WHEN GOD IS BLAMED?
After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. So in the morning his spirit was troubled. Genesis 41:1,8
What are you waiting on God for today? Part of the human spiritual experience is to pray for heaven to come down and wonder why things don’t happen sooner. When we’re in distress, our relationship with God can get battered by questions of His goodness and love.
My soul, wait thou only upon God. Psalm 62:6 Calvin translates this verse, “My soul, be silent before God.” Rest calm and undisturbed. Your enemies are round about thee, but rest, my soul, in God. Your enemies are mighty, but HE IS Almighty; your troubles are grievous, but he is greater than your troubles, and he shall deliver you from them. Let not your soul be agitated. The wicked are like the troubled sea that cannot rest: don’t be like them. Be calm: let not a wave ruffle your untroubled spirit. Cast thy burden on the Lord, and then sleep on his bosom.”
Joseph sat in his prison cell and waited another two years after the cupbearer and baker both broke their promise to bring his case before Pharaoh. I wonder if Joseph felt that God was cruel for not overriding their forgetfulness and just commanding them to speak. (Like God used Balaam’s donkey to speak.) After all, God can cause men to do whatever He tells them to do.
After long periods of waiting, I have come to understand that much about my waiting room had little to do with me. It was about God preparing people and situations for what was next, lining up the dominoes to fall in succession. In Joseph’s case, it didn’t appear that the two year waiting period was about Joseph as much as it was about the ripening of times and seasons in Egypt. It was about Pharaoh entering a time of distress over his dreams.
I’m waiting in prayer today over some big things. So are you. What if I could peel back the invisible curtain between heavenly realms and me? What if I could see God working in the lives of the people I love? I am convinced that I would see a very active Father, not a passive one. The ones I am praying for, God is wooing, He is speaking, and He’s arranging divine encounters. He’s preparing the ground for their deliverance. And He’s doing it eagerly – anticipating my joy when the miracle is unveiled.
There’s nothing more painful as a parent than to be blamed for doing nothing when, in fact, you’ve been very active. You’ve sought advice, you’ve suffered sleepless nights, you’ve problem solved and rehearsed the obstacles until your head hurts. The one who blames you just doesn’t know.
When I blame God, I am a blind, ignorant child. He is all-seeing, wise, and ever pro-active.
Passivity is not in your nature. I’ve been lied to. You are incessant in working all things for my good. Amen