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“The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.” – Genesis 28:13 NLT
There is great benefit in learning to see from God’s timeless perspective. Jacob had not been here before, and even now is simply passing through. But God used to occasion to reveal Himself, and render Jacob a promise of something that from every human vantage point was a long time in coming.
“The ground under you Jacob, it’s yours! My gift to you and your descendants.”
Keep in mind: Jacob had very little to call his own (Gen. 32:10, he had “only a walking stick.”) He wasn’t married. Had no children to call descendants, and wouldn’t pass this way again for more than 20 years.
Still, what appears to us to be ‘out there’, distant future, a long-time coming, from God’s perspective was as good as done! Here’s why. God is not limited, as we are, by time and space. He sees the past and future as you see the room you are in at this very moment. He knows what will be in the same way we know what is. Peter said, “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousands years as one day.” So when God says something will happen, you may not know when it will happen, but you can take it to the bank, it will happen.
- Frustrated? God seems to have said one thing, but everything points to a different result.
- Troubled? About the present, wondering when your circumstances will improve.
- Impatient? Although you trust the outcome you don’t like the timing, and wish God would hurry up.
- Angry? It seems to be working out for others, but not for you.
Hang in there. Learn to see differently. Understand God’s perspective. Trust Him. Things are going to turn out better than you could have dreamed.
Questions for Reflection:
- What have you been wanting God to do now, that seems to be a long time coming?
- Why do we wrestle so with the timing of events in our life?
- How might you take a step back and learn to see the bigger picture of God’s timelessness?
- What difference do you think it will make for you today?