“In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee” Isaiah 49:8
The scripture is filled with verses that talk about waiting upon the Lord. Abraham waited and received the promised blessings. The people of Israel waited before they saw the Promised Land. Joseph waited patiently and at the appointed time he was made the governor of Egypt. Jesus was born at the fulfillment of the time. Son of God waited in obedience to begin his ministry on earth. Jesus will come again to bring salvation to those who have been waiting patiently. Heb. 9:28
Why does the Lord want his people to wait? Who likes to wait in this age and time? Don’t we all want to pray and get an instant answer that is in our favour. Don’t we get impatient and feel frustrated when we are asked to wait. Our human nature is not geared to wait and rightly so because God has put us within the confines of time. We are here on this earth for a limited time and before we are called to our heavenly abode, we try to accomplish many things so why the one who has control over time wants his children to wait?
The Lord has put us within finite time and space but his law says that everything has a time. Solomon in God given wisdom said in Ecclesiastes, “There is time for everything”. Day and night follow each other as per God’s command. Sun, moon and stars appear at the appointed time.
A seed sown today doesn’t turn into a tree tomorrow but needs nourishment and sunlight to make it grow. Every child of God goes through a period of trial and wait that turns him into the unique image father has destined him to turn into.
God could have created us as perfect human beings in the perfect image of Christ, but No! He created us as individuals with distinct personalities and character traits. The desire of his heart is to create one man out of all these unique men and women that proclaim his message and take it to the end of the world. Waiting turns us into witnesses. Without wait we will go out half prepared, only to come back in desperate failure.
The verse above talks about acceptable time and day of salvation. When is the acceptable time? Is today the day of salvation?
A child of God who is patiently waiting for the Lord knows when the acceptable time arrives. He doesn’t hear it from others but his spirit gives testimony. There are three that give testimony – Spirit, water and the blood and these three speak in agreement. When the acceptable time arrives, a child of God witnesses the maturity of his spiritual fruits and knows that the time has arrived to go out to bring glory to the King of Kings
The day of salvation is the day that brings a unique deliverance to the child of God. There is an abundance of peace and joy that follows. The word of God begins to refresh the soul the way it used to do when it was first accepted. Spiritual fervor is abound and a child of God filled with Godly excitement wants to run to save souls for God’s Kingdom. Day of salvation calls a child of God to proclaim salvation to others.
God is faithful. He will not let you wait forever but will soon return with reward that will refresh your soul and bring salvation to many.