“My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word” [Psalm 119.123 NASB]
The prospect of waiting for God's time for deliverance does not automatically appeal to some Christians. And yet, when we examine some of the lives of the Old Testament saints, this was exactly what they had to do.
As we go on in the Christian life we soon realize that we cannot build our own standing and merit with God. That is, our faithfulness and righteous deeds do not influence Him. The truth is, God will keep His word but He is under no obligation to do so immediately upon our every request.
We all started the life of faith by completely depending upon Him for His salvation and that is how we are going to grow and develop in the Christian life.
When we are in need, which in a number of instances is very often, then we can call upon Him, and He consistently proves Himself to be faithful and dependable. However, we often find in this process that our enemies, like Paul's thorn in the flesh, do not go away quickly. Why is this?
Sometimes, rather than ask Him, God would rather that we looked away to the Lord Jesus and contemplated His example.
God is conforming us to His image and it stands to reason that we will experience what He did but to a considerably less degree.
What do I mean? When we look at His earthly life we see trouble, trials and disappointments, and yet His faith and trust in God never wavered, even for a moment.
God allowed numerous enemies, who hated Him intensely, to remain active, but only for a season and then, when the time of deliverance came, they were left in pieces at His feet.
You will also see what He has seen and fully experienced - the salvation of God and the fulfilment of His righteous word, and these so-called powerful enemies will no longer have any hold over you. [David McArdle]