Think again about the common Biblical phrase of King David, “… though I walk through the valley of the shadow ….”
In an age where we get everything immediately, so much so that we complain when our download speed does not make images appear in nanoseconds, we forget that trials often need a ‘walk mentality’. The three year old at the table may want what they want right now, and make a scene while stating their case, but a mature being should not take that posture.
In prayer we often want immediate healing, an immediate job opportunity, an immediate influx of cash, an immediate removal of an addiction issue, and this list could go on and on.
Who would ever stand in their garden, plant a seed and water it, then stand by five minutes later and question anxiously why they do not see results? Sorry but some things take time and some beautiful twists by God’s hand are only to be experienced with patience.
Josiah was a good king of Judah who set things right after several faltering generations on the throught, and he honoured God and especially the Word of God. What he walked into was a kingdom reaping the judgment of God on Solomon. Solomon did not see the dividing of his empire, but God is faithful and he judges fairly. So Josiah could not fix Solomon or the rescue the ten tribes already in Assyrian exile, but he could fix things in his own backyard. That is what he did … and it took years.
So can I walk through my next anxious moment? Maybe if my faith is strong at the moment. I will fall and expect immediate results from time to time. But my God is in this for the long haul. The effects of Jesus resurrection reigns 2000 years later and is destined to continue bringing results, and it followed the commitment of ‘Not My will, but Yours be done’. God knows the timing for the end of my problems, but my petty issues are so small compared to the greatness of our reward for cleaving to Jesus with patience. May we trust in Him!
Your co-worker, Dennis