Have you ever felt like you had to do something yet you can’t seem to get into doing it. It sounds like procrastination but you are not really procrastinating. You are just waiting instead, waiting for things to align, waiting for perfect timing maybe or just waiting for everything else to make some sense.
Whatever the case, be it procrastination or just waiting for perfect timing, the waiting process itself can be intimidating at times. Makes the task daunting especially if you are not really the patient type and you just want to get it over with. This is the point a lot of people make mistakes and miss out on everything.
Some examples abound in the scriptures. In 1 Samuel 13, Jonathan, the king’s son went and fought with the Philistines in Geba killing a host of them. The Philistines got very angry and prepared for a retaliation. Thousands of horse men and chariots with a multitude of foot men too numerous to count. In fear, the children of Israel gathered to the king, King Saul in Gilgal, trembling and distressed, hiding in caves, pits and bushes. Some fled to Gad, a neighboring city. The prophet Samuel sent to the king that he should wait until he comes so he could offer sacrifices to God and seek God’s assistance in the fight with the Philistines. A date was appointed for him to come to Gilgal and King Saul waited for Samuel but when the date of his coming had reached and Prophet Samuel had still not arrived Gilgal, King Saul decided to go ahead and offer the peace-offering and the burnt offering, something only the priest could do. This he did because Samuel had refused to show up as appointed and the people who were with him were beginning to despair and lose hope and depart from him and he was afraid the philistines would come upon them at any time.
Now get this, immediately he made an end of the peace and burnt offerings, Samuel arrived Gilgal! Talk about timing. This however, marked the beginning of Saul’s descent from the throne. 1 Samuel 13:13, “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue”. Samuel informed him that his kingdom would have been established if he had obeyed and waited.
Another example is David. After the death of Saul and Jonathan and the kingdom was officially handed over to him, the Philistines heard of this and came to fight with David but David inquired of the Lord if he should go and fight with the Philistines and if God would deliver the Philistines into his hands and God said he should go that He would deliver the Philistines into his hands. So David went to war with the Philistines and God delivered the Philistines into his hands. But the Philistines did gather again against David but this time, when David inquired of God, here is what God said to him in 1 Chronicles 14. “Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.”
David was asked to wait until he heard a “sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees”. In the face of the Philistines, smack in the middle of a battle, David was asked to just wait and only God knows how long he waited for the sound in the mulberry trees but he did wait and the battle that day was another victory for him.
Sometimes, waiting patiently can be a sign of faith in God. Isaiah 28:16b, “he that believeth shall not make haste” and ESV says “whoever believes shall not be in haste”. Look at the case of Abraham and Sarah, from when God called him at 75 years old to leave his father’s house that He would make him a great nation to when he had Isaac was complete twenty-five (25) years. Isaiah 26:3, “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”. Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
As you go through the new week, I pray that the peace of God will keep your hearts (feelings) and also your minds (intellect) through Christ Jesus. Both your heart and your head shall have peace as you patiently wait on Him in Jesus name. Amen.
Have a blissful week! Ciao!