Have you ever felt like God is late or that He’s not on the same timeline as you?
Liz Curtis Higgs reminds us that God is never late and that everything He does is for our benefit and His glory, even our waiting.
“Please write this down somewhere. Jesus is never late. God is never late in coming to us. Jesus said it is good that I wait because it is so you will believe. Sometimes when we pray and we ask God for something and we get it right away, we almost think oh good, I guess that was going to happen anyway. We don’t even give the Lord credit for it, and it certainly didn’t stretch our faith.”
God is all about stretching our faith and sometimes He uses periods of waiting to do so.
“I don’t like the idea of God testing your faith. He knows how much we have, He knows how far He can pull. It’s a test only in the sense that it stretches our faith just like a good test stretches your brain to see everything you’ve got in there.”
Liz says it’s important for us to remind ourselves that it’s really not about us.
“We’re back to not my will, but Thy will, which is more than a prayer request, it’s a statement of fact, it’s going to be God’s will. His way is always better, but that does not mean it’s always comfortable. In fact, most the time it’s really not all that comfortable. Real obedience costs us something. Sacrifice of course is what Jesus is all about teaching us. I love the resurrection, but I am falling in love with the sacrifice.”
Often we don’t want to think about sacrifice because it causes us to ponder what God might be calling us to sacrifice for His name.
“At the end of the day it’s not about how comfortable we are, how well taken care of we are, or how many of our needs God has met. God wants us to long for heaven. He doesn’t want us to be so attached to this world. If everything in this world went right, we would never want to leave.
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of more than 30 books, with 4.5 million copies in print. In her best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most famous—and infamous—women in scriptural history, from Bathsheba to Mary Magdalene.
Key Scripture: John 11:53
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