DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Wait, was never a favourite word of mine. It does not mean that I am impatient. It simply means that it is delayed satisfaction and the longer I wait tells me that the agony will be prolonged.
God always tells us to wait. But He never gives us a time frame of how long to wait. Those of us who God told to wait, know that it is not an easy undertaking to wait on God’s time. As we wait, we go through varying trials and tribulations which make the process more trying.
We may not know the total package of what God has in store for us. First Corinthians 13:9 tells us that we know in part and we prophesy in part. But waiting and going through the storm with no time frame can be painful. Do not let us fool ourselves. If we are called by God for ministry and are being prepared and equipped we have to go through the struggles and we have to wait on God to bring us through. There is no shortcut and it will be stressful.
The Bible tells us that Job suffered great losses, but he waited faithfully and God restored to him double of everything he lost. Joseph was thrown in a pit, he was sold as a slave and he was put in prison. Do you think throughout his many years of waiting he was all happy and untroubled? No way. Who likes to be placed in a pit or in prison? Who likes hardship and would be merry and joyful about it? But Joseph prayed and remained righteous. The favor of God was with Joseph, he was released from prison and made second in command of all Egypt.
Not even Jesus Christ in His human form wanted to endure the suffering that He had to go through at Calvary for our sins. He cried three times to God to take the bitter cup from Him. He endured and today He is sitting at the right hand of God, the Father making intercession for us.
We read in Jeremiah 29:1, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. It is only God who knows our beginning from the end. He is the author of our life. Apostle Paul tells us in First Corinthians 2:9, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. When God tells us to wait, He is strengthening us, He is molding us and He is fashioning us after His will and likeness.
God has greater plans in store for some of us and the struggles and the sufferings that we will have to go through will be greater. But as children of God, we must press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. For those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not go weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Hold on brothers and sisters, our day is coming. We cannot wait forever. It may seem as if it is forever, but one day we will be able to see the sunshine behind the cloud. There will be no more pain, no more tears, never crying again. Glory to God.
We are considered blessed when we have persevered. Job persevered and God brought him through. Joseph waited and waited in prison and his faithfulness to God made him ruler in Egypt. Today, I encourage us to persevere, to wait, for tomorrow God will be saying it is our time and will establish us high above all others. For God is full of compassion and mercy and He will remain true to His promises. Be blessed, Amen.