By Angelique Geeringh
Our generation is used to a fast-paced life that is filled with instant gratification. It is interesting to note that Paul had to wait for about 12 years after his conversion on the road to Damascus, before God instructed that he should be released into the ministry.
Throughout the Bible there are examples of God making people wait. The father of the Jewish faith, Abraham, had to wait in faith for 25 years before the son that God had promised him was finally born. Moses and the Israelites wondered in the desert for 40 years before even seeing the promised land. Mary and Martha waited anxiously for Jesus to come to heal their brother, Lazarus, and when Jesus eventually arrived they accused Him of taking too long.
Because Paul was forced to wait, when he was released to preach the Good News of Jesus, he was well prepared for the trials and tribulations and challenging circumstances he found himself in.
There are times in our lives when God makes us wait. In these times we need to take strength and courage in the fact that our faith is being refined, as patience is being built into our lives. Our relationship with God becomes more intimate as we become more and more dependent on Him and less on ourselves.
Our promise comes from Psalm 33:20-22 (AMP).
‘We wait [expectantly] for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For in Him our heart rejoices, Because we trust [lean on, rely on, and are confident] in His holy name. Let Your [steadfast] loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, In proportion as we have hoped in You’.
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