It is 8 years from now.
The promise that God promised to our family didn’t happen yet.
We are waiting, with patience putting all our trust in him.
Now it seemed like our faith is shaking a little bit.
Is this thing really going to happen? We started to doubt.
One of the biggest challenges we face as Christians is waiting for God’s timing. During the waiting season, it is as if the clock is ticking much slower than usual.
You might have witnessed this if you have waited for God for years for something he promised to happen. It is a faith-shaking season.
But, waiting for him is indeed worth it.
Who is the God we Trust?
During those long years of waiting, we have learned that; unlike us, the length of time doesn’t make God forget his promises or change his mind. Whether we trust or doubt him, he keeps being faithful all the time.
Though, if we trust him, we will be the ones who get benefited. Our soul will be refreshed.
The Bible says In Psalm 19:7
The law of the Lord is perfect,
Refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
Making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
Giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
Giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
This is the God we trust.
This is the God we are waiting for.
He is faithful. His laws are perfect. His statutes are trustworthy. His precepts are right. His commands are radiant. His decrees are firm.
No need to worry that he keeps his promises. Yes, he will. His Plan is always on time.
God’s People in The Bible Waited Decades Till They See Their Promises Happen
As we read the Bible, we will learn that God’s people waited decades for their promise to come true. God was always faithful to them. He didn’t leave any promise to go unfulfilled.
There was 15 years of waiting for David from the time God told him he will be the next king of Israel in his early teens. He waited for God, being hunted by Saul like a criminal, wandering in the desert and in caves. He was crying out to God;
How long will you forget me, O LORD? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me?Psalm 13:1
There was 25 years of waiting for Abraham from the time God told him that he will give him a child till he received Isaac.
There is 20 years of waiting for Jacob after God met him in Bethel (Genesis 28:15) till he returns to that place after receiving the promises God promised to him. Genesis 35:6-7
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”Genesis 28:15
Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.Genesis 35:6-7
Joseph waited for God for 13 challenging years. He saw a dream when he was 17 and that dream was accomplished when he was 30 after a long and hard waiting season that took him 13 hard years as a slave and a prisoner.
Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years to reach the land God has promised to them.
We’ve been longing for Jesus to come back. It’s already been 2023 years, and He still hasn’t come. He will come soon and we will rest forever.
God is Right When He Keeps Us Waiting – It is Worth It
When God makes us wait for his promises for a long, he has his own reasons. Reasons that come out of love and concern; to make us a better person who can handle the things/blessings he will pour into our life.
God is right. Only we made mistake after mistake.
From the 13 years of waiting Joseph was equipped with the leadership skills he need to save a nation from being destroyed by famine. Those long and hard years shaped his personality as a leader. You can imagine the crisis if God make him next to Pharaoh soon after he shows him the dream.
David’s tested and proven personality as a great King of Israel was built during those 15 years of waiting and the challenges he passed being hunted by Saul.
God works most in our lives while we’re waiting for him. He gets all our attention as things aren’t happening and nothing is making us busy
We find ourselves in prayer, seeking his guidance and his face. This process shapes our personalities for good and equips us for the responsibilities he will hand over to us.
There is a time for everything and every matter under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3:1
Time is God’s creation. He is not limited by it. There is no deadline for him.
Instead, he accomplishes his will through the time he himself created.
God is God, not a human. He may not answer your prayers in the time frame you have set. He is the one who is leading not you. Sometimes, you may find yourself drugging God to work and accomplish his promises in your timeframe. That won’t happen and even if it does, it won’t bear good fruit.
God’s timing is always perfect. Even if waiting for him is challenging, faith-testing, and shaking, it is worth it.
Good things take time. Wait for him as long as it takes.