Blaming God For Doing Nothing

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 our spiritual experience is to pray for heaven to come down and then wonder why it doesn’t happen in a traceable way. Our relationship with God gets battered by questions of His goodness and love.

My soul, wait thou only upon God. Psalm 62:6 John 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 for another two years after the cupbearer and baker broke their promise to bring his case before Pharaoh.  Did Joseph wonder why God didn’t override their forgetfulness and command them to speak the way He used Balaam’s donkey to speak?  We’ll never know, but we suspect it happened.

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 appears now that the two-year waiting period wasn’t 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 in my life. So are you. What if we could peel back the invisible curtain between heavenly realms and each of us? What if we could see God working in the lives of the people we love? I am convinced that we would see a very active Father, not a passive one. God is wooing, speaking, and arranging divine encounters for the ones we are praying for. He’s preparing the ground for them to encounter Him and know that He is God.

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 ever proactive.

Passivity is not in your nature. I’ve been lied to. You are incessant as you work behind the scenes.  Revive my faith.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

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