God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

 

 

 

God’s Purpose in our Waiting

 

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm Ninety that a thousand years are as a day in God’s sight,  yesterday as a watch in the night when past; therefore, we should number our days and gain a  heart of wisdom.  So it appears if we use waiting properly, we will gain wisdom. Long ago Micah 7: 7 wrote,” Therefore, I look unto the Lord; I wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

According to this promise, if we continue praying and believing, God will hear and answer our prayers and bring us rejoicing. Again let me remind you these words of Habakkuk 3: 17: “Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food.  Though there be no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls; yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God, my Savior.”

So why do God’s children, heirs of His kingdom and joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ, fret and complain while waiting for God to accomplish His promises? why are we so impatient? If we could remember that earth is not our home, and live daily allowing our Father to use waiting to make us more like Jesus, we would be happier individuals. Once God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house, and while there God taught him a lesson. The potter put a lump of clay on the wheel, but it came out marred; so he used another lump in an effort to make a better vessel. This was in reference to the nation of Israel, but You and I might learn a lesson, also. We are marred vessels and the great Potter wants to remold our lives into more desirable vessels.

 

               Help Me Wait During Your Silence

               Father, You know me and my every need;

               So give me faith to wait until You proceed.

               I’m grieved I can’t do more to honor Thee,

               Because things need doing all around me.

               You gave me a personality of a facilitator,

               And see my problem with a procrastinator.

               But instead of being impatient and unkind,

               Better ways to express my emotion I’ll find.

               I have many weaknesses and commit sins,

               But forgive the disappointment I have been.

               Please take my old life with all its disabilities

               And use them in some worthwhile activities.

              Lord, if sins not confessed are causing delay,

              I confess, repent, and ask forgiveness today.

              Now take all remaining days of life You give.

              And I’ll try to use for You and others as I live.

 

 

Father, though life is not easy, at the end of life my prayer is that I might honestly pray as Paul did: “I have a good fight, I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day, and not to me only, but all those who love His appearing.”  2 Timothy 4: 7-8  Thank You Jesus, for making that blessing possible. Amen.