In The Meantime
Jeremiah 29 vs. 11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Oh how I love that verse. In earlier days after finding Christ, anytime I didn’t get what I wanted from God, when I wanted it, I would use this verse to encourage myself that I would get what I want because God said, “….plans to prosper me….”
For days or even weeks, I would be the ‘most righteous’ Christian chic out there with the belief that ok, soon and very soon I would get what I want, but there were times I would not get my desires and I would mop around for days, forgetting all the good things that God had already done for me. Sometimes we forget to praise Him ANYWAY, in the midst of whatever we are going through or whatever it is we want and haven’t yet received.
The story of Job tells us about a man though stricken with all kinds of adversity, unwarranted for that matter, stuck strong to his faith, refusing to curse God regardless of what he was going through. I’m quite sure that any of us going through adversity will, just like I used to push Him to the curb or sulk till we get over whatever it is we want, then we’ll be back to wanting more. Job’s response to his wife’s demand that he curse God and die in Job 2: 10 was that if we rejoice with God in the good then why we can’t do it in the bad.
The ‘big’ question is how do we conduct ourselves in the meantime? Before we come to our ‘promised land’ how do we act? Do we act flaky like the people of Israel before they entered the Promised Land, letting every wind of adversity sway us to the left or right, or do we stand firm like Job?
Job had everything but God took it away and despite pressure from.Friends and family he stood firm and steadfast believing in the Lord his God. So even if you haven’t gotten that job, husband, child, that contract, promotion, house, or whatever it is that you are waiting for or going through, God sees and HE knows. Just as He told Jeremiah in 1:5, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” your plan and His plan might not be the same or it may not be time for the plan to come to pass. The challenge is for us to be steadfast and hold on seeking, praising and thanking Him wholeheartedly while we are in our meantime.
Unoma is daughter, sister, wife, mom who loves the Lord with all my heart! She is the founder of W.O.M.A.N.C Inc., based on Romans 15:4, through various projects, workshops and articles, we aim to encourage, uplift and teach a hopeful existence for all especially women.