It’s an interesting topic – time.
The God of the Bible is timeless. Spatio-temporal existence was created for you and me.
Even more perplexing is that, although God could speak all events into existence immediately, he chooses to move according to the very laws of nature he, himself, created.
For example, Jesus (God made flesh) still grew up earthly year by earthly year, not beginning his public ministry until he was around 30 years old.
What Jesus could have taught his twelve disciples in a nanosecond, he instead taught and modeled for them over a three year period.
I could go on but you get it.
In the Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter 11, vs 23, it says,
“So Joshua took control of the entire land (promised to Israel), just as the Lord had instructed Moses.”
After conquering Jericho and Ai in the earlier chapters, things speed up quite a bit with the conquering of the rest of Canaan. The events comprise only 2 chapters, taking only five minutes to read by the average reader. It almost reads like the will of God was knocked out in a weekend.
But the actual time that transpired during those two chapters was seven hard-fought years.
What is the implication here? (glad you asked :))
In today’s instant-everything, microwave society we are programmed to expect results quickly, if not immediately. Heck, a red traffic signal or having to wait more than a couple of minutes at a fast food restaurant can be brutal, right?
But, alas, our journey with God is a lifelong process – a marathon, not a sprint. It’s easy to grow impatient with God, insisting he hurry up.
Waiting on the Lord is not punishment, but rather a tool he uses to help us learn, grow and recharge. To help us not miss the life we’ve been given that seems, at times, to be flying by at such a pace that it feels as though it’s slipping from our exhausted fingers.
Do you feel like God is dragging his feet? He isn’t. Satan is lying to you. Again.
Satan’s sole purpose for tempting Jesus in the wilderness was to try and get Jesus to hurry up. To bypass the Cross. Skip the years of persecution and pain and execution. Take the shortcut. Skip the crown of thorns and go straight for the crown of gold.
But, Jesus knew if there’s no crown of thorns, no flogging and, ultimately, no crucifixion, there’s no redemption for mankind.
No, Jesus took the long view. And the long road. And, because he did, everything is different. As C.S. Lewis profoundly put it:
“Jesus has met, fought, and beaten the king of death. Everything is different because He has done so.”
King David, who had quite a bit on his plate, was no doubt preaching to himself when he wrote,
“Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart; and wait on the Lord.” (Ps. 27:14)
And it was Isaiah who recorded the often quoted promise of God,
“But those who wait for (hope in) the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles…” (40:31)