Wait On The Lord
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Wait on the Lord
One of the great tests of my patience is being put on hold for a phone call. It’s fun to have the people you have called say, “We are experiencing a higher than usual volume of phone traffic. Your call is very important to us and will be answered in the order it was received. Your wait time is approximately 5 minutes.” So, you wait 5 minutes and just before the time is up, you get cut off and a dial tone blares in your ear. You hang up and redial the call and they answer with, “We are experiencing a higher than usual volume of phone traffic. Your call is very important to us and will be answered in the order it was received. Your wait time is approximately 8 minutes.”
It just seems like an eternity to sit on hold. Unfortunately, much of life is like sitting there on hold. One expectation after another gets squelched and your dreams of success or happiness go into what feels like an eternal “holding pattern.”
Sometimes our goals and dreams do not match those God has for you. But sometimes they are just taking longer or may require a different path than we first thought.
Joseph, Jacob’s 11th son, struggled with the fulfillment of his dreams. To make it more difficult, he had received very clear dreams from God as a teen, that he would one day be very important. In fact, his dreams included his entire family bowing down to him. We have an account of two of those dreams. We have no idea how many more dreams he may have had along the way.
Most of us believe that God has plans to use us for great things or there are things we have been called by him to accomplish that seem to not be panning out as we thought. Sometimes God’s plan has a different way of working out than we envisioned, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t work and it is still possible that he is working on a turning point. Most of us just need to be patient, trust God and remain available. When we quit on God, how can he use us?
Joseph had every reason to give up on God’s plan. Did he know how God was going to work it out? Of course he didn’t, but for 11 years Joseph served as a slave and. for two more, he languished as an inmate in Pharaoh’s prison. Things didn’t look good for his success. In fact, it seemed as if he could not win for losing. Every time things seemed to improve, he was slapped down by circumstances and betrayal.
It is difficult to wait on God’s plan. But, it pays off to not give up. Just when it would have seemed it was time for Joseph to throw in the towel, God blessed him beyond his greatest imagination. He became second only to Pharaoh in the greatest empire of its time. Under Joseph’s leadership Egypt became exponentially more influential in the world. Can you imagine how Potiphar and his wife must have felt when they learned that the man they had thrown into prison with false charges now had the authority to do anything to them he wanted?
Waiting on God to come through is never easy, but it is always worth the wait.
Don’t give up on God! He always comes through!
This Sunday we will share another segment of our series titled Any Nobody Can Become Somebody The transformative power of God in people. This message is titled, Overcomer and is based on Genesis 39:20b-40:23. Come and join us in person, on Facebook Live, on our YouTube page or on our website at www.fccclovis.com, click on “Worship.”
Waiting on God with you,