Thursday, July 21, 2011

Don't Wait While You Are Waiting

Last month, I switched from a Nokia 5800XM to a Samsung Galaxy SL, and man, do I love this phone ... it's got a 4-inch Super LCD, runs the android OS and I was able to install useful stuff like the bible,  document reader/editor, etc; fun stuff like the "angry birds" games and also my favourite videos.

Anyway, why am I gushing about my phone here? Because it is very handy and a really great tool to keep me occupied while I am waiting -  I can read the bible or an ebook, or play a game or watch a video.

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I went to Burger King to buy breakfast for my family (5 of us). There was already a bit of a queue there because BK had given out discount coupons in my neighbourhood and obviously there were many others like me who also wanted to make use of the coupons.

I joined the queue, and then whipped out my SGSL and started watching a video (DongYi, a korean drama about a slave girl whose son would later become the 21st king of the Joseon Dynasty). My turn eventually came and I placed my order and stepped aside to the next counter to wait for my order to be filled. It took quite a while as my order was for 5 persons but I just carried on watching my video which I had paused earlier when I had to place my order.

I was getting anxious for the slave girl as she was hit by a flying dagger thrown by an assassin when I heard this voice: "Your order is ready, sir." I was a tad disappointed as the plot was getting more exciting but I paused the video and walked home with my BK breakfasts.

As I was walking home, it suddenly dawned on me that I had not been flustered or frustrated by all the waiting around just now as I usually do because I was enjoying myself watching an exciting drama on my phone.  Then I realized that I should also do the same when I am waiting for the answers to my prayer requests to manifest. Since I have "placed my order" with Daddy God and He is sure to deliver, then I shouldn't waste my time and energy being flustered and frustrated when I don't see any results yet. I should just enjoy myself while waiting for the manifestation.

In Daniel Chapter 10, Daniel asked God for an answer but the angel did not appear to Daniel until three weeks later with the answer, and Daniel mourned during these three weeks - "I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." (v3).

However, the angel told Daniel that from "the first day" when Daniel made his request, God had already sent him to deliver the answer (v12) but he was delayed for twenty-one days because of resistance from the devil. Some people think that the angel finally overcame the devil because of Daniel's mourning but the passage doesn't say that! Daniel's mourning had no effect whatsoever; it was the arrival of arch-angel Michael who helped to defeat the "kings of Persia". Did Daniel send Michael? Of course not! Daniel did not even know what was going on!

Daniel had wasted his time and energy mourning because he did not believe. He did not believe that God had already sent him the answer. Instead of waiting and moping around, he should have rejoiced for those twenty-one days and done something useful.

Many of us are like Daniel. We think that we have to move God with our "sincerity" - some of us "fast and pray", or some of us will make an effort to read the bible more or give up watching tv or movies, etc.  We think God will be pleased with our efforts but how can He? All these just reflect our lack of faith in Him, in His goodness and faithfulness. How can God be pleased in our efforts to move Him when He has already moved ... on "the first day"?

Therefore, my friends, don't wait while you are waiting. Rejoice, do something enjoyable, relax, knowing that your answer has been given on "the first day" and will manifest soon. That's why Isaiah 54:1 says,
Sing, O barren,You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD.