Tuesday, March 8, 2011

the wait

Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you...blessed are all they that wait for Him.

~Isaiah 30:18

The Lord has an inconceivably glorious purpose for each of His children. "If this is true," you ask, "why is it that He continues to wait longer and longer to offer His grace and to provide the help I seek, even after I have come and waited on Him?"

He does so because He is a wise gardener who "waits for the land to yield its valuable crop" and is patient...for the autumn and spring rains" (James 5:7). God knows He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe, and He knows precisely when we are spiritually ready to receive blessings for our gain and His glory.

Rest assured that if God waits longer than we desire, it is simply to make the blessings doubly precious. Remember, He waited four thousand years, "but when the time had fully come, God sent His son" (Gal. 4:4). Our time is in His hands.

~Andrew Murray