Fresh Hope – 12th March 2018

Our society has grown accustomed to immediate gratification. We live in a “see it” and “get it” now era, known as the microwave society where everything is quick and instant. Due to modern technology and all our conveniences—telephones, microwaves, fast foods, superfast fibre broadband etc.—we have many things immediately at our fingertips.

According to marketing researchers, the human race now has an attention span of only eight seconds and that number is continuing to dwindle. We as a society expect to be entertained. If not, we get bored and we move onto the next bigger, better, newer and brighter thing.

If we start expecting God to work and answer prayers on this rushed, “want it now” schedule we will surely be disappointed. It’s easy to think that if a prayer isn’t answered in the way we wish and on the schedule we wish that God is simply ignoring us.

Most of us are waiting for something most of the time:

Maybe you are without a job and waiting for news on an application.

Maybe you are in a job situation that’s really tough to endure and you are waiting and hoping that conditions will change for the better.

Maybe you are ill (or have a loved one who is) and are waiting for your health to improve.

Maybe you are on a diet and waiting for your weight to drop a few pounds.

A single person may be waiting for Mr. or Miss Right.

Or maybe you are married and waiting for a baby.

Whatever it is that you are waiting for, if nothing has happened yet, you might start asking God, “Why aren’t you listening to me?” or “Where are you God when I need you?” We become prone to losing hope and living in despair because we are failing to see immediate results.

It is easy to forget that God’s wisdom is infinite and many times does not work on our expected time frame. God works by his own clock. His ways are higher than our ways, He has His own plan and He doesn’t work by the world’s schedule or expectations. This is not something we like to hear, I would much rather hit the “quick start” button as we do on the microwave because it’s very hard to be patient. However, over the years, I have found that the things that I have waited for (sometimes long and hard) have turned out to be better, even beyond my expectations.

The ability to wait on the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and in what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s wisdom, love, timing and understanding of our situation. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes, and power.

Hebrews 6:15 says of Abraham, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise”.
Abraham got to see His promise come to pass when he was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old when God gave them their son Isaac. Though it took years of patiently waiting, they received the promise of God.”

Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord”. Let us think of our journey with God as a slow cook where we are being made tender and soft so He can mould us into the person He created us to be. When we think of waiting, this does not mean just sitting back, not doing much of anything. Waiting also involves an activity. Besides trusting in God, we must use that time to seek Him.

Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him”.

Christine Mudenha

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