3. Goals and Dreams
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Another marker of our age is the desire and want to have things instantly, or at least very quickly.
When it comes to a goal or dream, it can become disheartening at how daunting the journey there looks. Consider in times such as these times in the Bible where God had meticulous planning for the details of a journey.
Joseph in the Bible was given a literal dream from God in which he was ruling. God planted that dream both in his heart and his mind through that vision, and it became something very sacred and holy to him. His brothers became very jealous, and in an effort to derail that dream they took the horrific approach of literally selling him into slavery.
It would have been logical and easy for Joseph to lose heart as a literal slave hoping that such a dream could come to pass, but he relied not on his circumstances, but on the Giver of the Promise for his hope. As the journey would continue God had detailed steps that would still bring Joseph to that fulfilled promise, even if at times it seemed so hopeless.
Years later Joseph would find himself ruling, second in command to Pharaoh himself in fact. When he saw his brothers again he concluded, “our intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20).
We may not always understand why a God-given dream or goal is taking so long, but if we rely on the Promise Giver, and not the present circumstances there rests the hope of what is to come.
4. Remember His Faithfulness in the Bible
Throughout the Bible it is evident time and time again that God is not only Sovereign, but He can indeed be trusted to be faithful to His Word. Abraham’s life was evident of this in the promise God gave him that he would indeed have a son.
Years passed and Abraham’s age crept closer to 100 years old, yet the promise remained. By all accounts of human logic and reason it would appear, impossible, yet God had specific planning. Oftentimes God will allow something to look so impossible so that when the miracle occurs there will be no other conclusion other than an act of God Himself.
In Genesis 18 the Lord sent three messengers to explain to Abraham that a year from that day they would be holding a son in their arms. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, literally laughed at the thought, for she was nearing 100 herself. Yet the Word of the Lord proved true and a year later they in fact held the child of promise in their arms.
God’s timing is not to be unkind, it is not to make a mockery of us, and it is not insensitive, even if in moments of our own human weakness it feels to be. In fact, God has such love for us that He allows or holds back certain things from us in order that we may be prepared fully for what He has in store.
Additionally, He often does things in such a way that we can know with full assurance that it was by His hand alone.
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