Snails, turtles, and sloths are the top 3 slowest moving animals in the world — though, without doubt, I believe God’s timing claims that 4th position fairly easily.
*ba – dum – tss*
A few wonderful things have happened to me, and sometimes I can’t help but snarl and throw my fist to the sky, and wonder why God won’t pick up the pace, and let the flood gates of blessings rush towards me….like….right……now.
I realize patience is a virtue but frankly, I’m not in the mood.
Thankfully, the Word of God illustrates why patience is important through various instances, and many people throughout the Bible.
It’s encouraging to know that I’m not the only one that has felt tested, and admitted into God’s waiting room.
Job, was one of the most well known men of faith that demonstrated patience; God willingly allowed Satan to strip Job of all that was important to him as a way to test his faith. He lost his property, crops, cattle, children…EVERYTHING. He suffered tremendously yet he still had fervent love, and patience to see how God would work in his life.
After all that, he continued to wait.
Luckily, God enjoys happy endings and he blesses Job with twice as much as what he had before!
By the end Job declares,
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
If Job had not been patient in his faith, he would have never experienced the glorious blessings that God had in mind for him.
My hardships don’t nearly touch the grievances of Job but, a lot can be learned through his journey of faith. Our beautiful Creator has a distinct path for each of us — the key is to wait and see!
He is in control, he calls us to wait, and he calls us to trust him.
8Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.