In today’s post, I look at several people who waited on God’s timetable, God’s plan, and God’s will before they were used to accomplish his purpose.
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, as we wait on God’s timetable, plan, and will.
Instead of taking the Israelites the short way from Egypt to the promised land through Philistine territory, 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?
I believe it was 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 they didn’t then.
The Israelites had to wait on God’s timetable, God’s plan, and God’s will.
David waited over a decade between the day Samuel anointed him as God’s chosen king, to the day David claimed the throne.
Why the long wait?
I believe it was 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 for one thing.
David had to wait on 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.
I believe it was 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”.
Jesus had to wait on 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 after 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 accomplish.
Why did he do that?
I believe, like most of us, Paul needed to be humbled in order to be receptive to what God’s plan was for his life.
Paul had to wait on God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.
How are you doing waiting on 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)
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I wish you well.