to wait, look for, hope, expect
(Qal) waiting (participle)
to wait or look eagerly for
to lie in wait for
to wait for, linger for
to collect, bind together
(Niphal) to be collected
“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land.” (Exodus 23:29-30 NLT)
Imagine if you will, pot roast that has slowly cooked over night. You come home from church, open the door, and the beautiful aroma of beef and onions is thick inside the house. Or how about the mouth watering taste of hickory smoked pork? Or maybe even freshly baked bread after the oven or bread machine has been running all night. Now, compare that with the thought of a TV dinner just out of the nuker. I don’t know about you, but I’d take the taste of a long slow cooked meal any day.
We are definitely an instant gratification people, and I am often one of the worst ones. My brand new smart phone with it’s 64 bit processor and unlimited data at 4G LTE speed has spoiled me in the way of finding answers to my questions at lightning speeds. When I have to wait more than a whole second for an app to load I already start to get impatient.
Is it no wonder then when we want God to intervene in our situations we get frustrated when it doesn’t happen almost instantaneously?
However, we can’t let that be an excuse. Our God is infinite, we are finite. We can only comprehend time, but He works in eternity. God often wants us to grow and mature before giving us our “promised land”. He can see obstacles and options we could never even think of and as He says in Jeremiah His plan is to prosper and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.
You can trust that His timing is perfect and that He will eventually “work all things together for the good to those who love Him.”
Also keep in mind what the scriptures say. This waiting upon the Lord is not just wishful thinking, or simply the twiddling of thumbs. Isaiah says that those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. If you take the time to really seek out His will and be content waiting on His perfect plan you do actually become more empowered instead of just wasteing away, as the Proverbs say, hope deferred makes the heart sick. It also does not mean we will just sit idly by without taking any action. Look at the original Hebrew word that is used in these verses, Qavah (kaw-vaw’), part of the definition is to collect and to bind together. I think this could easily be said that Qavah is to wait for God’s timing and while waiting taking the time to combine and weave together your will and His will.
Jesus started his ministry at 30, Moses at 80, and Noah at 500, so just like a fine wine or aged cheese it sometimes takes the maturing of time to get to the point where God can use you. Just sit back relax and trust that God will make a beautiful butterfly from this caterpillar. It may be tough but it could be a lot worse if God were to give you all you want when you want it.
Now, how about some pot roast with potatoes and carrots?
Thank you that your time is perfect. Thank you for always looking out for me and knowing what’s best for me and my family.
Please help me learn patience as I wait upon your most perfect will, and while I wait I pray you would make me stronger, wiser, and more capable to handle whatever life may throw my way.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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