The Benefits of waiting on God's timing



"An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end."

Proverbs 20:21


The sovereignty of God is no secret to humanity. Even as a child, for those fortunate enough to be raised in a Christian home, it was made understood to us that God is sovereign and HE does as HE pleases. When a young child, in all of his innocence, ask his parents about the origin of God, in the sense of "who made Him" or "where did HE get his powers from," the answer is always God is, He depends on no one but himself, He is sovereign. And for most of us as young children, that answer was more than enough. The whole idea that a self-sufficient being, who is the creator of all: who is sovereign and loves us more than anything in the entire world, is just perfect to a young mind.


But as life would have it, we grow up, and reality starts kicking us down. And that is where for the majority of us, the sovereignty of God begins to look less and less picture-perfect, and we start questioning Him. Throughout the Bible, we have seen many instances, parables, verses, stories going in-depth on God's sovereignty. Their primary purpose is to teach, prepare and uplift the believer for the day when doubts might want to creep in. Today's verse is in Proverbs 20:21, which reads, "An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end."


Often as believers, we believe in God for something, which could easily be anything from a house, a car, a child, a job, and so on. And more times than we would like, God, in His all-knowing, is being silent. A very famous and believer's favorite story in the Bible perfectly portrays God's sovereignty, and the many benefits of waiting for Him would have to be Abraham's life story. But for the sake of time, today, we will only focus on Abraham and his wife Sara's Journey to their promised child. To those who are strangers to the story, it goes like this.



  • "A man named Abraham and his wife Sarah were childless throughout their married lives. When all hope seemed to be lost, three visitors (figure of the trinity) came to visit the man, for he had been chosen by God long before when he was 75yo, so he could become the father of a new nation. After they were well received and taken care of by Abraham and Sarah, one of the visitors promised Abraham that a child would come to him and his wife. Knowing well that she was long past her fertile years, Sarah laughed upon overhearing the conversation from the tent's entrance, for Abraham was 99 years old on the date of the visit. And although the promise was Abraham's and it has been active over his life, since the initial call, he and his wife had to wait 25 years for it to come into fruition." See Exodus 12-18 for more in-depth details."


Although the Bible did not go into details as to why Abraham had to wait so long, but throughout his journey, we can't help but see how God was molding him, shaping him, until he became the man of faith that he is known as today.


To our human mind, their waiting period might seem like torture. And The fact that Abraham and Sarah received such a vast promise was without them asking for it would further support that claim. But the truth is that God, in His sovereignty, chose to hand over the promise once He saw best. In our everyday life, it's not an easy thing to wait on the Lord. Especially with the way our society is, where everything comes easily. But God wants his children to appreciate and see the worth of the gifts He gives unto them. Over a thousand years later, we have King Solomon in proverbs who received God's revelation after Abraham had his tribulation. This sheds a bit more light and understanding to the believer as to why Abraham and most believers have/had to wait for a very long time on God. And that is because "An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. Proverbs 20:21 Although the Bible did not go into details as to why Abraham had to wait so long, but throughout his journey, we can't help but see how God was molding him, shaping him, until he became the man of faith that he is known as today.



Things God had to work through Abraham


  • God had to separate Abraham from his idolatrous people, Joshua 24:2.

o When God called Abraham to come out of Ur (Modern Day Iraq), to go and become the father of a nation; his father's house were all worshippers of idols as stated in Joshua 24:2

  • God wanted to teach Abraham what it truly meant to have faith.

o First, Abraham had to leave all that he knew and his comfort zone and follow God unto the unknown nomadic life.

o Secondly, God wanted to make sure that Abraham believed in the vision as much as he claimed. Leaving all that he knew was one thing, but proving that he will remain faithful even when the picture is not crystal clear is another. When it was time for Abraham and his nephew Lot to part ways, Abraham allowed Lot to choose first through faith. And although the obvious choice was the well-watered fertile lands, Abraham accepted the not so fertile looking land because he knew that God's promise would follow him no matter where he was. Evidently, after the separation, God affirmed his commitment to Abraham on the overlooked side of the land of Canaan.




Dear brother and sister, reading this, life is not easy. It is a challenge to simply exist, and it is even more challenging when what we are waiting on the Lord for, seemed to be taking forever to come. Nevertheless, let us not lose courage; God knows exactly where we are and what our needs are. Let us not get angry or bitter, and let us not resent God during the dry seasons of our lives. But let us instead believe in him, his promise, and his sovereignty, knowing that all things will indeed work out for our goods; us the justs.

More often than not, God will not explain why he does what he does, but thankfully we have his words that offer comfort and enlightenment for those dark days where doubt or misbelief are all that we feel. Let us remember that the whole Bible is the ultimate proof that through God's sovereignty and his reign, only the best outcomes birth forth. And knowing that, while the waiting period for our heart desires might seem challenging, we will also remember that:



"An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end."
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