Waiting on GodTGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, August 10 2012
the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the
Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!" Isaiah 30:18
Have you ever noticed that God is not in a hurry? It took 40 years for Moses
to receive his commission to lead the people out of Egypt. It took 17 years of
preparation before Joseph was delivered from slavery and imprisonment. It took
20 years before Jacob was released from Laban's control. Abraham and Sarah were
in their old age when they finally received the son of promise, Isaac. So why
isn't God in a hurry?
God called each of these servants to accomplish a certain task in His
Kingdom, yet He was in no hurry to bring their mission into fulfillment. First,
He accomplished what He wanted in them. We are often more focused on outcome
than the process that He is accomplishing in our lives each day. When we
experience His presence daily, one day we wake up and realize that God has done
something special in and through our lives. However, the accomplishment is no
longer what excites us. Instead, what excites us is knowing Him. Through those
times, we become more acquainted with His love, grace, and power in our lives.
When this happens, we are no longer focused on the outcome because the outcome
is a result of our walk with Him. It is not the goal of our walk, but the
by-product. Hence, when Joseph came to power in Egypt, he probably couldn't have
cared less. He had come to a place of complete surrender so that he was not
anxious about tomorrow or his circumstances.
This is the lesson for us. We must wait for God's timing and embrace wherever
we are in the process. When we find contentment in that place, we begin to
experience God in ways we never thought possible.