Are you so caught up or overwhelmed by your right now moments that you cannot fathom the thought of ‘not yet’ moments?
The present is now and many of us are carried away by attitudes of immediate gratification. We want it all and we want it now. We’re also being told to spiritually expect a “Right Now God” to move on our behalf with our own time frames or ‘your season’ is now. In a culture that is focused upon the feelings and desires of the individual, it is commonly thought that ‘my need or desire’ is an immediate priority for not only ourselves, but for God as well.
I’m thinking that the element of “not yet” is a profound component of our experience with God. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be necessary for The Book to say, “They that wait upon the Lord . . .” (Isaiah 40:31); or David’s declaration in Psalm 27 to “Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord” would not have relevance to our Christian pilgrimage.
Not yet means that there is a future to our lives filled with blessing and promise. It means that I must look forward with anticipation and expectation for “. . . those things which are ahead,” (Philippians 2:13). It means that timing is everything sometime and that my time may not be my destiny’s time. And, it means that I must be faithful enough to “know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Think about it this way: Our misery is sometimes self-inflicted by our unwillingness to wait for the ‘not yet’ that is to be revealed in us. Don’t allow desire, lust, or ambitions so control your feelings that you become overwhelmingly impatient and cannot/will not wait. The wait may be your blessing. And don’t ever forget this, the Lord knows when and how to bless each of us and the blessing(s) are not usually in concert with others’ blessings. You don’t have to try to keep up, just keep an attitude to “. . . lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1)
God has plans for us, many of which we cannot handle right now! The ‘not yet’ of our lives may have much more meaning for us and for the kingdom than we can fathom or appreciate ‘right now.’ So, remember that God is bringing us along to a place where ‘not yet’ becomes ‘right now’ with entirely new realities.
Settle down . . . calm down! Cease demanding your desire or season! You shall be and you shall have what He has for you: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I’m asking from you, Give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine, so for my sake teach me to take one day at a time.” Lyrics from “One Day at a Time”