"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up." Galatians 6:9
When God brings a vision for the future, whether it comes in the form of a dream or a desire in our hearts, it comes with excitement, awe, wonder and sometimes a little bit of healthy fear.
Our first initial thought might be… “but God, I’m not cut out for that.” And that’s good! That’s how you know it’s a dream from the Lord and not our own dream or own desire. And His dreams are not like our dreams, just like His ways are not like our ways. What doesn’t make sense to us makes perfect sense to God, so when we feel like the dreams He’s given us are unattainable, it’s because He doesn’t expect us to do it alone. In fact, we couldn’t successfully do it alone if we tried. If we did, we might get to the destination and realize we journeyed for years to arrive at the wrong place.
We couldn’t successfully do it alone if we tried. If we did, we might get to the destination and realize we journeyed for years to arrive at the wrong place.
Our dreams in progress may not always look the way we imagined they would. There’s no taking the “easy” road with God, and once we receive the dream He’s given us, He wants our perseverance, our faithfulness, our trust and our patience. He is the dream-giver, so it’s only fitting that we wait on Him and believe in our hearts that His promise to us will be fulfilled.
A huge factor that plays into this is timing. Essentially, there’s the timing of our own agendas which can lead to disappointment and then there’s God’s timing, which is perfect.
And God always comes through for us at just the right time. There’s no better time than His. Galatians 6:9 says that, “at just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” It doesn’t say that we will wait forever and it doesn’t say that it’ll be all for nothing. God promises blessing on the other side of our perseverance through trials and patience.
There will be times where we’ll be hopeful and full of faith, and times where we’ll want to give up. Times where we will see everything so clearly from a mountain top, and times where we will feel surrounded by darkness. Our season of waiting could last for six months or for six years, but His timing is still perfect. He’s never early and He’s never late, and disappointment only comes when we impose our own agenda and expectations on when we believe things should happen in our lives. Maybe you believed your entire life that by the time you were 25, you would be married with kids, but now you’re 26 and single. Maybe you went to college and got a degree, and you still have yet to find a job. It’s so easy to feel discouraged by these things, but this just means that this was your plan for yourself, not God’s plan. In order to fully trust in the Lord, we have to let go of our own expectations. And the Bible promises in Isaiah 40:31 that if we trust in the Lord, if we put our faith in Him, he will give us new strength. With Him, we will soar high like eagles, we will run and not grow weary. There is a freedom that comes when we surrender our will to God.
It can be hard to trust in the things we can’t see, but that’s what the Bible calls “faith.” We must live by faith and not by our feelings. Just because it doesn’t feel like things are moving forward, we live by faith knowing that God is always moving. The Apostle Paul says, “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” (Romans 8:25). God is faithful to keep His promises, and we must also show our faithfulness by being patient and knowing by faith that He will fulfill His promise.
We live by faith knowing that God is always moving.
One of the greatest treasures that comes from a God given dream might just be the opportunity for growth that it brings. Even when we feel unqualified, it’s important to remember that God will qualify the called, and that comes with stretching and molding us into His image. He is the potter and we are the clay. And by persevering, we learn to be faithful. When we are faithful, we learn to trust Him fully. When trust Him fully, we learn patience. And at just the right time, God shows up and shows out in our lives.
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