Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40:30
In WWII, Japan surrendered to American forces and yet the news of the surrender took weeks and months to reach isolated Japanese garrisons. Soldiers continued to fight. Men continued to die. Those who were ignorant of Japan’s surrender were caught in the ‘not yet’.
I have often been confused by the promises of God. He is my healer. Does that mean that I will never know a sick period? He is my deliverer. Does that mean that I will never know a season of oppression? He is the God who avenges. Does that mean that He will settle all scores on the heels of wrongdoing? He is my strength. Does that mean that I will never languish in seasons of weakness? He is my shield. Does that mean that I will never be wounded by fiery arrows? He is my comfort. Does that mean that I will never feel alone or forsaken? I can get tripped up when I’m in a prolonged ‘not yet’ period.
Solomon said it another way in his well-known discourse. “There is an appointed time for everything. A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up.” Ecclesiastes 3
Without listening to God, I cannot guess which season I am in. I can easily become an agent that works against God’s purposes. I’ll try to preserve what God is dismantling. I’ll try to bring something to a close when it’s ready to be launched into a new fruitfulness. I’ll comfort when I should exhort. The Christian life is a faith-walk and we live against the backdrop of human need and impaired spiritual vision.
Lord, you strengthen the fiber of my faith in the ‘not yet’. I ‘know that I know’ that You will fulfill every promise when the time is right. Amen