“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years, like a day” – 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV).
The journey of the Israelites from Egypt the land where they had suffered so much under the Pharaohs on to the Promised Land is one where clearly the hand of God was revealed multiple times. From the parting of the Red Sea against a pushing army (Exodus 14:21); to manna and quail falling from the heavens in times of scarcity (Exodus 16:4); who could deny that God was there for them all.
But what is disturbing is to see how so often many would forget all these miracles, abandon God and move on to worship other false gods. Once when Moses waited on God up on Mountain Sinai, they became impatient and accosted Aron. “Come make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him” (Exodus 32:1)
But had Moses taken so long! Given the fact that Moses was out seeking the face of God on their behalf and they had seen his faithfulness over countless times, why would they rush to put him behind. A spirit of impatience and being ungrateful had taken over them. As we later see this ungrateful generation would be punished by not reaching the Promised Land!
There are times when we too in our lives might be taken over by a spirit of impatience. For all the blessings and miracles we have seen in our lives we just feel God has taken too long to come through with a matter pressing us. And hence feeling frustrated we rush on to embrace other ways, which do take us away from the treasure waiting for us. But if we could only have been a little patient and seen what He has in store for us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth, that I learn ever to wait on you as you never fail.