December 17
Okay, I can wait
Pastor Mark Jeske

One of God’s strategies for curing me of my chronic terrible sin of impatience is the same strategy he used for the people of Israel in the centuries before Christ. By asking his children to wait a while for his better time, he gives us far more than we could have done on our own. On my own, with my resources, at my speed, I could generate a trickle. By waiting for God, by dialing into his agenda and timing, by waiting for his formidable resources, I will experience a gusher.

Israel’s history shows how powerful that operating principle is: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). Think how long the Israelite slaves in Egypt groaned under their yoke. Think how Satan tempted them to assume that they’d been abandoned, that their covenant relationship with the Lord was in shambles, that there was no hope.

But at just the right time God called and trained Moses and Aaron, and they announced God’s liberation for the Israelites and judgment upon Egypt. Ten hammer blows from heaven reduced the most powerful economy in the world to rubble, and somewhere around three million slaves walked away free.

Waiting for them in Canaan was a land of milk and honey. Waiting for you and me: more milk. More honey. Open your mouth and let God fill it.


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