Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. -Genesis 16:13-14
God’t timing is His timing. It is nothing like we can understand and usually not at all what we would choose, if we were in charge. We must trust that God sees the bigger picture in our circumstances. Fixing our problems, following through with promises, all takes precision and even though we know God can do anything at any time, He most likely has an even bigger plan that takes more time to complete. If you have been waiting a long time don’t let this scripture discourage you but give you hope that after all that time had passed, God stuck to His Word. He will stick to His promise over your life too, and do a lot of great things in the wait.
Abram trusted God so much that he was willing to obey Him while knowing that God’s plan was not going to happen overnight. Do you have this same trust in God! If He were to tell you things were going to be very hard for the next 15 years but He promised to redeem you and bring victory to your pain, would you stick with Him? It’s a tough spot to be in for sure. But along the hard winding path to your victory there will be small victories and joy and wisdom and lot’s of grace. While we wait on God to fulfill His promises, He doesn’t just walk away. He continues to walk with us growing us and changing us and loving us and preparing us for what’s to come. So even when we know that our answers to prayer may be off in the distance, we can anticipate the good things God has for us on the way. The journey isn’t just for us to get from one place to another but a process in our life that is meant to make us more like Christ. The journey is the most important part of God’s plan. What happens on the long, or short, road to God’s completed plan is what we will cherish in the end and it’s what will bring glory to God’s Kingdom. We may even forget where we were headed, as our eyes stay fixed on God’s picture instead of our small view. So do not be discouraged but consider your wait an opportunity for great joy. (James 1:2)