By Steve Whyte, Aug 14 2017 09:48AM
Throughout my years of study, I have heard and taken part in many teachings on ‘The Promises of God’. They always give me a boost of energy and hope and sense of anticipation about ‘one day’. Quite the contrary, what there hasn’t been nearly enough of are teachings on ‘The Timing of God’. This can be problematic, as once we are conditioned to view God’s promises without God’s timing, we begin to expect the promises of God out of time. In this fast paced life, we have also been conditioned to expect things to happen rapidly. We live in the generation of instant everything; whether it be, instant success, wealth, results etc. We start working on a fitness-training goal, and expect our bodies to turn into a fat-burning machine instantly. When we don’t see the results immediately, we quit. We have become a people who lack patience and fail to utilise the power that inhabits the wait.
Have you ever found yourself in a season of wait? Where you cannot plow forward on your own but have to wait on God to coordinate, orchestrate and somehow make a way?
We often get overwhelmed and too attached to the end product that we limit our experience of our now to the perspective we currently hold, from the position that we currently stand. The issue with this distorted viewpoint is, we judge our reality by our own understanding. However, our understanding doesn’t determine if a thing is, as we perceive it to be.
If I asked you to build a house and gave you all of the materials that you’d need, and you must do it alone, and within 6 months, could you do it?
You may be thinking ‘no’. But that is probably a result of you seeing the magnitude of a house and shaping your answer around that perspective and understanding. However, with further information you’d be surprised how that answer would change. What if I told you that the house dimensions are 1x1 Metres? All of a sudden, everything changes. Why? The task didn’t change; it’s still a house, still the same duration, and still the same materials. What changed was your perspective. Information gave you hope but even this is a faulty perspective. The size of the house shouldn’t determine if you can build it of not. Ultimately, everyone who builds a house has to lay one brick at a time. This small example can translate into many areas of life. Instead of being overwhelmed by the size of the house, focus on laying each brick to the best of your ability.
Now: back to your understanding.
A very popular Bible verse taken from Proverbs 3 Verses 1-6 reads:
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
The above passage is essential to living a purposeful life with peace. By not leaning on our limited understanding, we are able to compartmentalize seemingly mammoth tasks into manageable actions. When we keep God’s victory and promises on our hearts, and acknowledge Him in all that we do, we can indulge in a renewed confidence that isn’t bound by questions such as; when or how? We take comfort in knowing without a doubt that He knows best and that with His elevated and unlimited view of our whole lives, He will direct our paths.
Over the years, I have realized that some of my greatest blessings are things that I wanted that I didn’t get. Some of my greatest protection came from unanswered prayers. Well, I guess the answer was ‘No, just wait as I have something far better for you’.
Each of the impossible goals I have attained in my life happened in the order and timing of a God who knows what lies ahead and prepares the way. Each challenge or experience building on the strength gained from the one before. Each brick providing support for the next, and so brick by brick I continued to stay loyal to the vision and before I knew it, my once impossible task of a house, was suddenly a village. You see, when we resist the need to be in control of the end, we see that God never fails to do what He promises, and this leaves us with a plethora of time to focus on each brick.
If you know that the main victory has already been won, why would you ever have your head down in little defeats? That is like complaining about something that you lost but that you really have. Oxymoron. When we stop looking for what we want, and align ourselves with what God wants, we are best positioned to experience our ‘Suddenly’. The art of waiting – not moving and striving and proving – and being patient on God, knowing He is already gone before me and made a way, is comforting.
Perhaps you find yourself in a season of wait. Perhaps you feel weak. I’m starting to see that in every challenge we face, every obstacle in our way, He whispers to us: wait.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
This is not how your story ends;