The Miracle Of Waiting
Waiting on God is probable the least glamorous thing about a life of faith. Nobody wants the duration time between the Word and it’s manifestation. No one wants to learn to endure or about delayed gratification, we want instantaneous results, but patience is probably the birthplace of the greatest miracles.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.”
Luke 12:37 NKJV
God wants to see you stand in spite of it all. To know that no matter what comes your way, no matter how long it takes you will be faithful to Him. Imagine the man waiting on a blessing that gives up at the final hour, if his master comes back and sees that he has gone, does it count for him that he waited 11 hours if when the master came he was no longer there? Sometimes we get frustrated at God, that, “yes, I stopped trying, but i’d been waiting since, if you came sooner you’d have found me waiting, I only gave up because it became nonsensical to stay.” Meanwhile it was when it got nonsensical that God wanted to see to stay through.
Luke 12 says that the master will sit down the servant and serve him. It is one thing to aspire for a seat at the table, but with steadfastness, the servant doesn’t just get a seat at the table, he gets service from the king. The place of patience builds character, it builds a vessel that because they do not move in haste has the perception to see and weigh things up, to not act out of the flesh and misuse your blessing, but to steward your gift. The place of patience says I value the giver over the gift.
We have to learn that ultimately we are in this for God and not the blessings, blessings are simply AN evidence of the capability of God.
Time and time again we see that there are deeper rewards entrusted on the patient, beyond the initial promise. If God promised Abraham a son while he was in his twenties and Abraham had Isaac immediately, I think it’s safe to say that we’d undervalue the gift of God. Yes it would be great that he had a son, it it’ll seem pretty mundane and normal. By putting Abraham in a pressure pot of discomfort God enables Abraham to value the blessing more, God tests Abraham but because of Abraham’s steadfastness, he doesn’t just gain a son, but he earns a relationship with God, a FRIENDSHIP that means when God is considering taking an action against the Sodomites, He values and trusts Abraham enough to seek his opinion.
If God had made Joseph prime minister of Egypt immediately after he had the dream, would Joseph have had the wisdom or maturity to not lash out at his brothers, to not wear the position with pride? God used unimaginable hardship to build Joseph for the calling He had given him. Joseph’s experiences made him quick to forgive, God had taught him to be strategic and have foresight, God taught him compassion and favour. God changed Joseph’s perspective from one who saw people bowing before him to a man who saw people he needed to cover and provide for.
God wants your patience, because it is signs of a vessel He can truly use. The miracle in patience, is not merely the gift, but the opportunity to have true Kingdom impact.