“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (Isaiah 30:18)
Today’s Marketplace Leaders devotional hit home for me. While I’d love to see The Halal Guys hit 50 stores already; all of Operation Christmas Child’s fundraising needs met and have all 2,400 boxes assembled and ready to bless people; my mortgage paid off in a year; and a variety of results happen at the flip of a switch…God doesn’t work that way.
Moses took 40 years before God tasked him with leading the Israelites out of Egypt and start the journey into the Promised Land. Joseph was enslaved and imprisoned for 17 years before God decided he was ready for leadership. Jacob endured 20 years of waiting and hard work before he was released from Laban. Abraham and Sarah didn’t have their first child until they were well into their old age.
He does this in order to make sure we’re truly ready to do His work, His way. Prematurely doing work out of impatience or thinking we magically know more than God leads to failure or subpar results; and too much focus on the outcome doesn’t respect or give you appreciation for the process, the learning, the character building, and the dependence God for provision and preparation – and I’d choose His power over my limited, untapped, unreliable capabilities.
And the outcome shouldn’t even be a concern, anyway – if we are walking with God daily, then we have succeeded, and the rewards of that are infinitely better than the end result – which happen anyway when you’re doing and focusing on the right thing.