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Be Patient - Your Life Is on God's Schedule

Be Patient - Your Life Is On God's Schedule

Welcome to Part 12 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you don't feel like waiting anymore to find out, this blog series is for you. For Part 11, "Excellence - A Master Key Which Opens Many Doors" click here. One by one we will address each of the seven steps outlined in Part 9, "Executing God's Plan For Your Life" . Today, we will focus on Step 3. Be patient! Big visions need deep foundations so they can stand the test of time.

Habakkuk 2:3(NLT) - This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Patience is a virtue that's sometimes challenging to come by. It's easy to be impatient because time is a non-renewable resource. There are only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks in a year and the number of years we have is finite. When time is past, it's gone forever. So if you're anything like me you probably hate your time being wasted. In contrast, God is not limited by the constraints of time that are placed on humanity because He dwells in eternity. Therefore, His schedule doesn't have to fit into ours.

Galatians 5:22-23(NKJV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

In Galatians 5:22, long-suffering or patience is described as one of the fruit of The Spirit. It's external evidence of God's internal work on one's character. It's crucial to develop this fruit in your life because your vision can take a long time to fully materialize. In fact, what God shows you may take generations to complete. Your part is just the beginning. Here's an example from The Bible.

And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. - Genesis 22:15-18 KJV

And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. - Galatians 3:29 KJV

God showed Abraham a vision that was multidimensional. From the moment God first revealed it to him in Genesis 12, a vision was cast which would span generations. Even today, thousands of years later, we are reaping the benefit from that vision through our association with Jesus Christ. Now a vision that started with one man continues to affect the lives of millions.

From having to wait decades for his promised son Isaac to be born to being asked to offer him as a sacrifice to God, Abraham's patience was constantly tested. I sometimes wonder why God didn't ask him for Ishmael? I'm sure it would have been a much easier decision for Abraham. However, God wanted him to offer what was most precious to him.

"And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future." - Daniel 8:26 NKJV

You can expect the same for your own vision. If it was easy to watch a vision unfold without any type of resistance everyone would be a smashing success. Since that's absolutely not true you can expect to go through a long process. Even when that process is complete, depending on the size of the vision, you will only see part of it fulfilled during your time on the earth.

Consequently, write the vision and keep it before your eyes. Even when it's long in coming it is your reminder of the future. Since you know what's coming it gives you a competitive edge. I once heard it said that the key to winning in any contact sport that involves quick motion is anticipation. Your success depends not on knowing where the other person is but anticipating where the person will be. Therefore, your success depends not merely on knowing where you are right now but anticipating where you will be.

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