Your relationship with Christ is a daily, lifelong journey, and along the way God will give you dreams, desires and hope for change in your life. Maybe you want to see a change in your family relationships, friendships, work situation or finances. Or you may be hoping and praying for changes to happen in your loved ones’ lives.
Whatever your hopes and dreams may be, God wants to help you fulfill His purposes in your life. But He usually won’t tell you when those things will come to pass because you have to go through a season of preparation to be ready for them.
I remember when God put His dream in my heart in 1976 to teach His Word all over the world. It seemed crazy because I was a nobody from nowhere with a 12th-grade education who almost failed English, and I hadn’t been to Bible college or seminary. But I knew in my heart that God wanted to use me to preach the gospel.
When God speaks something to your heart, as crazy as it may seem, you can believe it! You have a passion to do it, it’s on your mind a lot, and you will sacrifice anything to get it. From the day God revealed His call on my life, I have wanted to teach His Word more than anything else in the world.
It didn’t happen overnight. I had to go through years of preparation to be able to do what I’m doing today. It wasn’t easy because I wanted my ministry to grow so badly, and I couldn’t understand why it was taking so long. But during these years, I learned what it means to really trust God and know He will do the best thing for me at the right time.
The Bible is full of examples of people who had to wait for God to fulfill their dreams:
Moses wanted to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt, and he spent 40 years in the desert before he was ready.
Joseph spent 13 years in prison for something he didn’t do before God gave him favor with Pharaoh, who gave him a position of authority over all the land of Egypt.
David was anointed to be king 20 years before he sat on the throne.
God wants to give us opportunities to fulfill our destinies, and He will do so as we learn to trust His timing with a good attitude. People are often in a hurry to reach their goals, but God is not. I’ve discovered that being frustrated about how long I have to wait will never make God hurry. God knows what we need to go through to prepare us to walk in His plans. The best thing we can do during these times is learn to wait patiently.
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SOURCE: Charisma News