Another workweek has come and gone, and before we know it, the weekend will be gone, too. Time doesn’t wait for anyone, and that can be scary. (Except for the day when Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still, and it did–for a whole day to allow the Israelite army to finish an important battle! See Joshua 10:18.)
On the other hand, time can drag interminably if you’re…
…languishing in prison as Joseph was on a false charge. (Genesis 39 & 40)
…or serving as slaves in Egypt for 400 years as the Israelites were (Exodus 1)
…or exiled to the desert for 40 years as Moses was (Exodus 2)
…or dodging a mad king for years on end as David did (1 Samuel 18 to 29)
…or…you fill in the blanks for the worst times of your life!
But their stories didn’t end there! Those long periods of seemingly wasted time were part of God’s plan for building character and for getting ready the next step in the life of each one and as benefit to myriad others:
Joseph suddenly became governor of Egypt and supervised a strategy to save them all during a seven-year famine.
The Israelites became a large nation through which God displayed his glory and power to the world.
Moses was used to liberate some 2 million people from slavery lead them for 40 years.
David became the greatest king of Israel and the composer of scores of Psalms that have encouraged God’s people for thousands of years.
What is the end of your story and mine? I admit that I get tired of waiting as
day follows day,
week follows week,
and year follows year.
Is anything happening? Yes, God has amazing plans. And when he says it’s time, things could change very suddenly and decisively. Are we ready for God’s next act?