Waiting is not something I always do well. Often do not do well really.
I was so excited when I saw that waiting is grace.
Then I spent a month waiting and realized my excitement was quickly lost.
Why does God wait until the last possible second to provide what we need?
It is grace.
Think I’m crazy. Stick with me.
Remember Abraham. He waited 25 years for Isaac. That took – or maybe developed – patience. It took grace.
Let’s look at another scene with Abraham and Isaac.
1 Some time after these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” Abraham replied. 2 God said, “Take your son – your only son, whom you love, Isaac – and go to the land of Moriah! Offer him up there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will indicate to you.” 3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants with him, along with his son Isaac. When he had cut the wood for the burnt offering, he started out for the place God had spoken to him about. 4 On the third day Abraham caught sight of the place in the distance.
This instruction makes no sense. Yet Abraham does not hesitate to obey. Amazing!
5 So he said to his servants, “You two stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go up there. We will worship and then return to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and put it on his son Isaac. Then he took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them walked on together. 7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?” “What is it, my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 “God will provide for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham replied. The two of them continued on together.
Faith in the God who has been faithful for so many years.
9 When they came to the place God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood.
He is really doing this!
10 Then he stretched out his hand and grabbed the knife to slaughter his son.Still doing this!
11 Just then, an angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven and said, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. 12 “Do not harm the boy!” the angel said. “Do not do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God because you did not withhold your son, your only son, from me.” Genesis 22:1-12 NET
Talk about the last possible second! The knife was in the air!
Waiting requires faith, without faith it is not possible to be pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6). Requiring us to wait in faith is grace, allowing us to be pleasing.
Us waiting brings Him glory. Us waiting in faith brings Him more glory.
Us wandering around wringing our hands about when and how the provision will come robs some of His glory.
Us waiting with Biblical hope, the earnest expectation of a great good, brings Him glory.
We were created to bring Him glory. The waiting is grace.
I am waiting for financial provision or unpleasant situations to shift, not waiting for a way out of sacrificing my child!
I will put the energy of wondering and “hoping” to real hope and patience in faith. My God will supply all my needs.
I will provide the priests with abundant provisions. My people will be filled to the full with the good things I provide.” Jeremiah 31:14 NET