Welcome to the 2nd half of the year, with all the different things happening around the world at the moment…..how are you dealing with them? I know this too shall pass!
Just curious…..how quickly do we forget the promises and testimonies of victories that God has given us in the past when get to the next phase of “the waiting”?, truth is; whether we like it or not, we would always be waiting for one thing or the other as we continue to move from one level to another.
So I came across a particular chapter (few of the verses to be precise) in the book of Psalms 102 vs 12-15, where David was talking about his fore fathers (Israelites) and how they were ungrateful for the deeds of God in their lives. I got a different light on the importance of “waiting well” on God and that desperate prayers will give you less than you should have gotten!
I’m going to paraphrase the verses from verse 12 just because most of us know the story of how God saved the Israelites from Egypt after years of slaving and God promising to deliver them from that land, so the long awaited day came, only for them to get to the red sea and they got confused, angry, murmured, threw different tantrums ( “we were better off where we were, Moses you caused this, how do we get out of this mess?”) forgetting that God is always faithful till the end. Just Because God is God and He will be ever be merciful, He created a desert out of the red sea miraculously for them to pass through and made sure their enemies drowned in the red sea.
After this major miracle, the Israelites rejoiced, sang praises to God, they were all so grateful and you would think that was a huge testimony they should never forget in their lifetime; but because they allowed their fleshy desires rule their spirit, they started complaining in the desert again. It’s very easy for us to forget what God has done for us if we don’t maintain an attitude of gratitude daily; we start getting unnecessarily pressured and get offended or disappointed in God.
Here is what happened to the Israelites from verses 13- 15:
But they quickly forgot His works;
They did not [patiently] wait for His counsel and purpose [to be revealed regarding them],
But lusted intensely in the wilderness
And tempted God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.
So He gave them their request,
But sent a wasting disease among them.
God always answers prayers, but I pray we are patient enough to wait for what God wants for us in His time. There’s is a point where you have prayed that God would give you rest or you just that inner peace; letting you know it is settled, you might also get confirmations through His word, your pastor, friend, books e.t.c……I believe it is at this point we should REST and know that God can be TRUSTED!
Joyce Meyer once said:
“There’s nothing wrong with wanting something but we cannot want it so much that we can’t be happy without it“
“There’s a place where God will even give you what you say just to show you that’s not what you really want after-all, so you need to be a little careful about being so persistent and insistent especially if it is something we can’t back up with God’s word“
I hope you caught that light?
“Whoever believes will not be in haste.“[isaiah 28:16b]