400 years. That’s how long the Israelites waited for God to deliver them from slavery. But after they left Egypt, God didn’t take them directly to their promised land.
Instead, they camped out at the base of a mountain while God instructed Moses. During that time, God’s glory rested on the mountain.
But after 40 days, the Israelites grew frustrated by the delay…so they rejected God and pursued whatever pleased them.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated by an uncertain season that lasts longer than you anticipated, you’re not alone.
Waiting can lead to disappointment and frustration, In those moments when we become so focused on our circumstances than on the word that we forget God is still in control. If God’s in control, we might ask, then where is He? Why hasn’t anything changed?
The answer is He is always with us because He’s said He’d never leave nor forsake us Heb13:5-6
Through the storms, waters, fire, no matter the circumstances. Isaiah 43: 2, 41:6.
Here are three truths to remember:
- Waiting reveals what you worship
When the Israelites’ plans were delayed, they pursued instant gratification because that’s what they actually valued.
When you find yourself dissatisfied with your situation, what do you turn to? What you focus on reveals what you value, and what you value determines what you worship.
- Waiting is never wasted
God wasn’t withholding His promise from the Israelites—He was preparing them for it.
God’s timeline is different than ours, but your waiting might actually be preparing you for the plans and purposes God has for you.
- Waiting helps us focus on God’s faithfulness
God’s faithfulness hasn’t changed. The God who patiently protected and provided for the Israelites also conquered death so that you could experience eternal life.
If you find yourself growing weary from waiting, look up and look back. Look for evidence of God’s presence, and look back on what He’s done for you. This will help you hold onto hope.
He’s always at work. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalms 31:24
Hoping in God is never wasted because the One who conquered death is still in control, and has also put us in control. Don’t wait for God while He’s expecting you to take charge of certain things He’s put under your control.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
Use your authority as a child of God to change things by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name!
…Devotion Moments with LIZA C coming this July…
Wait for it🙏