In Joshua 17 the people of Israel ask Joshua for more land. “Why did you give us just one allotment, one solitary share? There are a lot of us, and growing God has extravagantly blessed us.” (vs.14 MSG) Joshua does not hesitate and gives them more land to go to, but still they say,” There’s not enough hill country for us…”(vs.16 MSG) Yet, Joshua responds with understanding and patience. He is not asking for his lot of the land, instead he is putting their needs above his. It seems he was confident that God’s promises would prevail in the midst of his waiting. Maybe he knew deep in his heart something that I need to remember, “God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness.” 2 Peter 3:9 MSG
I think about prayers that I have prayed where I am still waiting for an answer. Many times I want to hold on to what I am waiting for instead of letting it go and giving it to Jesus.
“Here’s what I’m saying; Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will be open. Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need…And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask Him?” Luke 11: 9-10,13 MSG.
Isn’t what I should be seeking most is His presence in my life?
Sometimes His presence comes in the prayers I am waiting for an answer to… a new job for my husband, restored relationships, prayers for my children. What is my response? Am I drawing closer to Him through it?
Thank you Jesus that you see the bigger picture and care about the details of my life. Thank you for answered prayers and prayers yet to be answered. Help me to trust in Your promises and not lose heart. Your presence in my life is what I seek most. Amen
“But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 40:31 MSG