Friday, 11 December 2020
“Seven days you shall wait, until I come to you and show you what you shall do.” – 1 Samuel 10:8c ESV
There is nothing as frustrating for the flesh as waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled. When GOD has given you an instruction, it’s the waiting that separates the mature from the infants. It’s in the waiting that your faith is put to the ultimate test. In the beginning, you take pride in the fact that your faith allows you to wait. When people try to challenge your waiting, you stand firm in your faith, you even encourage yourself that you truly are a child of God (even excited that Matthew 5:11-12 is fulfilled in your life). You carry this persecution as a badge of honor, even your walk changes, you walk like the one who is suffering for the gospel (Romans 8:17).
The sixth day is now upon you and GOD has not come through then the small voice now becomes very loud. “Did he really say you must wait (like Eve in the garden with the snake)? Why can’t you help the prophecy/promise to happen quicker?”. It’s at this moment that your trusted advisors give sound and “logical” advice. They even quote Scripture to you to soothe your guilty conscience (2 Thessalonians 3:10b ESV). Still, you keep standing and even meditating on the scripture, “I’m hard pressed on all sides, but never crushed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Next thing you know it’s the seventh day and still, GOD has not come through. Now, this is when the squeezing is at its peak and the faith is slowly slipping away. This is when scriptural justification of your disobedience begins [Genesis 3:19, GOD understands that you can’t just wait for breakthrough, you must labor to help the promise], that small voice now has a loudspeaker and is continually advising you.
Saul was told to wait for seven days and he intended to wait. He understood why he had to wait for GOD. Then life’s situations started to turn and it seemed foolish to wait. This is where facts tell you to abort the promise and find alternative avenues. It’s in these moments that most of us fail and forfeit God’s promises. It’s in these moments that we have to fight and stand firm. The standing will seem very foolish in the eyes of man. Even your loved ones will whisper in your ears about your “foolishness” (Job 2:9). It’s in these moments that you have to decide who’s report you are gonna believe. It’s in these moments that you must go back to the Word and fight a good fight of faith (1 Timothy 1:18). Fight! Fight! “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 NLT.
It’s in the waiting that you must go back to the Word and fight a good fight of faith.