Ecclesiastes says it best: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (3:1).
The longer I live the more I come to realize this is so true. I have also come to a better realization of the season called waiting. You see, I am not a very patient person. I do not like waiting. God, on the other hand is very patient… very patient.
Countless examples of God’s patience abound in the Bible. I came across one such example when reading Genesis last week. God promised Abraham a son (and more). “The Lord took Abram outside and said to him, ‘Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!'” (Gen 15:5) I have read this verse many times, but the application to my life never came until last week.
That is when it really sank in on how long this blessing took to develop. Then I started thinking about other promises God gave to His people.
- God gave Joseph a vision of leadership over his family and has people years before it came to fruition.
- God anointed David years before he actually became king.
- Paul waited years between the time of his conversion to when he started his ministry.
These are but a few of the many examples of God’s patience found in the Bible. The funny thing is that when God tells me something, I expect it to be here tomorrow, next week, or maybe next month (at the latest). I try putting God’s plans for me on my own timetable, not His. And this is why these reminders are so important for me. I begin to derail the instant-gratification mentality of our society built up in my head.
So, here is to a little patient waiting. God’s promises are coming… just according to His timing, not ours.