Dear Friend, He is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slow to be.
They that wait upon The Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall walk and not faint, they shall run and not be weary.
God is not a man, that He should lie.
If you are like me, you heard these words often as a young person. If you are not like me, you may have only recently heard them, or read them, or have seen them here for the first time.
Yes, they are from the Bible. But, do they have meaning for you? Do they have meaning for me?
It gets frustrating, when you know what God has promised, and you don't see it come to pass right away, or even the way you expect it to. You start to doubt what you read, and you start to fear that maybe it was all in your head, that thing you so audibly heard the Holy Spirit say to you.
Nothing is harder than to live by faith. To really live by faith means to lay aside all doubt, all fear, and all the things you see in the physical, and believe that God is in control, and that He has a destiny and purpose for each of us far beyond our wildest imaginations. It also means making a living sacrifice of ourselves and our plans, goals, and dreams. How hard is it for us to let go of being in control?
Soon, He says. Look in the Bible, what does soon mean? To God a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. Some times, the prophets spoke of things that would not happen for hundreds of years, i.e. Isaiah speaking of Jesus' birth. Other times, Jesus said "be healed", or "come forth" and it was immediate!
But, we live in a modern world, where nearly everything is instant. Even when we "wait" on the Lord, we usually can't wait long enough, because we are so caffeinated, so high speed, so wired, that anything that takes longer than 3 minutes is JUST TOO STINKING LONG!!
What if He needs us to wait 11 years? What if He is waiting until just that perfect moment, the moment that HE KNOWS is perfect, not the moment we think is perfect for our busy schedules? Does it mean He is not going to keep His promises? Does it mean He doesn't care?
No, it means that He loves us so much, that He wants everything to be perfectly timed, perfectly planned, perfectly aligned, so that there can be no doubt in our minds that HE is Lord, that HE is in control, and that HE knows what we need.
Imagine, planning a wedding. The Bride and Groom want everything perfect because they love each other so much that this day will live in their minds for years and decades. Some people elope, when the pressure and stuff gets too much (when they aren't relying on God to relieve stress), but for the most part, not many get married as soon as the question is popped. There is planning, primping, and spending lots of time and money to make a day that will last a lifetime.
How much more does God love us?!? He has proven that in the most fantastic way, by sending His Son to die. So, if He loves us that much, then don't you think He wants to not only give us what we ask, which is His will, but give it at just the right time and place, with just the right witnesses and just the right atmosphere, where nothing can take away from the memory of the event/ blessing/ breakthrough?