Hurry Up and Wait

by APC on September 16, 2015

Have you ever planted a seed and watched it grow? In the summer months, do you begin your countdown to Christmas? Have you ever anxiously awaited the arrival of your child upon hearing the news that you’re expecting? None of these scenarios happen overnight—in fact they require a great deal of waiting.

We live in a culture that is all about immediate self-gratification. We see something we want, and we want it now; we want something to happen, and we want it to happen now. If we haven’t realized yet that life isn’t in our control, and if we’re so driven for things happening now, we can hurry up and wait!

Scripture reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in his heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (KJV). God does what is in His will according to His time, so we might as well wait on the Lord!

While society has ingrained in us the “I want it now” mentality for the physical, this has slowly crept into our concept of the spiritual. While our hearts and minds can be on the heavenly things (Colossians 3:2), we can want the spiritual things to manifest themselves in our life outside of God’s perfect timing.

Many people have received a word from the Lord (directly or indirectly) about their ministry, spiritual development, and/or an upcoming blessing. While this is an ever-so-exciting revelation, we must remember that God must first to take us on a journey to see the realization of that promise in our life.

Consider King David’s son, Solomon. David had a heart to build a temple for the Lord, but God told him it would be his son that would carry out this plan (I Chronicles 22:7–9). However, even after Solomon became king, he didn’t start building the temple on day one:

Then Solomon began to build the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. He began building on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign (II Chronicles 3:1–2, KJV).

Solomon didn’t start to build the temple of the Lord until the second day, of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign! How many of us could wait a little over four years to begin a ministry for God? Abraham, when he was promised a son, waited around 25 years for this to come to pass (Genesis 17:15–17).

A preacher recently shared that Israel wandered 40 years in the wilderness before they reached the promise land. We can’t let the wilderness stop us from getting from our promise to the promise land! There is going to be some time, a waiting period, before we see God work in our life. Don’t give up on God; just wait (Isaiah 40:31)!