“Seedtime and Harvest”…this is the KJV version of Genesis 8: 22. However, another interpretation of this process is “Seed, Time, and Harvest”. There is a time to plant, and a time of allowing that seed to take root and flourish, followed by a time to harvest and reap the rewards. This is the process of awaiting the results of warfare prayers, and for the arrival of your ordained mate.
But as time passes, many questions will arise, which must be openly addressed, thoughtfully considered, and properly resolved. With crystal clarity on God’s answers, they won’t return to plague your thoughts again. But when left vague or open ended, the enemy will use such questions to torment you with indecision and wavering. So let’s begin with one of the most prevalent queries from God’s single ladies:
Why Must I Wait? That’s All I’m Doing Anyway…!
“Wait” is a word that people tend to dislike. For many Believers, Our Father’s sovereign timing may be perceived as an obstacle with little discernible justification. It can seem to be an arbitrary edict designed primarily to hamper us from moving forward.
So we start to wonder why God’s taking so long, and what we can do about it, and we may even step out to jumpstart the process ourselves. But as you know, waiting is generally required in our walk with Christ, and that‘s certainly true of marriage.
This urge to act can occur in any area of our lives, not only with relationships. It’s normal to experience impatience when we can visualize our ultimate goal, whether it’s a wedding, or a great career, or a dynamic ministry. We’d much prefer to get there immediately.
A common but accurate analogy is that of standing on a mountaintop, and gazing across at the next mountain that we’d like to reach. We would love to simply stride over onto it in one giant step, but that’s not possible in either the physical or the spiritual worlds. Instead, the way to our next mountaintop winds downhill, across valleys and bogs or dry deserts, then uphill again in order to reach that next peak. We must take the time to follow the necessary road, step by individual step, to reach our goals.
The good news is that our pathway has been established by Father God Himself. And despite there being no quick fixes, if we stay on the path that He has set for us, we will get there. Meanwhile, there is much required of us along the way. Marriage is never The LORD’s ultimate aim for our life. There are other more important tasks for us to accomplish as we follow Him, and as we do so, our focus and priorities will shift from anxiously awaiting a spouse, to obeying the Will of God.
Waiting for the answer to our prayers for a specific goal is far easier when we have attained a Vision of what our life is truly about. We have a purpose when we know the reason for our being here, and how we fit into The LORD’s plans for His Body. We are not simply to idle around on hold, conducting a countdown of hours, days, months or years until our personal prayers are fulfilled.
Our lives have meaning not only to us and to Our Heavenly Father, but also to those around us. We’re here to be a blessing to the world, and our Vision will encompass the tasks that we are to accomplish during our time alive on Earth. It is The LORD’s very own ‘Mission Plan’, purposed for each of us individually, and He waits patiently for us to claim and embrace it.
What is a ‘Vision’? It is simply God’s directive to us. It is a purpose, a goal, a method by which He can work through our lives and our actions to advance His Kingdom. His Vision unlocks our Divine Destiny, and gives us a larger, more unselfish motivation for our ambitions, our prayers, and our activities.
We’ll discuss the Stages of God’s Vision process next week. Until then, Joy and Shalom!