|It’s Worth the Wait!|
|Monday, 20 March 2017 11:34|
BY Berlie G. Yap
“Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile” (Gen. 40:22, 41:1, ESV)
The truth is, it ain’t easy to wait! But here’s the harder truth, things are more uphill when you seem to wait for nothing! The passage above is about Joseph. On his 11th year in Egypt, while inside prison, he was so positive and believed so much that his long awaited help had come already. One royal prisoner with him, he was able to help. Thus, he thought that out of the assistance he gave, the man would also favor him. His only plea was, “please do not forget me.”
Your guess is good as mine, the man forgot Joseph! What a sense of devastation he felt at that moment; think of it, it could be his only hope. And such seeming hope is now gone. He could have easily retreated again to the darkness of his dungeon, to question God if why was all of the pains he was to go through.
The next thing which Joseph would have to face is the unknown. The future was again uncertain. Howbeit, after two full years, his breakthrough did come at last. No less than the Pharaoh himself was the very person who summoned Joseph. It was then the start of his way to full restoration. If man forgot Joseph, God did not!
Thus, do not forget, God never fails! If you waited for some years already, never lose your hope. Keep to trust the Lord. God won’t fail you. One day, on His due and perfect time, you will have the fulfillment of your dreams. God has this expertise, to always bring us to situations where we can be fully dependent to Him.
Often, He allows our failures to be our personal stepping stones to our desired success. Faith is not an easy endeavor. St. Paul defines faith, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1, ESV) Because faith focuses in the future and involves hope which are not see, many do not like it.
Thus, many opt to cling to human efforts, than to walk in faith. When we do not see right away the fruits of our labors, we often go discouraged. When your expectations do not happen, and what the results instead are those which you didn’t expect, do not throw your towels right away. Keep to wait, because God has His own due time.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”’ (Jn. 20:29, ESV) This passage was about Thomas, on the day of resurrection he did not believe soon that Jesus rose from the grave. He even remarked that he will only believe once he could personally see the Savior, in his own eyes.
Sure, the following week—on their gathering, Jesus came in their midst. The first person whom Jesus approached was Thomas. He offered his palms, He asked the apostle to feel the scars. Then, the Lord mentioned the blessedness if we believe even if we didn’t see. Again, it pays to wait friend.
Now, you will need a companion along in the journey. To travel alone is lonely, and in those same moments we can easily become susceptible or vulnerable to certain trials. Here was a story in the gospel of Matthew, “And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?” (Matt. 20:6, ESV)
A master hired servants of different times. There were those whom he hired early in the morning, there were others at midday, but the last, at five o’clock. I’m just thinking how was to the last hired servants; their ordeals could be pretty severe then—to wait for the master to eventually hire them. The rains and the heat of the sun didn’t stop them though, to endure and wait.
Their hope was exceptional. They must be overjoyed to see that the master returned for them. But notice, they were a bunch. By inference, those folks encouraged one another in the process. They could have drawn strength one to the other. The passage just implies that it is always better to have companions along, in the journey. But pick those who can encourage you and not to pull you down.
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