Exodus 23: 29-30 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you until you have increased and possess the land.
Patience may be a virtue but it rarely comes naturally to us! Having seen the movie, “Frosty The Snowman” several times one of the lines that really sticks in my mind is when Professor Hinkle says, “I want my hat and I want it now!” We tend to think sometimes that only children act that way but I am sure God may have a different story to tell about us at times, I know He would about me.
God was telling the Israelites in these verses that He would drive their enemies out from before them if they would hear and obey what He told them to do but they needed to understand that it wasn’t all going to happen overnight because it would cause more problems than good. They needed to grow and truly be ready to possess the land, they needed to see God work.
If God is moving a bit slower in your situation than you think He should be and you are having difficulty understanding why He doesn’t just “fix it”, trust Him. He knows the best timing and He doesn’t want to rush and cause you more harm than good. There may be other people that need to line up to bring everything about that He has planned for you, but whatever the case may be, you need to trust Him!
I would like to encourage you today to trust that God is moving at a pace that is best. He knows everyone and everything that needs to come together in order to bring about the best results. It seems as though we are always waiting on something anyway so why not relax and know it is happening the way He has planned and it is going to be great when you get there! If this happened quickly you not only may have more “beasts” to deal with you would be waiting on something else. Make sure that as you wait, you are listening and doing what He is asking you to do. Obedience on your part is what will allow God to work in your situation. You cannot base your obedience on what anyone else is doing or what else is going on. Follow God with your whole heart and then you can know that truly His best is yet to come, even in the wait.
Quote: “Hope never dies where faith is strong, and faith grows strong in the presence of hope.” ~ Chad Witmeyer