MEMORY VERSE: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 6-10
Sometimes back, a friend invited me to a restaurant. Because we were busy with a thing or two, he placed an order over the phone whilst we finish what we were doing. We arrived at the restaurant twenty minutes later expecting our order to be ready ; unfortunately it wasn’t. We waited patiently for another twenty minutes; still, it wasn’t ready. So we checked with the waiter to know what the problem was. After speaking to the chef, she assured us that our orders will be ready shortly. My friend’s order arrived and he began to eat. Five minutes later, my order was yet to arrive. Looking around the whole place, some of those who placed their order after us have already been served. My friend had almost finishing eating; we had a lot to do, and i was yet to receive my order. I decided to cancel my order as it seemed to me that the chef was too busy dealing with other customer’s order. As i contemplated on cancelling the order politely, the waiter appeared with my order. The food tasted so nice that i forgave the chef for taking so long. The assorted meat was on point – exactly how i wanted it.
There is always a waiting period between when you place an order and when the order arrives. Also, there is a waiting period between when you place an order to heaven and when your order arrives. The waiting period varies depending on the other. Meals with ordinary meat probably take around thirty minutes but meals like mine i.e. with assorted meat takes longer, as such you must be prepared to wait a bit longer. If all you want is a man – just any man – you can meet one under six months. But, if you want a genuine child of God who is going places for Christ , you may need to wait longer. Daddy Zechariah and Mummy Elizabeth had to wait till they were very old before God gave them John the Baptist – a man, greater than all the prophets of the Old Testament (Luke 7:28). If you want a child like John the Baptist you must be prepared to wait a bit.
A lot will happen during your period of waiting. Some of your friends will receive their orders before you. Some will get jobs or life partners before you. Some of those who placed their orders after you may receive their orders before you. At times, your resolve will be tested. You will be pushed around. You will be frustrated. It may even appear as if our heavenly Father has forgotten your order. During this time, your brethren, like the brothers of Joseph, may sell you into slavery. The wife of Potiphar may even promise you heaven and earth if only you will lie with her. During this time, Saul may cast javelins at you. He may even give you impossible tasks just so you can fail. Don’t cancel your order because it is taking too long. Don’t cancel your order because those who placed their order after you have received their orders. Don’t compromise as it appears as if God has forgotten you. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” God will surely visit you and make all things perfect in His own time.
NOTE: This is the word of the Lord to us this day: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3). The Lord has not forgotten you.