A Thought on Patience from Mercy Road Fellowship

In a recent blog post titled, Waiting, Wasting, Wandering, Kevin DeYoung looks at three figures from the Old Testament as examples of how God often makes his people wait for the good things he has in store for them. For example, Joseph spent decades in slavery and prison, waiting for God to change his circumstances for good. Moses spent fourty years wandering in the wilderness with a very large group of whinny people, wating for God to lead them to the promised land, but Abraham had it worst of all. Abraham was 100-years-old before his son Isaac was born as God had promised. Suffice to say, all three waited a long, long time, much longer than many of us have to wait upon God.

We're they happy about it? I suspect not. Moses clearly became frustrated at times (Deut. 3:23-29). Did they whine, grumble, or complain as I often do? Possibly, but the Bible doesn't say that they did, and it's very unlikely such details would have been left out, considering the Bible is not a book of "white washed saints." Be that as it may, we'll never know for certain.

What we do know, however, is that God had something good in store for them. He had a great plan for their life that, while it certainly included much suffering, always ended with his blessing.

DeYoung closes his post with this paragraph:
Can you believe that God has something good in store for you? Will you trust that someday when you see your beginning and middle with the ending in view that it will all make sense? Can you hope against hope that God has not forgotten you, that his promises are true, and that he is up to something? He was for Abraham and Joseph and Moses. Why not you too?

Kevin DeYoung is the Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI. You can find his blog, DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed on The Gospel Coalition website. www.thegospelcoalition.org

To find out more about Mercy Road Fellowship, check out their blog at www.mercy-road.org