I want patience and I want it now. Fulton J. Sheen said, “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing”. It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
We can be rather impatient people. Even as children phrases like, “this is going to take forever”, and “I’ve been waiting an eternity” are used. We like to do what we want to do when we want to do it. The idea of waiting can sometimes be excruciatingly painful.
I can remember some major events in my life where waiting had to take place. Even here recently, my wife and I had to wait weeks for a phone call that we anticipated greatly. The event itself is really not that big of a deal, but waiting in suspense and in the unknown can be unbearable. I actually penned a song some months ago that goes like this:
I am submitted to Your will
Following hard after Your plan
Surrendering all, I am here waiting to hear Your clear call
At a crossroad in my life
I won’t move until you illuminate what’s right
So why I wait, Lord help me just to trust You
Oh, Lord show me Your will, make it so clear
Help me to know Your plan.
Here I am ready to go, willing to stay
willing to do Your will whatever it takes
But Lord, the hardest thing, is just to wait.
Sometime the Most difficult thing to do in life is just to stand still and wait on God. Yet it seems that God often tells us to wait so that He might grow our faith and strengthen our resolve to trust Him.
Saul is placed in an interesting predicament. He desires the blessings of God, and wants to collate the people together in unity. The Philistines pose a dangerous treat, and now the man of God is late. Saul knows he ought to wait, but he feels things will fall apart if he doesn’t do something soon. In an attempt to draw all the people together, Saul does the sacrifices himself.
As he is concluding the sacrifices, Samuel arrives. Had he just waited a short time, the man of God would have been there and all would have been well. Instead he pushed forward, doubting God and God’s man. For Saul’s actions, he was rejected as king of Israel.
Don’t get ahead of God. It may seem like He is late or not on time, but He is always on time. You might not fully understand everything right now, but stand still and wait on God. There have been many a people who have missed out on God’s will because they were too quick and jumped ahead of God. Others lagged behind and wouldn’t follow the Lord’s clear promptings to go.
Today make a decision that you will be fully submitted to the will of God for your life. When He says “wait”, “later”, or “be patient”, obey and stand still. Sometimes the greatest things can only happen when we quit trying to force them, and we let God have control. Patience is one of the hardest and most rewarding disciplines the Christian can learn.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Samuel 13 - 14
1 Samuel 13:14
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”