In a recent email exchange with a fellow writer friend I mentioned I have a problem with waiting on God’s timetable in my writing … and everything else if I was honest … even when I see evidence of God’s favor on what I’m doing.
For example: God gave me first place wins in all three of the stories I entered in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in May 2017. In August 2017 he gave me a 9th place win in the Writers Digest Annual Competition, which truly is rather huge.
In between those events several writing pieces were accepted, and a compilation book with eleven of my devotions published.
With all the accolades and publishing credits God has blessed me with throughout the years I’ve been writing for him, you’d think I’d sit back and wait for God’s timetable in the elusive book contract I press on toward.
If you think that, you’d be incorrect. What is wrong with me?
So for this post, I’m going to reorient myself. Recalibrate, and look at several people God used in the Bible to accomplish his purpose according to his timetable, not theirs. Perhaps you’re in a place in your life where you need to push pause and consider the lives of the Israelites, David, Jesus, and Paul right along with me. Hopefully we’ll each be a little more willing to wait on God’s timetable as he choses to unfold it in our lives.
Instead of taking the Israelites the short way from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan through the land of the Philistines, God took them along the southern route. Even if they hadn’t rebelled and added years to their journey, this route was longer. Why did God do that? Because he knew the Israelites weren’t prepared to face the Philistine army. They weren’t strong enough. They knew nothing of war. In time they would, but not right then. They had to wait on God’s timetable, God’s plan, and God’s will.
David waited over a decade between the day Samuel anointed David as God’s chosen king to the day David claimed the throne. Why the long wait? Because God knew David wasn’t ready for the job. Sure. David had victories over Goliath and the bear and lion. Major victories in anyone’s book. But there was more he needed to learn to be God’s effective tool in conquering the land and establishing God’s people as his own. I’m thinking if David hadn’t spent so much time out there with his sheep, the world would not have the blessings of his psalms. God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.
Jesus lacked nothing, yet he waited 33 years from birth to resurrection before God’s plan of salvation became reality. Why? I think maybe because humanity needed those years to understand the fulfillment of the prophesies about the Messiah. We needed those years to understand the reason Christ came to this earth, lived a perfect life, offered his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven where he sits at his Father’s right hand waiting for the day God says, “Go get your Bride”. God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.
After Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he did not receive his sight immediately, nor did he set out on a missionary journey as soon as he regained his vision. Even when Paul began his ministry to the Gentiles, there were times the Holy Spirit blocked his way and kept him from doing what Paul felt he needed to do, or accomplish. Like most of us, Paul needed to be humbled in order to be receptive to what God’s plan was for his life.
God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.
How are you doing waiting for God’s timetable in your life? Do you find it easy or difficult?
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But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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