It’s tough enough to wait as an individual, but it’s compounded as a married couple. Waiting? Why do we have to wait so much for God?
Why the wait?
Do you remember what it was like to wait before you got your driver’s license? Graduate from high school? Turn 21? At the time it seemed like forever.
But now the questions have gotten more serious…
…Why can’t we get pregnant?
…Why won’t God provide a job I love where we can make ends meet?
…When will God heal our marital brokenness?
But can you imagine waiting 400 years, as the Israelites did for their release from captivity?
They’d been stuck in Egypt as slaves. The land promised to them by God seemed like distant history. And so after over four hundred years, they wondered where God was.
What is god up to?
Then, as they groaned in slavery and daily cried out to God, He heard them and remembered His covenant with Abraham.
God began applying pressure to Pharaoh by sending Egypt a series of plagues, making it clear that whether or not Pharaoh wanted to let the Israelites go, God had other plans. Finally, Pharaoh told the Israelites to leave, which is exactly what they’d been waiting for over 400 years—the promised land.
is married Life a Promised LanD?
To most of us at one time or another, married life looks like a Promised Land flowing with all kinds of wonderful things.
When we want something in our marriage so badly, imagining the “good stuff” in that Promised Land comes easily. But as the Israelites soon found out—and as you may find facing tough issues—the difficulties getting from point A to point B can make the journey more than you bargained for.
The truth is, it will take some wandering, doubting, and perhaps even circling back around, as the Israelites did in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. Patience with this meandering path can be difficult, and too often we hurry ahead in our minds to that destination we want to reach so badly, forgetting all the ground that lies between here and there.
when will we see the big Picture?
From God’s perspective, the pressure we experience along the way is part of what makes “the good stuff” of our lives very good. For He uses those pressures in our lives to help clarify both where we are and where we’re going.
What happens along the journey affects what that destination looks like when we finally get there.
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!” (Louisa M. R. Stead, 1882)