Waiting on God and His promises has always been hard for me. I would call waiting on God the dreaded part of His promise. For me, if I want something, I wanted it yesterday, not tomorrow, and certainly not later than that.
When I sat down to write this blog post, I asked God to help me. My words were, “Lord, I am tired. I don’t’ have this in me. Could You help me?” I went to a different screen on my computer and Galatians 6:9 was the first thing I saw after praying my somewhat pitiful prayer.
And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not loose heart.
I smiled when I read it because this verse has so much personal meaning to me. God has continually kept this verse before me reminding me that the things I do in ministry, for my family, and for others are not in vain. I may get tired but there is a reward coming. Our God is a God of promises. He is a God of “Yes and Amen.”
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and Amen,
to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20
Waiting On God And His Good Purpose
God promised good rewards to His people who wait. Sometimes the waiting feels like torture or at the very least some form of punishment. I wonder if that is how God’s people felt in Exodus 23:20-33. God gives them a conditional promise in Exodus 23:22.
“But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak,
then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversary.”
In Exodus 23:23 God promised His people he would drive out their enemies before them. In verse 29, He gives them a time frame – “I will not drive them out from before you in one year . . .” Most of the time when I think about God doing something for me, I think God will do it when He gets ready. So God specifying a time frame caught my attention.
I was even more captivated when I saw that God gave them the reason He would hold out on fulfilling His promise. In verse 29 God says His reason for not moving the enemy out in an instant was,
“. . . lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field
become too numerous for you.”
I love it! God was in control. He had a good purpose in waiting to fulfill His promises to His people. Waiting on God to fulfill His promise to them afforded them protection that they needed in that particular season of life.
We often think God is not working when we can’t see Him fulfilling His promises to us, but this story reminds us that His good purpose and plan for us guides the fulfillment of His promises to us. Therefore, we can be confident that He is working.
Biblical Stories Of People Waiting On God To Fulfill His Promises:
- The promised son, Isaac was born 25 years after God’s original promise. Abraham was 100 years old when God fulfilled that promised. (Genesis 12:1-4; 22:2).
- Joseph had a dream that God gave him. Joseph’s dream was God’s promise to him. It took years for his dream to be fulfilled. (Genesis 37-48).
- God gave Caleb a promise and forty-five years later, his dream of entering and taking the Promised Land came to pass (Joshua 14:10).
- Don’t forget David, who said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)
The posture and position of waiting is part of God’s promise to us.
But His Faithfulness Is Also Part of God’s Promise To Us.
My four year old granddaughter wants a Baby Alive baby doll. I told her that I will buy it for her, but she has to wait until Christmas. She told me she didn’t want to wait, that she wanted it right now. I told her that I was sorry, but if she could not wait, she would not be able to get it. Of course, after a few minutes of realizing that her only option was to wait, she told me she didn’t mind waiting for the promised baby doll.
I can assure you that I am going to fulfill my word to her. I love her and want her to have what she wants, but I also know that if I give her everything she wants the minute she wants it, I am setting her up for trouble. The lesson of waiting is worth teaching her at four years old because I love her and want the best for her.
Maybe God waits for our protection. Sometimes He waits to prepare us for the task ahead; other times, He works in us to build our trust or reveal His perfect will in and through our life of faith. No matter His ultimate goal in our waiting on God, we can trust in His goodness and faithfulness. And as I wrote in a past blog post, maybe God is teaching us to elevate God’s Promises Over God’s Power.
What are you waiting for?
Has God spoken a promise to you yet you see nothing? If so keep on keeping on. Don’t give up. God is faithful.
Thank you that you are well able to bring my dreams to pass and fulfill Your promises in my life. Just as You did for Joseph, Caleb, and David, You will do for me. “ Help me to have the kind of faith that will not give up on the promises You have given me. Help me see that you have a purpose in the waiting. Lord I need endurance so that after I have done your will I may receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36) In Jesus name, Amen.
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.