The Blessed Wait

Michael Beck

“… Blessed are all they that wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

Man’s concern is progress. He’s happy when he’s moving forward. When circumstances conspire to delay him, he becomes aggravated and crestfallen.

The realization of our goals and the fulfillment of our dreams can become our idol. Even when the destination is of God, the way to it must be by God. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it …” (Psalm 127:1)

Abraham had a glorious destiny to fulfill. All hinged on the birth of his son Isaac. Isaac had to grow and marry and have his own seed. The Messiah would be born of the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Isaac was the piece of the puzzle in Abraham’s life that had to be carefully guarded. So much rested on his well-being. But then Abraham hit a bump in the road. God called him to sacrifice the son of promise.

We cannot let our advancement toward any goal become more important to us than our daily obedience to God. Sometimes the vision we have for our lives appears “dead in the water.” But God knows better. He knows how to bring us to the destiny He has ordained for us much better than we do. And He often takes us by a very different route than we supposed He would. “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known …” (Isaiah 42:16)

Our need is to learn to trust God to unfold the future He has for us as we walk in present faithful obedience. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Our concern for our lives is progress. God’s concern is obedience.

Don’t be afraid of delay. Fear disobedience. The future God has for you depends on how well you are listening to Him today.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.