You want a late night snack and a bowl of cereal will fill that empty spot in your stomach. You pour your cereal into the bowl and then find out that the milk in the refrigerator has gone sour. So you jump in the car and drive to the 24-hour grocery store down the street. You run in and grab your ½ gallon of milk and sprint back to the front of the store, only to find that just one checkout line is open and the person ahead of you has a cart full of groceries. You sigh and think to yourself, “I don’t have time for this!”
You pull up to the toll booth on the turnpike and the car ahead of you seems to be sharing life stories with the toll booth worker. You blow your horn and yell, “Come on buddy, get moving!”
The biblical notion of patience means both perseverance and accepting God’s timing. God knows what is best and when it is best and waiting upon Him and His perfect plan gives you an inner peace, even in the midst of your impatience waiting.
We all struggle with some level of impatience. It is just part of our DNA. When we make requests of God we usually want microwave results, fast and no waiting. You know, ask God for something, press the one-minute express cook button, and get instant results. But God’s Word speaks of waiting; and particularly, waiting upon the Lord. Psalm 27:14 tells us this, Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. God’s timing is most often not our timing, and we must resist trying to talk God into our timetable, but rather, align our timing to His. God’s timing is always perfect.
If you know the story of Abraham and Sarah, then you know that when Abraham was 75 years old God instructed him to leave his country and then revealed that he would be made into a great nation. Abraham waited 11 years then took matters into his own hands, and he conceived a son out of wedlock at age 86. When Abraham was 99 years old, God renewed His original promise to him about being the father of many nations. And finally, 25 years after God’s original promise, when Abraham was 100 years old, the son God planned for Abraham and Sarah, named Isaac, was born.
Despite Abraham making a few missteps along the way, and at times doubting God’s timing and promise, God kept His promise and blessed Abraham with a son from whose lineage Jesus would come. The certainty of God’s promises are made clear to us in Hebrews 6:13-15, When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater than him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
So today seek God’s way and God’s timing, and wait for the Lord. His timing is always perfect!
New Bern, North Carolina