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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”— 2 Peter 3:9 (HCSB)
As a father, one of the many things I’ve learned—and relearned—over the last four and a half years is that people are so very impatient. My son wants things when he wants them and has to be redirected towards patience often. When my two-year-old daughter sees me making her food, she starts going crazy because she wants her food now, now, now! She can’t wait another second. And as a father, I have seen it in myself, too. The last time we went to Disney World, I remember feeling so annoyed at the lines we had to wait in while I was carrying one child and holding another child’s hand. I just wanted to go through, skip everyone, and get it over with!
Why are people so impatient as a whole? It’s because we see things through a limited scope within the limited amount of time we have on earth. And living here in the United States, where our hectic hustle and bustle life moves a million miles per second, it’s even worse.
But God sees things differently. He sees the big picture. In fact, He sees the whole picture, every moment of it. And He has a purpose and plan for every one of those moments. We so often want the Lord to move in our time. But He waits—just like He did in John 7:8–9 because His time had not yet come, and just like He did with the death of Lazarus in John 11.
And you know what I have learned in regards to this, and what I hope you can take away from this devotional? Thank God He does things in His time, and not in my tunnel-vision time—because His timing is always perfect, while my timing . . . not so much.
Thank God for His timing, that He “delays,” because He “is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.” If He wasn’t, then none of us would be saved and we may have all missed out on His glory, His amazing work in us, and His purposes and plans for us.
I’ll close with this quote from John Ortberg that always encourages and inspires me in seasons of waiting: “Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.”
DIG: Consider God’s timing in the Bible. Read the stories of Abraham and Joseph, both found in Genesis.
DISCOVER: Have you ever experienced a divine delay? What were/are you waiting on? What has the Lord spoken to you?
DISPLAY: As you pray today, if there is something you’re waiting on, thank the Lord for all He’s doing as you wait. Thank Him for His timing and His patient, longsuffering heart. Ask Him to give you peace and strength for the waiting period.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.