Why does everything have to be so immediate? Packages ordered minutes ago, dropped on our heads from an army of drones! First thing I should order is a ‘hard hat’! I want it NOW! But when we get things, we want something different. Things don’t satisfy. We’re not content with what we have.
The Apostle Paul writes ‘…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content'(Philippians 4:11). He’d be laughed-out-of-town today with that advice. Bad for the economy!
There’s something about waiting that is good for us. Getting what we want, when we want it, spoils us; leading to a lack of appreciation. We can become manipulative. Using people for our own devices. Bullying, conniving, pushing and prodding to get our own way as if that will bring us happiness.
You wonder how I know so much about this!? God has had me wait a long time for some really important things in my life. That’s been good. I don’t like waiting. But to ‘wait on the Lord’ is absolutely critical. And I’ve had to wait a long time…not so much for God to do something, but for me to grow up in Him, to be obedient.
God would be delighted to give me instant answers to my prayers, but He knows how much I need to sit at His feet, trusting that His timing is always best. Not sitting around folding my hands, doing nothing. That’s not me. But what God is looking for is an inner reliance, a nod in His direction before all else.
Are you wondering what John 20 has to do with any of this? It’s after Jesus’ resurrection. He’s appeared many times to His disciples, giving Himself forty days to reassure them before He ascends to His Father in heaven. Forty days. Thomas is having a hard time believing what the other’s have told him–that Jesus is alive! He lays down the gauntlet–either I see Him with my own two eyes or all bets are off. Verse 26 is what I’m looking at here. ‘Eight days later…’ Eight days of waiting.
Jesus could have instantly appeared to Thomas. He could have been dropped down on Thomas’ head by some angel-drone! No, eight days went by. The Lord was doing something in Thomas’ heart. I don’t know what that was. However, I do know that years went by with me toying with the Lord, reading the Bible hit-and-miss, allowing the world to raise tough questions without seeking God’s Word for guidance and answers.
Took years for God to whittle those things away. For the Bible to come front-and-center. For me to move to the side. I’m wondering if someone today needs to do much the same? Do it. Get serious with God. You’ll never regret it. Takes time. Our times…in His hand. Could we be in better hands?
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for giving us your time and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.