Do you ever feel like you’re in a season of hurry up and wait? We came off New Year’s Day all full of piss and vinegar and then … wait. It must feel as Joshua felt when he’d spent 40 years in the wilderness with Moses – got thrust into a position of leadership when Moses died, the Lord told him about how he was to defeat Jericho, led him to the banks of the Jordan with two million of his nearest and dearest, and then said … wait. Can you just imagine Joshua’s spirit?
Did he so trust the Lord that he said immediately, “Yes, Lord,” and hunkered down and waited? Did he kick the sand and say, “Awww gee whiz Lord,” whining like a petulant child? Did he ever think his advance team met with foul play as he waited on the other side of the river for their return? Or was he so focused on God that he just kept preparing … kept readying … kept waiting … knowing that when the time was right God would order him to move and he’d move?
We know the story. We know, in hindsight, that God had to bring Rahab out of Jericho and to Himself to continue to construct Jesus’ family lineage. Certainly there is comfort in knowing that sometimes God has us wait because He’s working His plans with someone else. But does that really make it any easier? Don’t we all wish we had the faith of Joshua?
A couple years ago God gave me the following verse to hang onto:
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Joshua 1:5 (NIV)
What a powerful verse … three promises in one. I can absolutely understand why God spoke these words to Joshua that day; and while I’m not going to physically lead anyone into the Promised Land or walk around a city and tear down its walls … ummmm … wait a minute. I kinda am.
It turns out that by speaking this verse of Scripture to me, God insured that I had all I needed to keep waiting, keep my eyes focused on Him, and keep preparing. Preparing for what? To lead people to the Promised Land of HIM. To tear down the walls we construct within our hearts and let His love flow through, let His light of glory shine.
Do you think I’m self-aggrandizing? Making myself to be more important than I am? In God’s eyes we all are. God knows who we are, it is we who often don’t see our calling. We are all called by Him to do His work on earth. We were born for such a time as this. We are all Joshua.
At times we must wait, at times we must move forward, at times we must fight, and at times we must claim for God for is already His. His children. But all along we must keep our eyes steadfastly on Him who is our Savior.
I love the song “Everlasting God” by Chris Tomlin and this important lyric within:
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
as we wait upon the Lord,
as we wait upon the Lord.
We must learn to see our time of waiting as not a punishment, or that God perhaps has somehow forgotten us, we must use our time of waiting as a time to prepare for what is to come. To gather our strength. Because one day God is going to tell us to move and we need to be ready to do just that.
Use your wait time wisely, my friends, so that you are ready.
In His love,
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