Admittedly, I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time. I kept putting it off and making excuses to not sit down and work on it, but when God begins bringing it back to you, more and more frequently, it’s time to listen to Him, sit down, and get it done. So, here goes!
We’ve all come home from work, or just a long day in general, too tired to put a ton of effort into makeing dinner, and too hungry to wait for something to cook for 45 minutes or so in the oven. So what do we do? We find the first thing that has fas and easy microwave instructions on it, rip it open, toss it in the microwave for the instructed amount of time (or however long we may think it may need to cook for) and there ya have it, dinner in five minutes or less. Is it cooked all the way though? Probably not. The edges are hot, the center is cold, and we’re left to either put it back in the microwave for a few extra minutes, or just eat it the way it is, and be less than satisfied with our “quick and easy” dinner. Yeah, sure it was a quick fix for the hunger pains that were seemingly eating away at us from the inside, but quick fixes are all too often also very temporary. Chances are, we’ll be back in front of the fridge, or the panrty in an hour or two looking for a snack to supplement what was supposed to tide us over for much longer than it did.
Guess what? Our faith and God’s promises work in a similar way. Crazy, I know! Maybe you’ve been praying about a new job, or maybe you’re single and getting frustrated in the season you’re in and can’t understand why you haven’t met the one God has for you yet? Waiting on a raise? Praying about starting a family? Whatever your situation or your hearts desires may be, that seemingly aren’t being met in the time frame you thought they would be, I can assure you, God’s promises are oven cooked promises. Hey, some of them are crock pot promises!
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
What exactly do I mean by that? Glad you asked, let me tell you! If we live with a “microwave” faith, it’s a lot of us trying to do things in our own strength, in our own timing, and the way we think things should be done. We want the quick and easy answer, the fast track to success, our next promotion, that relationship we’ve been idolizing, a new $80,000 car when we’re still on Dave Ramsey’s baby step number one to financial peace. If we continually try to do things our way, becasue we think we know what’s best for us, we will eventually crash and burn. We think things are working out great, the edges are perfectly warm and mouth wateringly delicious, until we bite into the middle and its still frozen, because we tried to fast track the process to satisfy our hunger for the next best thing. You may think you’re ready for that relationship, but the one God has for you,may not be where they’re supposed to be yet, and getting together prematurely with the right one, or worse yet, the wrong one, might end in heart break, or giving away things that weren’t ever meant for the one you gave them to. That promtion may have your name on it, but there may be things you still need to learn in the current position before you have the strength and knowledge to take it on. Raising kiddos, each of us are born for “such a time as this” and have been carefully placed in a specific time to make the impact that God has laid out for each of us, that time will come for those future children of God to be brought into the world to shine their lights at the appointed time.
God’s promises may take time, but He makes sure everything has been “cooked” to perfection, all of the ingredients have been added with percision and all things come together for a meal that satisfies and sticks with us until the next is complete and ready for us to feast upon. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a home cooked meal from the oven or something that’s been simmering in the crockpot all day long, than some soggy pizza rolls after two minutes in the microwave! God’s promises are always worth the wait, and He will always give us immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. I will gladly, 1000% of the time, be willing to wait for that!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us..”Ephesians 3:20 NIV
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:31 NLT