Good Morning Beautiful,
Do you remember when the biggest thing floating on the internet was the kids’ candy challenge? You saw parents placing candy in front of their children and give them the option of having all of the candy when they return or eating one or two before they leave? It’s funny because many children agreed to wait on their parents to receive their treat. In their mind, they are thinking, “of course I will wait. I get all of this candy!!!” However, as you watch, you become a witness to their fight to be patient.
Some of them are squirming in their seats, becoming anxious about the wait. As the viewer, you are holding your breath, just hoping that they choose to wait. Why? Because you can see the “true” reward, what is achievable at the end.
It’s easier to see the gift of waiting when you are on the outside looking in. However, in life, most of us are like those kids, unsure of the reward and benefits of our obedience. We are anxious because we don’t know what the results will be. By being anxious and losing sight of our end goal, we tend to find ourselves settling for what we can take rather than waiting for what we deserve.
So I ask you today, Are you willing to wait for the actual blessing or settle for almost enough? It is more tempting to go with what’s in front of us instead of waiting to see the whole package revealed. Why is that? Many of us don’t like the idea of waiting for what-ifs. There is no guarantee in the future (what is not seen) as in the present (What is seen).
So what does the Bible say about waiting and endurance? The first scripture we all know is Hebrews 11:1, and it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This scripture gives us a visual of how we are supposed to wait. God called us to hope and be patient. Not once did he ever say that we are to predict our future or take matters into our own hands.
The second scripture that comes to mind is Romans 5: 3-4 ” And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: Knowing that tribulations worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.” Waiting isn’t just about sitting back and looking out for what’s to come, but it’s about fighting against fleshy urges and choosing to submit to God’s will. There will always be a fight during the wait, but you can rest assured knowing that God is working things out of you as well as working in you.
So when temptation comes, and it is presented as being almost enough, we have to stay in the fight and go to war against this flesh that tells us it’s okay to settle or that you’re tired of fighting. NO! You fight against those thoughts because almost is not enough. You have to know what God has for you.
Every test brings you closer, but the more we give in, the more times God has to keep testing us to make sure we get it right. God wants to teach you about self-control because there are going to be more times in your life where you are faced with a choice to act in self will ( i want it my way and I want it now) or acting in God’s way (to work in a way that will bring glory to God).
An excellent example of being impatient and settling for almost enough is Saul. Saul was a man after his own heart, and oddly enough, when you read about him, you find out that God gave him so many chances to change (read 1 Samuel 10:9). However, our friend Saul cared more about what people thought of him (1 Samuel 13;11) that he decided to act on his own and carry out God’s plan without God (read 1 Samuel 13:8-12). As a result of sauls selfish acts, he lost the kingdom God had initially blessed him with (read 1 Samuel 13: 14). He settled for what he could see and not what belonged to him.
Now fast forward to today; we care more about what others think of us that we value companionship over commitment. We have many Sauls in our generation, those who are walking in self-will than God’s will. The test isn’t the wait, but it’s how we choose to respond in the wait.
We have already experienced disappointment when we try to do things independently, and it fails, so why not try it God’s way? Why not take the risk and see what can happen? If you’re at the place where you are asking yourself if it is worth it, look back at past choices when things didn’t work out.
- Was it worth wasting your time in bad relationships?
- Was it worth wasting your energy trying to prove a point or to be recognized?
- Was it worth it to lose yourself trying to be someone else?
God’s promise to us all is that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and it’s essential to know and remember that promise because no matter where we are in life, God will be with us.
God is standing on the outside, looking in, knowing the gift that is waiting on us if we continue to be obedient to Him. He is our cheerleader, pushing us to go for what we deserve in this life. God wants to bless you with a kingdom! Will you wait for it?