Don't Just Wait
Posted: November 11, 2016
Many of us have heard that God's plans for our lives are to "prosper us and... give us hope and a future" (Jer. 29:11). Jeremiah wrote this to the Israelite captives in Babylon. He said they would be held there for 70 years before returning to Israel (v. 10). This promise of God wouldn't come for 70 years.
70 years is a looooong time. But to God, 70 year is but a moment. I'm thankful that God doesn't always take 70 years to answer our prayers, but sometimes things don't happen overnight. In our own lives, we can read a scripture like Jeremiah 29:11 and forget that while God's plans for our lives may be prosperous and hopeful, they have an appointed time. Ecc. 3:17 says that "There is time [appointed] for every matter and purpose and for every work." Your promise is on the way, but the timing just isn't right.
Yes, God's timing is perfect, and yes, that may mean you have to wait, but I challenge you with something more than waiting: praise him. Praise him like your life depends on it. Praise him because he's worthy. Praise him because he deserves it.
Psalm 50:23 says that our deliverance is in our praise. No matter what promise you're holding on to, know that it is coming at God's appointed time, but don't just wait -- praise him.
God, you are good in all your ways. And your timing is always perfect. Help me to praise you throughout each day. Be glorified and exalted in my life. Your promises are true forever. Your timing is always perfect. You deserve all the praise and glory. Amen.