Prayer Focus: Bulgaria

Bible Reading: Joshua 11-14

Scripture

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.  But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’   And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. Joshua 14:7-10

Observation

Caleb waited 45 years to receive the promise God made to him.  45 years!  I have a hard time waiting 45 minutes.

Application

When God makes a promise He keeps it; even if it takes 45 years to make it happen.  When we get impatient and complain that God isn’t acting fast enough on our behalf we’d be well served to remember that God’s plan involves every person on the planet who ever lived, is living, and ever will live.  Not that that’s any big deal for God, but if God wanted to take 45 years to make good on His promise to Caleb who “wholly followed the Lord”, then I suspect a sinner like me can be more patient than I’ve been.

Prayer

Lord, I can’t wait to see you perfectly and to finally be done with this dark mirror that we have that makes our image of you so blurry.  I’m not patient and I don’t want to pray for patience, but whenever I’m impatient remind me that you give me opportunities daily to share your gospel, to love my family, and be a blessing to others.  Amen.

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