Why Do We Have To Wait For Some Of The Things In Our Lives?
Aug 10, 2001
Pros: This book tells you how to learn patience by trusting God.
Cons: None. I really enjoyed it.
The Bottom Line: Joyce Meyer explains the way for us to wait with the right attitude for God's timing. God has perfect timing for all things in our lives.
Joyce Meyer wrote this book to give us some insight into the question "When God When?". This book is divided into nine sections and is very easy reading. Joyce writes in honest words what we need to do when we do not want to wait for things to happen in our lives. In order for us to understand "when" our questions will be answered, we must first grow in the area of our trust in God.
If we try to rush things in our lives, we may become impatient, frustrated and disappointed. Only God knows when the time is right and we need to obtain a peaceful spirit by putting ourselves in His Hands.
The first section of this fifty-two page book is all about Timing and Trust. We just simply place our times in God's hands and realize that He does have all of the answers. He will reveal them to us when He is ready, not when we think we are ready. Although we may have faith now, we may not see the results for a long time. We need to remember that God is never late. He wants us to stretch our faith in Him during our times of waiting. This is the way God teaches us lessons in trust. We must face difficult or hard times in our lives, but if we quit trusting ourselves and start putting our trust in Him, we will enter God's rest. Timing is so important in your faith. If we received everything as fast as we asked for it, we would never grow and develop. So timing and trust work side by side.
The second section is on "Due Season". I believe that due season is when God knows we are ready and when everyone else involved is ready and when it fits into God's corporate plan. Even though we all have individual plans, God has a corporate plan for the entire world. I liked the part where Joyce reminds me that God does not push, shove, demand, manipulate or force people. He leads, guides, prompts and suggests! It is each person's responsibility to turn his/her will over to Him. She gives several different examples in her marriage where God was preparing her husband to be able to handle Joyce and her problems that she would need help with in her life.
Maturity takes time. God does not want to give us too much prosperity before we are ready to handle it. I think the key thought in this chapter is that "Due Season" is when God knows we are ready, not when we think we are ready. We are much safer in God's perfect timing for all of the events in our lives.
The third section is on the "Appointed Time". God does not want us to know when things are going to happen. You can be mislead if you have knowledge without wisdom. So the Appointed time is when God knows the time is right. He wants us to humble ourselves and our thoughts to His wisdom and power. He already has a time established for the certain issues in our lives. So again, we must wait patiently.
The next section is "The Call". First, God may call you to do a certain thing, then He anoints them for it and finally he separates them to do the work. If God calls you, he will use you in a major way that will affect a great number of people. When God calls someone, it may be suddenly or it may be something that the person has known all along that was how they were going to spend their lives. Joyce said that there are usually signposts along your way that you may not notice until you look back on your life. Once you receive your call, you are in preparation for it. This calling is not just for people who are going to be missionaries or pastors. You may have a calling to sing in the choir or volunteer at the Vacation Bible School.
The next step is called the "Anointing". This is when the Holy Spirit enables us to do what God has called us to do. The Holy Spirit teaches, corrects, sanctifies, helps and strengthens us. This may take many years to mold us into the vessel that God wants us to be. We are gaining experience during this anointing and also obtaining wisdom. Joyce tells her own personal story about how she started teaching home Bible studies and all of the other changes in her life she had to face before she reached her calling. She stated that these stages in her life gave her a time of growth, fine-tuning, purifying and believing even when there was nothing for her to see!
The next section is on "The Separation". Joyce tells us about how God told her to take her ministry and go North, South, East and West. He wanted her to take her teaching and set up meetings in many places. Joyce said that as she obeyed God, His anointing increased as her responsibility increased. She keeps telling us that if God gives you a certain calling, He will fulfill it in His time. It may take many years for the calling, the anointing and the separation to the call to occur.
The last few sections just encourage us to take a fresh attitude toward waiting. She compares our waiting to a farmer planting his first seeds. If you have difficulty in waiting, it may show up emotionally and physically. Doesn't it seem like we are always waiting for something? Waiting for a certain telephone call, waiting for a paycheck, waiting for a baby to be born, etc. Waiting can cause frustration which creates stress that can cause actual sickness to our physical body. So Joyce recommends that we take a new attitude toward waiting and it will be less difficult on us. Just remember that by learning to enjoy waiting, you will receive your dream. The fulfillment comes from God.
If we would learn to wait on God's perfect timing, it will be put together right and will last a long, long time. When a person is totally patient, he/she can have a peaceful and joyful situation. Patience is the fruit of the Spirit and is a very powerful witness to unbelievers. People do improve more rapidly under patience than under pressure. So please give your patience freely to yourself and others! Thank you.