Have you ever said, “Oh I can’t wait until…”?
I’m in 2 Samuel now and there is a perfect example of having to wait, 2 Samuel 6:12 – 13. David, King David, the David from David and Goliath – that David, is feeling guilty that he as a “permanent” home built but the Ark of the Covenant of God is still living in a tent. That is a righteous thing isn’t it? He wants to do the right thing.
But check out how God responds.
“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers (die), I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
David wanted to do the right thing, but God still said wait.
None of us like to hear wait. It is never a good answer to a question we ask. But God isn’t worried about our schedule. His wait may even mean over generations because He isn’t bound by our life spans.
Since our God isn’t bound by our life span, then that means our prayers and His answers to our prayers aren’t either. Translation – prayers we pray today, may not be answered until our grand children have children. And God is fine with that. But we tend not to be.
God says wait, so we wait. God says, your children will realize this prayer of yours, we have be excited about that, because God is answering your prayer – just not in your schedule. We have to be good with God’s schedule, since He’s in charge.