Are you Waiting?

Whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. Romans 8:18

What is coming will make sense of what has happened. Let God finish his work, let the composer complete his Symphony. The forecast is simple, good days, bad days but God is in all days. He is the Lord of the famine and feast and He uses both to accomplish His will

Waiting

Remember Me when it is well with you and please show kindness to me. Make mention of me to Pharaoh and get Me Out of this house. I have done nothing here that they should put me into a dungeon. Yet the chief Butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him. Then it came to pass at the end of 2 full years Pharaoh had a dream. Genesis 40:14 through 15 and Genesis 23:41

Two years, 24 months of silence. 104 weeks of waiting. 790 days of wandering. 2190 meals alone. 17,520 hours of listening for God and yet hearing nothing but silence. Plenty of time to grow bitter, critical and angry. Folks have given up on God for less reasons and in shorter times. Not Joseph. On a day that began like any other, he heard a staring at the dungeon entrance. Loud and patient voices demanded. We are here for the Hebrew. Pharaoh wants the Hebrew. Joseph looked up from his corner to see the prison master, white faced and stammering, get up, hurry get up. 2 guards from the court were on his heels. Joseph remembered them from his days in Potiphar’s house. They took him by the elbows and marched him out of the hole. He squinted at the brilliant sunlight. They walked him across the courtyard into the room. Attendees flocked around him. They removed his soiled clothing, washed his body and shaved his beard. They dressed him in a white robe and in new sandals. The guards reappeared and walked him into the throne room and so it was that Joseph and Pharaoh looked into each other’s eyes for the first time. The King hadn’t slept well the night before. Dreams troubled his rest. He had heard of Joseph skill, “they say you can interpret dreams” my counselors are muted as stones. Can you help me. Joseph’s last 2 encounters didn’t end well Miss Potiphar lied about him and the Butler forgot about him. In both cases Joseph mentioned the name of God. Perhaps he should hedge his bets and keep his faith under wraps. He didn’t. “Not I” but God will set Pharaoh’s mind at ease. Genesis 41:16. Joseph emerged from his prison cell, bragging on God. Jail time didn’t devastate his faith. It deepened it.

And you? You aren’t in a prison, but you may be infertile or inactive or in Limbo or between jobs or in search of a health or help, a house or a spouse. Are you in God’s waiting room? If so, here is what you need to know. While you wait, God works

In John 5:17 Jesus said, My Father is always at His work, that God never twiddles His thumbs, He never stops, He takes no vacation, He rested on the 7th day of creation but got back to work on the 8th. He hasn’t stopped since. Just because you are idle, doesn’t mean God is.

Max Lucado

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