'Wait upon the Lord'

Wednesday Reflection

22nd July 2020

'but I want things done in my own time'

I don't know about you but I want things done in my own time
and find it hard to accept that it isn't always possible.
But when we realise that God loves us and that we are important to him,
and that God's timing is always better than ours,
we can know that he requires patience.

He always answers prayers.
A mother went upstairs to say "Goodnight" to her young daughter but,
realising her daughter was praying waited outside the door.
She heard her daughter say, 'God I know you answer every prayer
but why is it that when I pray the answer always comes back 'No'?'

He may say 'No' but there is an equal chance that it might be 'Yes'.
More often it's, 'Yes, but not yet, wait a while, now is not the right time.'
Then he is actually telling us,
'Yes, but I love you too much to give you your prayer prematurely.'

Sometimes I think that God delays answering our prayers
simply because he wants us to learn, for our own good,
to depend on him.
Usually when we read in Scripture
about the great victories of the saints, or Christ himself,
the event is the result of a long period of waiting and preparation.

God's timing is infinite;
the Hebrews were in slavery in Egypt for over 400 years .
The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years.

(Since both the 400 and 430 year periods end at the Exodus,
it is apparent their starting points are 30 years apart.
Unfortunately, even armed with this knowledge,
determining the events which initiate
the 400 and 430 year periods is still difficult.)

At the end of 430 years, on that very day,
all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:40-41)
and it took them 40 years to get from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land,
and God took 1500 years to prepare them for the coming of Christ.
The Church has been going for 2,000 years -
and we still haven't figured it out.

We have to learn to wait upon the Lord
and we can turn to the scriptures for guidance.
The Psalms are full of this advice:

Wait for the Lord; be strong,
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord.   Psalm 27:14

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;   Psalm 37:7

And this theme is taken up in the epistles:

But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.   Romans 8:25

You too be patient; strengthen your hearts,
for the coming of the Lord is near.   James 5:8

If we have faith in God we can trust his timing to be correct.
Impatience in an attitude of children
and God seems to be waiting for some sign of maturity
to be reached over a period of time before Christ comes again.

So the word for the day is; be patient.
All good things will come to us,
when the time is right;
in God's perfect time.