By: Marie W
Most women I know want to one day be happily wed. Young old, middle-aged; we dream about this type of stuff (guilty)! So it was no surprise when my much older relative was sharing her desire for a spouse and the waiting process for him. She is pushing towards her mid 40s, and still, no husband, no kids. “You see,” she said to me, “I decided to wait on God and look what happened. Look at where it got me.” In other words, waiting on the Lord got me nowhere, but man-less, childless, helpless. I can hear a few minds reading this going ‘God please don’t make me wait until 40 to send a mate!’ This article isn’t about marriage though. It’s about the lesson to be learned.
More often than not we blame our lack thereof on the timing of God. Don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely times when God will have you wait over a long period of time for things in line with his purpose. But there are also times when God has already moved and is waiting on you.
For example, the children of Israel, when they were enroute to Canaan. On the way they became very hungry. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this desert? There is no bread and no water, and we hate this terrible food! (Numbers 25:5)” So food was provided; they just didn’t accept what was being offered. Staying enslaved in Egypt would have been far better. At least the food was good. Trusting God went wrong. Have you ever thought, maybe I should have stayed in that tumultuous relationship, at least I would have someone?
Another example is of Joshua in the bible who was famous for victoriously defeating his enemies in battle. Until, he lost that is. He then fell face down before the Lord saying: “Lord, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan!” Once again, trusting God went wrong.
In the children of Israel’s case, food was provided, but they didn’t want what was being offered. In Joshua’s case, those who were with him began to sin against God, and we know, things go upside down when that happens. In your case…, well I don’t know your case. But even though, your here and now is not what you expect, don’t be so quick to blast God for it. There could be a host of reasons why you’re not “there” yet. It could be God, it could be you, maybe your surroundings, etc. Whatever it is know that God will never steer you wrong. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).” God is for you. Continue to do your part and watch God work!