Not Now

December 18, 2010
by Brenda Wood

Psalm 106:12-13 – Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them]; they sang His praise. But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them … (AMP)

For years, I spoiled Christmas surprises by scrounging the house for carefully hidden presents. Mom thought she'd stymie us by wrapping them, but I had a knack for sliding off ribbon and paper and neatly replacing it.

The trouble is that I always misinterpreted the information. When I found a record player, I could hardly contain myself, until it appeared under the tree addressed to the family. Another time, an expensive jewellery box contained only underwear. Every gift became a disappointment. My parents were disappointed too. They never saw any look of grateful surprise from me.

Like me, the Israelites spoiled their own gifts. They wouldn't wait for God …

Psalm 106:14-15a – … but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls. (AMP)

We Christians are always trying to second-guess God. We pester Him with questions like "Why, God, why? When, God, when?" We don't allow Him the time that He needs to bring His plans for us to fruition.

My new husband gave me the best gift ever. He knew of my reputation, but left my gift in full view, with orders not to touch it till Christmas. How wonderful it was to discover its contents on the right day, at the right time, with the right people.

Which of God's gifts have we been peeking at this year? Will we have the patience and courage to wait for God's revealing in God's timing?

Prayer: Lord, we asked for healing and expected answers immediately. We prayed for financial help and are still waiting. We are lonely and You didn't send a friend or a spouse. Yet. Forgive us for trying to open Your gifts before their time. Give us patience. For Jesus' sake, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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