And so in this way Abraham, after much patience, obtained the promise.
Those in the Bible who were part of something monumental that YHWH accomplished were generally required to be people of much patience.
God’s gonna do what God’s gonna do. He’s gonna accomplish His will and plan, ultimately, with or without our cooperation. So why not just cooperate? And this cooperation necessitates our waiting on the Lord for His perfect timing, rather than trying to make things happen from a place of our own impatience.
I’m learning this patience in the form of not pushing so hard for anything, but rather attuning to what God is already doing, as well as listening intently for what He would have me to do to participate in His working. I don’t have to do anything to make God’s plans go forward, but I sure can be a part of them. And that, is pretty awesome. I’m not so foolish to believe that if I don’t do everything just right that God’s plan for the cosmos is gonna fall apart in an epic fail. Or that He can’t raise up the rocks in the crevices of my street, Norwaldo Avenue, to do His will and complete His plans if He so chooses. And then I would be so jealous that these road pebbles did more with their lives than I did!
I’m taking Gaby to the Pacer game tonite. We’re so excited to participate in this event together. Yet there’s no pressure on us to make the event happen. Oh if we don’t show up on time they may not play! Or what if we don’t cheer the whole time? The game may be cancelled or ended early! Foolishness! The game is going to happen at 6:00 tonite whether we show up, buy drinks, cheer, or even watch the game while we’re there. But someone gave us the tickets, so why not just go and participate in order to be a part of the festivities and enjoy the game that will no doubt be going on anyway?
Wait on the Lord. Settle down. Listen to hear what He is doing and what He has lined up for you. Don’t rush things, but listen with a patient urgency, if you will. Perhaps He is preparing you for something down the road, even decades down the road like many in the Bible. In the meantime, stay faithful in those here and now little things right in front of you. Love God, love your family, love yourself, love everyone in your path. We don’t ever stop doing these things. And we never stop doing them with patience, trusting that our good God is up to way more than we can comprehend.
This passage grants me much peace today. God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19), and He will fulfill all of His promises, even if I fail. We have this hope like an anchor, secure, solid, and penetrating into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone in ahead of us and on our behalf, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (v.19).
Listen to God and participate accordingly?
Try to make everything happen.
The choice is yours.
The choice is easy.
If you ask me.
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria