14 Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

How many of you have had big dreams or visions given by God, but still haven't seen them come to pass yet? How many of you are still waiting to see what big plans God has for your life? After all, we all know that verse from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have

for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As you wait on God's involvement in your situation... when you read Psalm 27:14 by itself (out of context), you can sort of empathize with David, and can almost feel his emotions as he wrote this verse. You have to ask yourself, “Did he write this to encourage himself as he waited on God?”

Then when you go back and read the entire chapter you find out that either he is recalling a period or was currently in a period in his life when his enemies are surrounding him, closing in on him, wanting to kill him. At some point he seems to be desperate for God to answer his call, doubting that God would even hear him. He even appears to lose hope and feels alone.

Getting the bigger picture makes you really appreciate why David wrote what he did. You can almost feel sorry for him, and become grateful that your situation may not be as grave as his. Then again, maybe you are going through something right now that makes you identify closely with David.

I often wonder why God makes people wait so long for certain things; visions, dreams, healing, finances, etc. I'm sure you know what I mean! Like David, I've had my doubts too. Doesn't God know that my life on earth has a start date and an end date? I'm sorry friends, but 2 Peter 3:8 really isn't encouraging to me when I'm waiting on God (“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”). I simply don't have a thousand years to wait on God.

What is it about waiting?! Put yourself in Noah's shoes for a second. Can you image his predicament? God tells you that a flood is coming and to get ready. It takes you roughly 100 years of your life to build this monumental boat just for this one event that you don't even know will happen (Gen 5:32, Gen 7: 6).

How about being told that you will have a son, like Abraham, and nothing happens for 25 years and you are pushing 100 years old?

Let's look at the story of Joseph. Joseph has a dream that he will rule over people. So just imagine: God gives you a dream at age 17 that you will do something great, and then your family abandons you and sells you into slavery because they are jealous. Then as a slave you get accused of a crime you didn't commit and go to jail for it. While in jail you help some people out and expect help in return, but they forget about you. You sit in jail for 2 years. Then finally, after 13 years at the age of 30, you finally start walking out that dream that God gave you. I don't know about you, but somewhere along this journey I might have some serious doubts about that dream or vision that God gave me.

How about the story of Moses and the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years? Can you imagine being Joshua? You actually scope out the land you are about to inhabit (The Promised Land) only one year after Mt. Sinai. You're excited and tell Moses that you can conquer the inhabitants and take the land, but the majority of the people are afraid and disagree, and for that very reason you are forced to wander the desert for 40 years-- all because someone else didn't want to take the risk to enter the Promised Land. It's not your fault, but you have to wander too!

Consider the longest wait of all; the coming of the Saviour of the world promised during the time of Adam and Eve. Isaiah knew that He was coming, but he wouldn't live to see Him. This is a long, long wait for the world to see its salvation. And even now, we are waiting for His return.

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Even Jesus made people wait. Remember the story of Lazarus? Jesus purposefully waited until he was dead. Can you imagine being Martha or Mary, waiting for Jesus to come and heal your brother? Or worse: you are Lazarus, knowing full well that Jesus was on his way. Now that's a really tough wait; you're sick and dying and waiting on God.

When you think about it from a human perspective, it just seems that waiting on God is painfully long. Why does it seem this way? It's because we are finite creatures with an innate understanding of our own mortality and our own limitations. God has all of eternity to answer our one second prayer in less than a fraction of a second.

In the story of Lazarus, it appeared that God showed up too late. The assumption was; he was to be made well, not die. From his perspective it was over, it was too late. And by human standards and timeline it was too late, time did run out. But because he was in the capable hands of Christ, it doesn't mean it was over. Nothing is too late for God.

God knows exactly what He is doing as we painfully wait to walk out that dream or vision that He gave us many years beforehand. Meanwhile, something inside us is changing, exactly like He intended. If you are waiting on God for healing, finances, a loved one to come to Christ, a child to come back home, or whatever you are waiting on, God is never late when you put your life into His hands.

We may never see some things come to pass in our lifetime, but that doesn't mean God doesn't care. It just means we don't understand His ways. In the meantime, while you wait on God, take time to appreciate what is before you today. Jesus said, “Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-29)

Take time to celebrate life and share it with the ones you love. Let's take the words of Jesus and begin to enjoy our life today, rather than miss out on it, all because we were waiting for tomorrow's dreams. We do not know what the future holds for us so let us live today engulfed in His love. Let's take the time to slow down and smell the roses. Let's give our family those much needed kisses and hugs.

Life is fragile and our time here is short in comparison to God's time. Let's not regret saying the things we shouldn't have said to love ones, and let's not regret missing the opportunities to say the things we should have.

Waiting on God is just a given. That dream He gave you will come to pass in His time. But while we live on our timeline, we can do as David did: “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord” (Psalm 27:6).

Paul and Silas did likewise while they were in prison; they choose to sing praises to God. They had nothing else to do as they waited on God, so why not praise him. And suddenly, God did His thing! “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly…” Act 16:26.

Your “suddenly…” is closer than you think.

FNN will not be publishing new articles in July, while you are on vacation. Instead, this section will be accepting your email suggestions, testimonies, and questions. Do you have a scripture that you find challenging? Ask me about it. Do you have a testimony about how Faith News has helped you? Tell us about it. For the months of June and July, we need your input or response because it helps us to grow and shape our future. Tell us what is on your mind.

God bless. See you in August.

Joshua

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