“I remain confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait on the Lord; be strong, and take heart and wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
We are living in a quick, microwave, fast food, deliveroo, shake and bake, instant mashed potatoe world where we want everything and we want it NOW!! Our generation wants instant gratification and no one wants to wait for anything anymore. To be honest, I don’t think we know how to wait.
I love to cook and bake!! Last weekend, I decided to make jollof rice and a two-layered vanilla sponge cake with cream cheese icing for dessert. The plan was to take the cake to church the next day. I followed the recipe and put the cake mixture into the two tins and put it in my pre-heated oven. Feeling very smug, I thought “I’ve got this” and I moved on to the icing. After 25 mins, I checked the oven and the cake rose nicely, it was golden brown and LOOKED good.
I got bored of waiting and I thought “it’s been long enough now” so I took it out of the oven, tested it with a knife and it appeared to be cooked. I tried to remove the cake from the tins but only half of the cake came out and the other half crumbled and fell apart. My cake was a disaster and I was soooooo disappointed!! I took it out of the oven too soon and it wasn’t cooked properly. It was a half-baked cake. If I had been patient and left it in the oven for another 10-15 mins it would’ve been okay. I should’ve waited!!!
My cake was half baked because I was impatient and I got bored of waiting for it to be cooked and the same can be said for our lives. Instead of waiting on God to prepare and develop us from the inside out we give up on the process prematurely. My cake was golden brown and looked good on the outside but it wasn’t cooked properly inside. We can look good, have a great job, be the correct age and have it all together on the outside but that doesn’t mean that we are fully developed emotionally, spiritually, financially or mentally to be able to handle what we’re praying for. This is why God’s timing is perfect because he knows when we’re fully developed and ready to handle the magnitude of what he wants to bless us with.
We get bored and tired of waiting and abort the process prematurely by trying to “make things happen” in our own effort by running ahead of God which never works. It’s a waste of time!! Look at Abram and Sarai in Genesis 16, please study for yourself, there is so much drama in this chapter. They wanted a son desperately and got bored of waiting. Sarai came up with the idea for her husband Abram to have sex with her servant so they could have children through her and that way they could pass on an inheritance. They probably thought they were sooo smart. Ishmael was born but they STILL had to wait several years for their promised child.
God spoke and told them and said: “I will establish my covenant with Issac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year,” (Genesis 17:21). Even though they were old and in the natural it was impossible for them to have children God already had an appointed time to bless them with a son and they had to wait patiently to receive it. Your appointed time will come!!
“I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly,” Isaiah 60:22.
During you’re time of waiting. Get busy!!
- Put God FIRST and seek him wholehearted, pray without ceasing, praise and worship.
- Serve God with a surrendered heart and be a blessing to someone else (See the blog I wrote Silent Frustrations).
- Prepare to receive what you are are praying for both spiritually and physically.
- Find several promises of God and speak them out loud until they are manifested in your life. There is POWER in speaking and praying God’s word.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will my word be which goes forth from my mouth, it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it,” Isaiah 55:10.
I’m not going to lie waiting on God is really hard especially if you’ve been waiting for a LONG time but dealing with the consequences of running ahead of God’s timing is harder. When we wait on God we learn perseverance, patience and to trust God for ALL our needs. It makes us stronger, wiser and more resilient and makes us realise that without God we’re nothing and it makes us cling to the Grace of God desperately.
He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). While you’re waiting HAVE FUN and enjoy your life and make your time of waiting count.
God is faithful!!!!!!! You will see the goodness of God. Wa