Read: Exodus 23:20 – 24:18
“I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” Exodus 23:27-30
So my three year old twins have discovered gum and they love it! They love it so much that at 7:30 in the morning, they will ask for gum. Day after day I tell them they can’t have gum everyday and they definitely can’t have gum until after lunch.
I can see it in their eyes, “But lunch is so far away. How in the world can Mommy expect them to wait?” A tantrum will sometimes ensue. Ahhh, the process of learning patience! My husband defines patience to my kids as waiting without whining.
Do we ever outgrow our desire to want and to want right now? Do we ever learn to wait without whining?
I know I still struggle with waiting. I felt like I waited a lifetime for my husband to come along and definitely whined my fair share. I don’t like waiting for an issue or disagreement to be resolved. I don’t like waiting for my occasional alone time or waiting for enough money to purchase something I want instead of buying it on credit. And I find myself whining to my friends about it.
God knows our tendency to not want to wait. And He definitely knows our ability to whine. The Israelites had made it an art form. In this instance God was letting His kids know, “You are going to have to wait for some of this, because I know better. If you get all the land now, you will not be able to handle it.” God had to prepare the land for them and prepare them for the land. They needed time for the plan to work.
My kids want gum all day every day, but I know better. If they get it all now, their teeth will not be able to handle it. And Dr. Walter, their dentist won’t be pleased.
Are you waiting for something? Do you sometimes feel like God has overlooked your need or your desire? Do you find yourself whining about it?
Know that He sees you. Trust that He knows best. He may have something better for you than you can even imagine, but now might not be the best timing.
Our God knows all and sees all and wants what is best for you. Trust Him in the waiting.
Lord, increase my trust in you. Help me to wait without whining. Prepare me for whatever you have coming for me in this life. That I may fulfill the purposes you have for me. In Jesus name. Amen