A recent insert from my prayer journal reminded me once again of God’s great faithfulness to His word and to His children. At one point in my life, an unexpected opportunity was presented to me that seemed both interesting and sensible to pursue. However, as I went before the Lord to seek His will on the matter, He immediately led me to a passage in the book of Joshua, one where the Israelites were called to wait until God moved.
Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. (Joshua 3:1-3 NASB)
The children of Israel were standing at the Jordan, awaiting their time to cross in order to enter the Promised Land. Joshua’s command was clear. When they saw the ark of the covenant, they were to move forward. Yet until that moment arrived, they were to remain in the camp. In other words, they were not to proceed forward until God moved first.
On the day I read this passage of Scripture, I knew God was telling me to wait. I was not to pursue what seemed logical. God knew that on the other side of His call to wait was a greater blessing than what I had originally anticipated. While I only saw the opportunity, God saw the entire picture.
I love the game of football. One particular scene has always captured my attention due to the spiritual lesson it communicates: the locale of the coaches.
During both college and NFL games, the head coaches—as well as various assistants—will be located on the sidelines. However, for the most part, both the defensive coaches as well as the offensive coordinators will position themselves in the press box. Why? The answer is simple. While the coaches on the sidelines merely perceive a limited view, the coaches in the press box see the entirety of the game. Many deem the press box as “eyes in the sky.”
As Christians, we too have “eyes in the sky.” We have a Savior who sees the totality of our lives, from beginning to end. Therefore, when He says wait, we can rest in knowing that He sees beyond what is in front of us to what He has in store for us.
Has God called you to a time of waiting? Then wait. For just around the corner, your miracle awaits. God will usher in your blessing at just the right time. However, until that moment arrives—and it will—remember to wait. And in the waiting, trust Him.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14 NASB)
–Written by, Shea Lowery.