Phillips Brooks, a 19th century American Episcopal clergyman, was greatly agitated. “What’s the matter, Phillips?” asked a friend. “Matter enough.” came the famous reply, “I’m in a hurry, and [Yahweh’s] not.” Anyone who has been walking with Yahshua for any length of time will surely relate to that sentiment! In the rush and hurry of modern times, the era of the ‘instant’, and ‘must have it now’ generation, Yahweh continues to take His own time!
When Yahshua heard that His good friend, Lazarus, was dying, He didn’t immediately rush to his aid – but, placidly, waited a while. [John 11:5-6]. It was incredible, yet [with hindsight] we know that Yahshua was working to a completely different timetable, His Father’s. Yahweh’s plans went beyond the instant gratification of healing, and Yahshua knew that, even tried to convey that! [John 11:4]. Yet neither Father nor Son explained the delay; both of them love to be trusted! “Our urgency and impatience,” reflects Oswald Sanders thoughtfully, “stem from the shortness of our vision and the imperfection of our knowledge. [Yahweh’s] seeming leisureliness arises from His perfect knowledge of all the facts and His complete control of all the circumstances.”
Sometimes life appears to be disintegrating around us, and it seems that Yahweh has not noticed. “Why is this prayer, or that request, going unanswered?” we implore. “Why, oh why, doesn’t Yahweh hurry up?” Over the years, I have learned that Yahweh will not be hurried; I’ve learned to settle within myself that some things simply take time. I try to remember that ‘He is in complete control, with a perfect knowledge of all the facts.’ King David had learned the trust lesson, “Be still before [Yahweh] and wait patiently for him;” he sang. [Psalm 37:7 italics added]. Stillness and patience in the face of delay as advised by this prophet-king, are, nonetheless, difficult qualities to cultivate. But - some things just take time!
Our Father’s delays are not whimsical or erratic, but, always, steadfast and meaningful. “He is far more concerned with our ultimate blessing than our immediate comfort.” [O.J. Sanders]. So, trust Him a while!