there’ where our requests awaits an answer.
Some things won’t make sense to us until they make sense to us! When we look back at the time spent waiting we find that God was doing some very vital things by strengthening our faith and moving unseen things around to bring about an answer that will satisfy us but more importantly honor him and bring him glory.
Had Israel left Egypt when they thought the time was right they would have left with just the clothes on their backs. But in ‘the fullness of God’s time’ they left with the wealth of the Egyptians!
This week, trust God in the delays. It never means He’s forgotten you or his promises to you!