I Don't Mind Waiting
I’m sure everyone knows what Black Friday consist of, and some of you probably partake in its events. Back when it use to actually start on a Friday, instead of on Thursday, I would search the sales papers looking for the items I needed to get on my list. In between the cycles of eating on Thanksgiving I would plan out where I’m going to go and at what times the next day. In certain stores, there would be different sales that would begin at specific times. I remember one year there was a sale that began at midnight. Around 11 pm I arrived at the store because “I don’t mind waiting” when I know I am about to receive something I want.
For the right thing, you probably would wait too.
How many of us get excited when we find out the release date of the retro Jordans or the new Madden game? Maybe you look forward to purchasing a 60 inch TV for $350 or the new limited edition Mac eye palette. The fact is when there is something we desire to have, we begin waiting expectantly for the day to arrive to receive it. Sometimes we will even will wait in line for hours to ensure we can get our hands on it. Mothers especially can relate to being pregnant with their child. We patiently wait knowing that in nine months we will get to hold and smell the baby we have felt moving inside of our womb.
These examples prove that we don’t mind waiting when it comes to things we have some type of control over. However, when God gives you a promise, does your excitement linger until the day you receive it? If we are honest, we start off being excited about the future God has promised us. as long as it happens within our time table. Once that time period has passed, we start giving God the side eye.
“But You said God…”
Yes, He may have told you that you would move to a bigger city but He has not made the provisions yet. Your spouse is on the way, but there are some things in you that still need to be worked on. You will receive a better job but you need to learn how to work under someone who tries your patience. Your family will receive a financial breakthrough but you haven’t learn to be a good steward over what God has already given you. We don’t know the reasons God has in delaying our promises but that doesn’t mean we won’t receive them.
Our problem is that if God is “taking too long”, we want to take matters into our own hands. If you read Genesis 16-18 and 21, it is a perfect example of what happens when we try to “help” God. Abraham and Sarah were told be God that they would birth to a son in their old age. Sarah got impatient and took it upon herself to tell her husband to sleep with her servant. She would help God give her what He promised by raising an illegitimate child as her own. First of all…..where they do that at?!
Isn’t that what we do though? You get tired of waiting for God to show you your spouse. So you decide to sleep with the next person who gives you the most attention. Now you’ve wasted months or even years trying to manipulate them into marriage. Maybe you thought God was taking too long to make provisions for you to move to a new city. You figured you would speed up the process by packing up and doing it yourself. After getting there, you have the audacity to wonder why you are struggling. We have to realize that when we get ahead of God, we end up pushing ourselves behind further than we started.
So wait on the Lord.
All throughout the Bible we are encouraged to wait on God. The thing is that it takes courage to wait. When we do, the Lord promises not only to strengthen us but to bless us. So don’t grow weary in doing what is right because in due season you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours so stop trying to out think Him. There is nothing we can give ourselves that would be better than what God can provide. So for that reason alone, I don’t mind waiting on God’s best for me and you shouldn’t mind as well.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting— it will happen!” – Habakkuk 2:3 CEV