If you’ve ever had to wait for someone, at a busy bus stop, under aggressive sunshine, you’ll agree with me that waiting isn’t easy. When you think you’ve stood at least an hour, and a quick time check reveals you’ve been there for just about 10 minutes, there is this frustration which overwhelms any little relief of “it’s just 10 minutes, this person will soon be here”. Waiting for the manifestation of God’s promises can be just as, or even more frustrating than this scenario.
At some points in our walk of Faith, it would seem like we’re holding up our own end of the bargain without receiving the promises God has declared would be ours. It is in such seasons that some become bitter, and choose to “curse God and die”. God’s word to us on this matter is instructive.
Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (AMP)
God is asking you to be patient. In your waiting season, patiently endure. Patience goes beyond “folding your arms” and doing nothing. Patience is certainly not building up frustration in your heart as you wait.
Abraham, the patriarch, is a good example to us on Patience. Of course, he gave in to pressure at a point, and tried to hasten things up. But for a larger part of his walk, he trusted God to fulfill His promise, even though he had to wait years for it. In his waiting season, instead of becoming a frustrated and bitter old man, Abraham allowed the different experiences he had with both God and man to build his Faith. Even though time, and every other odd seemed against him, he stuck to his growing Faith.
Like Abraham, in our period of waiting, let’s continue to walk before God in perfection, let’s continue to encounter God in various ways, let’s continue to give those sacrifices. In waiting, also trust God to reveal to you, the big picture. When God’s plan in the Grand scheme of things is revealed to a heart full of faith, you come to realize that your seemingly interminable delay, is just a blip, a “10 minute” wait in God’s eternal plans.
It is safe to say that Abraham would not have attempted to sacrifice his son, if he had not built up his faith to that level, in his period of waiting. There’s something bigger after this season of waiting. If you don’t build up a structure of faith in this period of waiting, there will be nothing to lean on when stiffer tests come around.
Remember that patience is one of the vital ingredients required to live a life that is neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2Peter 1:5-8). It is well.