Sometimes I become impatient with God’s promises. He has designed each of us for a specific purpose; and if we listen intently enough, we will come to understand that purpose. But why doesn’t God bring that purpose to fruition right away? Why must we obediently wait on the path to that purpose forging our way through circumstances, people and situations that seem wholly unrelated?
When I ask these questions in frustration, I think of King David. God promised King David in his youth that he would be king of all Israel, but David had to wait many years and endure many challenges before his throne was realized. Why didn’t God immediately serve the throne to David on a silver platter?
David had not yet earned the throne. David’s character was not yet ready to bare the burden of responsibilities that came with the throne. We all have our own throne promised us by God, but are we deserving of it? Can our character bare the weight of that throne? I have not yet reached my throne, but I know that I’m on the right path.
I have realized that the difficult circumstances God has had me experience are all preparing me for the throne that He has specifically designed for me. So instead of complaining to God about my impatience, I pray to God that I may learn, grow and change during the uncomfortable and difficult situations so that some day I may fulfill my purpose in a way that is pleasing to Him.
When I do come to my own personal throne, I will rejoice and dance as David, and I will not take that purpose for granted.
“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no on can recount to you; were I to speak and tell you of them, they would be too many to declare.”
– Psalm 40:5 (NIV)
“Lord, help me to be content on the path to my throne. I want to be always mindful of Your presence so that You can cultivate my character that I may be able to achieve the purpose You have for my life. Reveal to me steps that I can make in the right direction that lead along the path You designed for me…”
Alisa Hope Wagner