When God makes a promise, He always keeps that promise. God has promised to provide for my needs. God has promised to never leave me. Has God promised to give me a life free of problems? No. I believe that God has a plan for my life. I don’t know the details of that plan.
My pastor spoke this morning from Acts 3. It’s the story of the man who couldn’t walk that was healed by God through Peter and John. What struck me about the passage was the fact that Acts 3:2 refers to this crippled person as a “man.” According to Jewish tradition, this means that he was at least 13 years old. It also says that he was crippled from birth. This means that he was crippled throughout the entire earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.
Did Jesus know that this man was crippled? Of course He did. Did he care about this man’s suffering? Of course He did. so why didn’t He heal the man? He was waiting for the exact right time.
I have pointed out before that Abraham had to wait 25 years for God to solve his problem. His great-grandson Joseph was 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery. He was a slave/prisoner for thirteen years before God solved his problem.
I am getting weary of my financial problems. I was informed this week that my overtime is being cut. I need that overtime to pay my bills. We are behind on so many accounts that I’m not even sure how much it would take to bring us current. We have enough money for the house payment, utilities, gasoline, and food. But what do we do about the other people to whom we owe money? I feel strongly that filing for bankruptcy is wrong. I made a commitment to pay these people, and I must fulfill that commitment, no matter how long it takes.
So I am doing everything I can to solve the problem, And it’s not enough. So I think from now on, when people ask me “how are you?” instead of saying “fine” (which is a lie), I’m going to say that I’m waiting. I’m waiting for God to fix my problem.
I think I know how the disciples felt when they were in the boat with the sleeping Jesus, and the storm came. When you are in the middle of the storm, it’s hard to remember the sunshine. When you are about to drown, it’s easy to forget that God is in the boat with you.