How many of us enjoy waiting? If we really are honest, we don't like to wait much at all. We live in a 'let's go,' 'instant' society. One that toots the horn at the car in front of us because they are not responding fast enough to the green light! Sound familiar?
The other day while driving in town behind a rather s-l-o-w driver, the driver in back of me thought I was the cause for holding up the flow of the traffic line. I could tell by the way he was riding my bumper! But to his surprise, (when I turned quickly down another street not wanting to wait for the slow driver either) he still was forced to wait some more. I really couldn't help but smile.
Beloved, God is unlike us, and really doesn't mind waiting. His love is steadfast, enduring and patient and His love is right now for you. God's love is ever present and although He desires all to know Him, He does not rush your decisions but continues to wait for you, even when the wait can seem long.
What is our response to this now kind of love? Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day to give your all to Him. We love Him because He first loved us.
God's Word says that He came to give us life abundantly (John 10:10) that is right now and it continues on until He takes us home with Him. That doesn't mean that we will never have any trials or face any hardships, but it means that the abundance the Lord provides is His grace upon our lives to come through every circumstance of life. The now kind of Love promises to supply all that we need.
Right now beloved. Thanks be unto God who leads us in triumph in Christ and through us His fragrance can permeate any sphere where it seems foul or unpleasant bringing beauty. To Him who is able to do exceedingly far abundantly above all we can ask or think according to the power within us! The now love of God is above and beyond any of our human expectations. Now there is no need to wait another second longer. To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy, to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
- Whaley is a member of Citychurch, 36 E. Fourth St., and the northcentral regional director of Yokefellowship Prison Ministry.