Monday January 8, 2018 – Waiting Patiently on God
I pray to God on a regular basis and sometimes I wonder how He keeps track of all the prayers and requests that are offered virtually all the time. I know that I often expect God to respond immediately and I often have the expectation that the answer come in concrete form—fully assembled and ready to use, with a full guarantee. But God has spoken more than 7,000 answers to our problems and questions in promise form. So how do we get these answers wrapped in “potential packaging” to become reality? God gives his answers in potential form because his greatest goal for us is not making us comfortable, it is building our characters. He makes promises reality, not through obligation, but through obedience. God’s promises are converted from potential into reality by steadfast faith and adherence to his commands. God’s promises require us to walk with him in a covenant—his promises are converted from potential into present reality through patiently waiting on him.
As we understand why his answers come in promise form, we better understand how “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3–4).
It isn’t easy to wait patiently on God for promises to be turned to reality, but that is the expectation that God has on us. I pray that I can be more patient to wait for God and His timing.