By Michael Youssef, Ph D. May 19, 2020
The faster our world moves, the less patience we have. When we want something, we want it now. When presented with two equal choices, we make our selection based on availability. Can we get it today?
Waiting on God can seem like an eternity. We have His promises, yet we wonder if He remembers us. We pace back and forth and mutter about how God never moves quickly. We wonder what is taking Him so long, and we wonder if He will keep His Word.
Just as a loving earthly father would not hand over car keys to a child who is unprepared to drive an automobile, neither would God give us something before we are truly ready. The time we spend waiting upon Him often prepares us for the work He wants to do through us. He is preparing us to handle greater responsibilities.
Unfortunately, we struggle to realize this and often forget about the way He has operated in our lives in the past. God is not slow as much as He is patient. He is waiting for us to arrive at just the right place to receive His blessings. Our patience in waiting upon Him demonstrates our love and trust that He knows exactly what He is doing.
As our relationship with God grows deeper, we realize our maturity is not based on how many verses we have memorized or how many things we are doing for the church. Much of maturing in our relationship with God means we have come to a better understanding of His love for us and we trust Him fully, no matter how long it takes for Him to fulfill His promises.
Prayer: Lord, give me the patience I need to wait upon Your perfect timing for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had” (Romans 15:5).