Everyone, at some point or another has to wait. Consider the young boy who is looking to take that pretty girl on a date for the first time, and he waits for the right moment to approach her. Or, how many of us could not wait to leave our parent's home wanting freedom from the rules they set? Somewhere there is a freshman who can’t wait to be a senior. Somewhere there is a woman who is waiting for a husband. Somewhere there is a married couple unable to conceive and they are praying, waiting for children.
Each with different circumstances, yet they wait.
Remember David? God formed David in his mother’s womb, and foreknew him (Psalm 139). Before David knew himself God predestined his life. Before people knew of David, God predestined his life. No one was expecting David to be crowned king. His family ignored him, yet the Prophet anointed him. He was a national hero for killing Goliath and then served King Saul, however, the reigning king sought to take his life. Through it all, David had to wait in between the assignment of tending sheep as a shepherd, to the assignment of being a king over a nation.
David was anointed by the prophet Samuel around the age of 12 to be the future King (1 Samuel 16:11-13). However, he did not become king of Judah until he was 30 years old. David had to wait at least 15 years before he became king of Judah. He had to wait another 7 years before he became king over all of Israel (2 Samuel 5:3).
We must wait too.
I have waited through contract blockers, relationship stoppers, dishonest pay and job offers, but still I wait.
We all must wait.
"Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:3, 4 NIV)
Each day we wait is a test of our faith; harder for our flesh but easier for our spirit. I'm sitting here processing what I felt in the waiting and I now realize it is all temporal!! Job, bills, church "stuff", volunteer, reputation, place of residence. With tears forming, even as I write this, I realize among all those things, that my waiting, and waiting, and even more waiting, has eternal purpose. Spirit-filled purpose. A limitless purpose that will someday yield a limitless reward that is eternal.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
- Take it from Takiyah