“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later.” Romans 8:18, NLT

The reason that Dave Ramsey is such an experienced financial advisor is because he deals with hundreds of people who don’t want to wait for something in due time – when it’s affordable or right – but rather want it immediately.  Maybe that’s why many people are in debt and many marriages don’t last “until death do us part.”  But things are not in our time; they are in the Lord’s time.

“But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.”  Romans 8:25, NLT

“God blesses the people who patiently endure testing.  Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”  James 1:12, NLT

James wrote it pretty bluntly for the people of his day, but it has a lot of truth even for us.

“You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it.  You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them.  And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.  And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure.”  James 4:2-3, NLT

The enemy attacks us at our weakest point (within) telling us that we won’t succeed without looking a certain way or having a certain thing, that we won’t ever have a meaningful relationship or a family unless we start now, that we won’t ever be useful in ministry with the background or lack of experience we have.  God can use and bless anyone with anything at anytime.

You may come from a broken home or an abusive childhood; you may be divorced or may never have had a serious relationship; you may have many unfulfilled goals and dreams.  Whatever “it” is in your life that you think you are missing, whatever “it” is that you think is holding you back, whatever “it” is that is your security blanket that you use as your excuse, ask God to deal with it. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD.  They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11, NLT

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to "Sandlot Stories" (ARose Books).  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to CYdmg@yahoo.com.