Have you ever wondered why you pray for something and God doesn’t answer? Or why you claim God’s promises and it seems like nothing happens?
Last week as I was reading Exodus, a verse helped answer that question.
God is promising what he will do:
I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. (Ex 23:28-30)
God has promised to bring the Israelites to the the land that he swore on oath to their ancestors. (Ex:13:11) But that was a long time ago. Now it looks like it’s going to happen — God is going to bring them to the promised land and then it’s going to be all theirs, right?
The Israelites are only going to have a little bit of the land. Eventually God has promised them the entire land, but not yet.
That’s because sometimes God’s blessing is delayed until we have had a chance to grow into the shoes needed to steward the blessing.
Israel’s just a new nation. There’s no way they can take care of all of that land. They would get discouraged because it was too big of a job.
That’s true of us too. The job you’ve prayed for, the relationship you’ve wanted, the answer you’ve asked God for — his answer is not no. It’s not yet.
Sometimes God gives us a blessing and instead of our being wise stewards and handling that blessing in a God-honoring way, it ruins us or brings trouble. Solomon was wiser and more wealthy than anyone else — but he ended up straying from God and an questioning the purpose of life.
Even though we’d like God to bless us more quickly, sometimes it’s because He knows we’ve still got some growing to do until we can be responsible for the blessing he will give us.
Our job is not to question or be impatient, but to continue to pray and trust that He will work in his timing.