Waiting. I’m not fond of that word at all! I dislike waiting on people, other cars, waiting in line (ARGH!), I know it’s a part of life but it doesn’t mean I like it. Bottom line, like most people now days, I want it and I want it now! Just recently, our built in microwave went dark. Yep, no screen to view, no buttons to push it’s just dead. I didn’t realize how much I used it until it was gone. I constantly look at the clock (even though there’s one on the stove), I use the night light in the morning so I don’t have to turn on the big overhead light and lets not forget warming up leftovers, or the last of the coffee in my cup that has gone lukewarm.
This morning I was reading an article on Elijah List that caught my attention. It was entitled: Seeds For Becoming What You Are, by Dutch Sheets. I highly recommend you read it, unless you really don’t want to know why you’re not seeing fruit in your life. I was blown away by the thing God showed him after he asked why it was working for him, why no fruit; “Because all truth comes to you in seed form.”
I was reading in Genesis and discovered that everything began as seed, even the Word of God was a seed planted to create and everything was made with seed to continue the process. A tree doesn’t produce fruit until it’s planted, then it needs time to grow, the leaves come and eventually a flower, than the fruit. As soon as the fruit appears I can’t eat it, it needs to mature and ripen before you can pick it and eat it. If I become impatient and try to eat the fruit before it ripens, I’ve wasted the fruit.
So, where am I going with this? I have been impatiently waiting for a promise to manifest for quite some time. Each year that goes by and I don’t see fruit, I grow discouraged and wonder what’s taking so long. I know what I planted. I have faith that it is growing. I just want to see it NOW! Well guess what, just as the tree takes years to come to an age where it is fruit bearing, so does my faith. It requires that I read and study the Word of God, that is the fertilizer needed to help my tree to grow. As I wait, I do what my Father asks of me, going out into my community and being a light for the world to find their way back to God. I continue to study, spend time with God, check the tree for signs, focus on God who gives the fruit.
I think most of us spend our lives wanting the fruit but not wanting to do what it takes to get it. We expect God to just give it to us without working for it. I know what you’re thinking; Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. I’m not talking about the gift of salvation; that’s the only thing we don’t have to work at. I’m talking about James 2:20-22: But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Abraham had communion with God, he knew God, he listened to God and he obeyed God. It was when Abraham walked out his faith in God that he became a man of faith. He had to ‘do’ consistently and wait patiently for the promise. I can’t just sit on my ‘word’ from the Lord, I must speak it, work it, do what he says and WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE PROMISE!
Oh Lord (HUGE SIGH!), I really don’t do well with the waiting game. I would love for you to just hand me a tray of fruit so I can partake of it and live lavishly, me and my family and maybe a few of my friends. Thats just not going to happen, is it? For if I don’t wait upon you, I won’t have the strength to do what you have called me to do. If I don’t study, I won’t have the knowledge to live life to it’s fullest and be an overcomer. If I can’t wait patiently for the promise, exercising my faith in the process, than the fruit won’t be have nutritional value good to me or others. Than I would ask that you give me the grace to wait……patiently. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.