As a follow up to last weeks post about being patient with God, I am this week going to look at how, even when things are not progressing the way we want, God is still working for our good. Numbers 22 shows a great example of this. It’s the story of Balaam’s talking donkey, whose stubbornness saved Balaam’s life, even though he thought that the donkey was being stupid and embarrassing him. Sometimes we can feel like that, like everything is not panning out the way we want it to, but God is the one who’s in control and it will be for our eventual good; all we need to do is be patient and go along with God’s plan. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11”
We mustn’t try to rush things either; by rushing we are more or less asking for trouble; and if we don’t learn to wait on God, we will never experience the full joy that he wants us to. Paul writes in Romans 8:25: “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” He certainly knew the key!
So, when we go through the times of feeling like everything we do is going wrong, remember that, although it’s hard to see now, God is working things out for our eventual benefit. Ask for faith, joy, and patience, and in his perfect timing you will get to the other side!
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1