What is it about us that we need constant reminders to wait in faith for the manifestation of God’s personal promises to us? However, what amazes me more is that He is faithful to remind me as often as needed.Â He does it without failâ€¦a Facebook post, a blog post, aÂ note card, a greeting card, a visit, a phone call, His wordâ€¦ these are the various ways I am reminded to wait.
God wants you and me to know that He is faithful to keep His promise.
Now, instead of having reminders to wait, I make it a habit to read and study the Bible to keep reminding myself, â€œDo not fret; God is faithful.â€ Â
Moreover, I am beginning to realize the real reason for needing reminders to wait is simply because I dislike waiting. Â Would you agree that one of the most difficult things for us humans is waiting?Â Whenever someone makes a promise expectations follow; aka waiting periods.Â Waiting periods may be short or long term; however, the bigger the promise and longer the wait time increases the intensity of expectation.Â A simple example: a friend promises to pick you up at a certain time but does not show up as promised, you get anxious.Â Usually, negative thoughts launch an assault on your mind. You automatically think the worst!Â You glance at our watch every ten seconds.Â And, if you wait for fifteen minutes without receiving a call or text, you panic or become frantic, or both.
Â For us Christians, itâ€™s equally difficult for us as well.Â Unfortunately, we react the same way even though weâ€™re instructed to walk by faith and by sight, and to walk in the Spirit so we wonâ€™t fulfill the lust of the flesh. NOTE: When we donâ€™t wait on God in faith and consistent prayer, we become weak and an easy target for deception.Â If we donâ€™t wait on Him in faith, we concoct our own solutions to fulfill Godâ€™s promise for Him.Â Is that foolish, or what? Our impatience is detrimental to our spiritual livelihood! Â Â We become anxious waiting on the fulfillment of Godâ€™s promise; I know.Â Twenty-five (25) years is a long time to wait to have a baby, get married, get published, have an international ministryâ€¦all these promises God has personally made to you.Â Yes, it may be a long time to wait according to our time clock. Newsflash***God is definitely not using our time clock!Â Also, I should interject right hereâ€¦we are admonished by Paul, â€œBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Godâ€¦.â€
Thereâ€™s always a process and a time of preparation before God births His promised seed within usâ€¦ nine months minimum. Right?
Well, who better to remind me that it is better to wait for the manifestation Godâ€™s promise rather than doing it my way? Â You guessed itâ€”Abraham and his wife, old, laughing Sarah (Genesis 12). Â From the time God made the promise to Abram until Isaac was born, a lot happened in the process.Â It was the waiting periodâ€” 25 years!Â Sure, God kept His promise because thatâ€™s what He does!
Can I be honest with you? No doubt you know what Iâ€™m about to confess:Â â€œI donâ€™t like waiting!â€Â Be honest! Do you like waitingâ€¦in traffic, in lines (well, some of you love Black Friday lines, Iâ€™m sure). Nevertheless, it is necessary when it comes to Godâ€™s way of processing and preparing us to maximize our faith, and fulfill His purposes.Â Sometimes, we forget itâ€™s really about Godâ€™s purposes and He chose us to be a part of His plan. Â If we can just wait and be of good courage, the Lord God will surely do what He promised.
Â More importantly, what we have to remember is weâ€™re on Godâ€™s timeline, not ours.Â There is a set timeâ€¦an appointed time thatâ€™s beyond our comprehension.Â Throughout Scripture we find phrases such as, â€œin the fullness of timeâ€, â€œand it came to passâ€, â€œat that timeâ€, â€œin that dayâ€, â€œat/in the appointed time.â€ Â
In addition, if we can learn to wait on God, we can avoid some drama in our lives as well as the consequences when we do things our way and out of Godâ€™s set time.Â What we should remember is that when we donâ€™t wait on the fulfillment of Godâ€™s promise, generations will suffer the consequences of decision not to wait on the Lord.Â â€œWait on the LORD; be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!â€ â€“Psalm 27:14 NKJV