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In God's time!
A line I always hear when someone failed to achieve something. It gives hope to go on and to strive even harder until we have what we aimed to acquire or fulfill. It also reminds us to have faith in God's will and be patient on His timing because, in His time, He made everything beautiful. In His time, He will bless us with our heart's desires.
But when is God's time? No one can tell. Only God knows. So, what we can do is to wait and make ourselves ready for the blessing to outpour on us. Yes, we need to prepare ourselves since when He blesses us, it is a challenge for us not only to enjoy it alone but also to share and bless others.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
— Psalm 27:14
What Happened If We Received His Blessings In Our Timing?
Let us recall the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Allow me to bring you to another perspective of the story. First, let me pick some significant parts of the parable:
- In Luke 15:12 (NIV), the younger son said to his father, "Father, give me my share of the estate." So, he divided his property between them.
In this verse, the younger son is similar to us when we pray. We pray for our needs and beg Him to grant our wants. Most of the time, it is an urgent request. We want an immediate response. Like the younger son, he wanted to have his share of his father's property even though his father was still alive. Usually, the heirs would receive his share of the inheritance after the death of the owner. In other words, the younger son could not wait for the right time to enjoy the blessings of his father.
- In Luke 15:13-16 (NIV), not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
These verses tell us what will happen if we rush to receive what we prayed. If we have the blessings following our timeline, then it would make us become a proud, selfish, and wasteful person. We will fail to appreciate and be thankful for it. As a result, it will bring us to unpleasant circumstances which God does not want us to experience.
So let us learn to wait and be ready.
We Should Be Ready In Terms Of Our Character.
The blessings we will receive should also bless and inspire others. We will be worthy for it if we are humble to acknowledge that we do not own it; to be grateful for it; to be willing to share it to others; and, to give glory to Him. In other words, you will receive it when you ask for it not out of selfish reasons and not to harm others. So, examine your purpose, keep your faith, and always pray.
We Should Be Ready In Terms Of Our Relationship.
How could we bless the people around us if we have troubles with them? So, we need to fix them first. Apologize to the person whom you have hurt. Forgive those who hurt you. You have to unload all your hatred and grudges so blessing can flow inside you. It could be hard, and it needs a lot of acceptance and understanding; but, be open and pray for healing. It will then come to you.
We Should Be Ready In Terms Of Ourselves
There are things we do, which hinder us from seeing and receiving God's blessings. These are the things which steal our focus, effort, and direction. It could be an activity which diverts our attention from our priorities or tasks to accomplish. So, let us be strong enough to say no to those things. Instead, let us hone our skills and talents. Develop which needs improvement. Lastly, let us not surrender, but keep our eye on the goal - to become worthy to receive God's blessings.
As they say, everything takes time. So we have to be patient. And while waiting, let us improve our character, our relationship, and ourselves; so that God's blessings can freely flow in us and we can also pour it out to others.
© 2019 Jason Behm