Lord, What About the Waiting? —2 Kings 13:1-5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-11, 2 Kings 12:17-21, 2 Chronicles 24:23-27, 2 Kings 13:14-25

Heavenly Father, as I read this scripture passage I began to see a process unfold:

Jehoahaz son of Jehu began to rule over Israel in the twenty-third year of King Joash’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria seventeen years. But he did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat, continuing the sins that Jeroboam had led Israel to commit. So the Lord was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them repeatedly.

Then Jehoahaz prayed for the Lord’s help, and the Lord heard his prayer, for he could see how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. So the Lord provided someone to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Arameans. Then Israel lived in safety again as they had in former days. —2 Kings 13:1-5

Lord, in today’s culture we like processes. The most read posts throughout the blogosphere are the ones with lists and processes. We don’t want the long story, we just want the steps. These steps jumped out to me in this passage:

1. We sin

2. We disappoint You

3. We realize our mistake (when the consequences come flooding into our lives) and pray and ask for Your help

4. You hear our prayer (You always hear us)

5. You provide for our rescue

This looks like a great 5-step formula, a “get out of jail free” card. But my relationship with You isn’t neat and tidy. My life is messy and it doesn’t stay in the lines. You don’t always provide for my rescue in the timeframe I like or the way I expect and desire. Everything does not fit neatly in my process-driven, black and white world.

Lord, I see a fallacy in this process. I don’t see a waiting step. Waiting is a big part of my relationship with You. It doesn’t say how long Jehoahaz had to wait before You provided for his rescue but I’m pretty sure he had to wait.

I’ve learned many things in my life of serving You; the most important thing I’ve learned is You are God. You can do whatever You want as long as You honor Your Word because You are the god who does not lie. You are too big to be locked into some time-bound 5 step plan. Your plans are bigger than my plans. You operate from the long view not the daily drama view.

I’ve walked through these five steps many times but it wasn’t smooth and easy. Many times it was one step forward and two steps back. And there was a lot of waiting, is a lot of waiting…

Lord, it’s my desire to trust You more than the process. Help me to stay strong when I’m tired of waiting and my faith is weak. Thank You for the thousands of examples, including today’s passage, of  Your faithfulness You gave us in Your Word. They give me hope and confidence that You will rescue me.

Lord, forgive me when I try to make You fit into a process or formula. Forgive me for seeing You much smaller than You are.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 14:1-14, 2 Chronicles 25:1-24, 2 Kings 13:12-13, 2 Kings 14:15-16, 23-27, 2 Chronicles 25:25-28, 2 Kings 14:17-22, 2 Kings 15:1-5, 2 Chronicles 26:1-21, Jonah 1:1-4:11

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