Waiting on God
A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. (2 Peter 3:8 )
For a believer there’s nothing quite as hard—or frustrating—as waiting on the Lord. We believe God’s promises when he says that our prayers will be answered, and many of us have felt a specific calling on our life. God has set us toward a task that he wants to accomplish through us, and we work daily to see it to fruition. We’re convinced we’ve heard the Lord correctly, and even though it seems at times that we’re all alone on the journey, we continue on in faith. We remind God often that we haven’t forgotten our mission. And we work to rally others to help in an effort to fulfill our commission. Sometimes we even go to God in doubt, wondering if maybe he’s forgotten us. Or worse, we fear that he’s given up on us.
I have several tasks before me that I’m convinced God commissioned me to accomplish. I prayed about each one, over long periods of time, and I clearly felt God leading me to carry them forward. Each time I saw confirmation from trusted friends, family, and Scripture. And each time I set my hand to the plow and began tilling the soil and planting the seeds.
But I’m not always right in my assessments. Sometimes in the past I’ve moved forward on things I was convinced God wanted me to do, only to be stopped in my tracks and forced to abandon the task. What I was sure was a mandate from God proved to be of my own making. So I admitted I was wrong and set my sights on finding a new mandate. I move forward in faith, praying for guidance and direction, all the while waiting for God to answer. I’m sure you can relate.
It’s easy to get impatient with God. We all do at one time or another. But we need to remind ourselves that God is not on our timetable. When you’re doing business with the God of the universe, you quickly learn that time has no meaning to him. Peter tells us, “You must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day” (2 Peter 3:8 ). God doesn’t wear a watch, and he has no intention of getting one. He does things in his way and in his time. Our job is to pray steadily, work diligently, believe mightily, and know that he is in control. Even when it seems he isn’t.
2 Peter 3:8-9 , 11-14
What task has God commissioned you to do? Have you confirmed that this is God’s mission and not yours? If so, remain patient and keep moving.