Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. In a microwave generation, patience is something that we all need to learn to walk in. Today, I want to write about being patient on the promises of God. When you get a word from God, you must be patient on the promise.
Abraham received a promise from God that he was going to have a child and that God was going to multiply his seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea. Years go by before he received the fulfillment of his promise. In fact, God waited until it was humanly impossible for it to ever happen unless God fulfilled it. Abraham had to learn how to wait for the promise. In fact, when he tried to help God out and make it happen on his own, he messed everything up and ended up with an Ishmael. I am convinced that many of us have created "Ishmael's" in our lives because we didn't have the patience to wait for the promise to be fulfilled by God. Somehow we feel that we have to help God out.
Joseph received a promise from God that he was going to be a leader and that his family was going to bow down to him. After he received this dream he was hated by his own brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and thrown into jail for several years. Later, God promoted him to the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt and Joseph's dreams came to pass but he had to continue to trust in God. He had to be patient for the dream to come to pass even when everything seemed to be going the opposite direction.
Many of you have received a dream, a vision, or a calling from God. Today, I want to encourage you not to get in the flesh and try to make things happen or be discouraged when it doesn't happen in the time you think it should. If God gave you a dream, write it down and patiently wait for it because it will surely come to pass. Like Joseph, things may get worse and seem to go in the opposite direction that you know God has spoken to you before it comes to pass.
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, WAIT FOR IT; because IT WILL SURELY COME, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV
Jim Turner – Lord’s Gym STORM Chaplain