30. Faithfulness while Waiting

“New Days” Meditations 30: Faithfulness while Waiting

Isa 42:9 See, the former things have taken place, and NEW things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

And so we come to the end of this series where we have sought to raise our expectancy of the Lord coming in a new way, to His people and to His world, that we may raise our eyes from the things that have filled our vision over the past year and a half of pandemic, and instead look to the ‘horizon’ for signs of His coming. But the nature of these things requires that they are not merely the subject matter of a mere month’s worth of studies, but they become an attitude, a way of looking that becomes part of us until we enter into the reality of the vision and no longer need reminders because of the reality that is Him, who has come.

When God told Abram he would become the father of a great nation (while he was childless) Abram believed God and THAT belief was righteousness but before the pregnancy became obvious they had to hold to that belief, they had to remain faithful. The call to be faithful comes again and again in our lives, mostly to counter temptations and pressures of the enemy and the world, but sometimes to hold to the vision that is put before us in His word and by His Spirit.

They, sadly, didn’t hold fast at one point of their waiting and so Ishmael was born (see Gen 16) with all the subsequent problems. Faithfulness is about remaining true to the vision WHILE WAITING.

Waiting is not always easy for the enemy will be there whispering, “Did God really say that?” (Does that sound familiar? Gen 3:1) but if we have caught anything in our heart of His coming in these days, we must make the effort to hold on to it.

It seems that Jesus was very much aware of this problem for it comes in various parables that he told, for example the servants waiting for their master to return (Lk 12:36) where Jesus declares, It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” (v.37) and explains more when Peter questioned him. Then there were the ten handmaidens waiting for the bridegroom to come (Mt 25:1) but “The bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (v.5) and Jesus concluded it by saying, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (v.13) Because we live in an ‘instant society’ we easily get impatient when we have to wait. Thus we need the encouragement of Jesus’ words. You may not yet have the conviction that these prophetic words we have been referring to are ‘now words’ but nevertheless these calls to watch remain true and are part of Jesus’ calling to us. So keep ‘looking to the horizon’, keep praising and thanking, and remain ready, open to the Spirit (see Mt 25:1-10), available and obedient – and be blessed.

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