How many things we want, are things that the Lord would have for us, if we would but wait for His timing.
Israel wanted a king, no, they demanded a king. See their childish rant here. Like Veruca Salt, they wanted a king, and they wanted one now! God had already indicated that He would give them a king, there were instructions given for the kings conduct in Deuteronomy 17:14-20. They wanted a king, and God gave them the king that they wanted, He gave then Saul. Later God would annont the king that He intended, David. Impatience on the part of Israel delayed God’s best for them, and gave them the chaos of Saul’s 42 year reign.
I think about Abraham and Sarah. God promised a son, but the reproach of barrenness was too much for Sarah, so she arranged that little rendezvous between her handmaiden Hagar, and her husband Abraham. That didn’t work out so well did it? We got Ishmael, the father of the Arab nations. God had intended Isaac, he was the child of the promise, but Abe and Sarah were impatient. The children of the promise (Isaac) and the children of impatience (Ishmael) are still fighting today.
Be careful about what you want and especially if the Lord has said “no, not now.”
Rushing ahead of His perfect timing can get you in all sorts of trouble.
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. –Psalm 37:3-7a
If you have a story about either “rushing ahead” or “waiting,” would you share it here?
Veruca Salt, she wanted it all, and right now: