Joshua 24: 14,15
14 Now therefore, [reverently] fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the [Euphrates] River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Many years ago, in the middle of one of the greatest crises of my life, I made the choice to follow Jesus, made Him my Lord and Savior. It was the most important choice of my entire life. Having made that choice by faith, I realized that I needed to make more choice by faith. And as they came along I made them with my faith in Jesus being the back drop of all those choices.
I made those decisions having certain expectations. That is where the problem usually is. Our expectations against the choices we make. Nobody makes choices without expectations. When they are made in faith, the expectations are even higher. After all, God can do all things. So let me give an example. A sister makes the choice to get married expecting to have children. What happens if she does not have any? Would it mean that her choices were wrong or that her expectations were too high? That is the lesson I am learning from the Lord at the moment.
As far as the Lord is concerned, her choice was not wrong and her expectation is not too high. Both of them are in line with His plans for His children. The only problem is the timing. Because He lives in eternity, He never works with time the way we know it in days, weeks, months and years. He works with time in the purpose He has for us.
So take the example of the sister who got married expecting to have children. If the child is like Samuel who was supposed to start a new prophetic order, then God will not worry about how long Hannah had to wait. His concern would be that Samuel must come at the time Eli is old and his sons have messed up. That would be His timing. In Hannah’s case we don’t really know how long she waited, but her mate had children and she did not.
So In recent times I am re appraising some of my choices and wondering what was wrong with my decision making process. I put God first in all of them. Why am I still expecting my results? Some of these choices were made years ago. I have come to understand it is not so much as making bad choices but God working things together for my good in His time. I have come to find rest in that understanding.
When the choices and the results don’t add up, don’t fret. They ultimately will because He is faithful. His promises are forever. If He said it in His word, He will do it. He does not renege on His promises. He has no reason to. His heart is to bless His children. I tell myself these things over and over again. And they are bringing peace to my heart.
I just put on my waiting and praying cap. I will give Him no rest till I see the peace in my Jerusalem. Even my expectations for my country, Nigeria, I will wait and keep praying. I will see the Nigeria of my dreams. I will keep hope alive, because of the Person we are dealing with. He is ageless and timeless. So I will not give up I will keep the faith and not regret my choices because I made them in Him. Am sure you understand what I am saying.
Perhaps like me, you are wondering. Did I choose right? Could I have done it another way? Let me ask you? Did you pray when you were making those decisions? Were you in the Word when you made those decisions? Did you take time off to seek His face? I am sure you did? If you did not you would not be so perplexed. You would have been able to identify where you went wrong. If you are still asking Him then change your prayers to praise because in only a matter of time, you will see that which you expect from God. Just be strong and wait it out. He is faithful, so stay with that choice. Don’t let it go. In just a little while, It will metamorphose into the desire of your heart. It is well. Ck