Eric Speir

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Why God Never Seems To Be In A Hurry

Have you ever asked God why he doesn’t do something immediately for you or all at once? Do you ever want God to do something today and not tomorrow? I think all of us have probably asked these questions or a variation of them.

There’s a story in the Old Testament of where God promised the Israelites that he would give them the Promised Land, but yet he seemed to drag his feet on the promise. Have you ever felt God make you a promise or give you a desire but wonder why it hasn’t happened yet? I think the answer to this question can be found in Exodus 23:29-30 where it says,

“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”

In this portion of Scripture God was speaking to Moses and telling him how the Israelites were to live in the land that had been promised to them by God. (Thus the name Promised Land!) God also spoke to Moses and reminded him what he was going to do for them.

I believe there are a few lessons that we can learn from these verses:

  1. God will only give us what we are prepared to handle, both good and bad.
  2. God will never bless us with more than we can handle.
  3. God’s blessings in our lives usually don’t come all at once.
  4. Most miracles in our lives are progressive in nature.
  5. God doesn’t give us everything at once because we are usually not ready to take possession of it.
  6. When we have to wait on God it forces us to depend upon him more.
  7. God is just as interested in the journey as he is the destination.

I wish God would move faster but if we are honest, he never seems to be in a hurry. I suspect this is because he doesn’t want us to miss anything along the way. Have you ever drove somewhere and been so focused on the destination that you missed everything along the way? I know I have on several occasions.

Instead of getting upset with God for dragging his feet maybe you should quit asking, “When” and start asking “What?” What might God want to teach you along the way to your Promised Land?


About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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13 Replies

  1. jason

    The last 2 hit home with me.I believe He gets a little tired of being the “magic wand” for everyone. Hes trying to teach us and build so much more.

    1. Eric

      You’re right Jason. The Lord reminded me one time that I was not his “cosmic vending machine” that I can put some change in and get what I want when I want it. He’s just as concerned about intimacy as he is the results.

  2. Good point. A lot of the times it seems that God is just waiting on us. His timing is best, so ultimately we have to trust him.

    1. Eric

      The hard part is trusting God during the waiting process. We often mistakes God’s delay as denial when that is not the case.

  3. Thinking daily that God cares so much about journey is helping me grow closer to him and improving my prayer life. Great reminder.

    1. Eric

      One of the best results of waiting is an improved prayer life. A better prayer life results in more intimacy with God.

  4. Mark Nelms

    Since I lost my job a couple of weeks ago, God’s timing has been a big question in my mind. I know that He will not forsake me and that He has something better for me on the horizon, but I still want His answer now. Having faith in His perfect timing can be difficult at times.

    1. Eric

      I understand Mark. The waiting is the hard part in our lives. It’s hard to live in the moment when we can’t see tomorrow. The good thing is that God is already in our tomorrow!

  5. Missy

    Awesome word Eric and at a perfect time! Thank u for sharing!

    1. Eric

      Thanks Missy. I hope it ministers to you somehow. Please feel free to pass it along to others who might need to hear it.

  6. Some true wisdom in this post. Valuable points to know and remember. I have found God is never late in meeting a need but always on time. He is just late in my mind.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Dan. It’s true that God is never late but I do want to check his watch sometimes!

  7. I don’t ask God to do things now. I’ve come to term that God’s timing is perfect. But it does make me wonder, when it takes a while, whether he really wants me to have whatever it is I am asking for.

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