“Hurry Up and Wait!”

In the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), the younger of two sons wanted his inheritance and he wanted it NOW! Do you know anyone with that same spirit of impatience? Is it you who is impatient? Has the Lord promised something to you and you’ve grown weary of waiting and find yourself running ahead of God and trying to make things happen on your own? Do you get distressed when you see others being promoted, getting engaged, buying homes or obtaining positions of power and you feel “stuck” in neutral, like you’re not progressing? You may find yourself questioning what God promised you…

Don’t be discouraged. God cannot (and will not) lie. We can exhale when we realize that our timetable is not the same as God’s. If you know the way the Parable plays out, the father gave into his son’s request and gave him what he wanted. HOWEVER, once the had son spent all his money on women and wild living, he found himself hungry, broke, disgusted with himself and living among the pigs. But thank God, that’s not how the story ends. The New Living Translation says “he finally came to his senses…” (v.17). What the son thought he wanted and needed actually brought him to a desolate place, where he had no other choice than to go back home and seek his father’s forgiveness and restoration. Doesn’t that sound like us with God? The similarities between our Father and the father in this story don’t stop there: the father gladly welcomed his son back, just as God does us when we tire of living on our own terms.

Take action now: Meditate on Luke 15:20: And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. (New King James Version)

Embrace this truth: God is always on time!



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