Saturday, October 3, 2020 -
This morning I struggled in prayer with the Lord, wondering why His vindication is taking so long. I am weary of being in prison day after day, month after month. Now, 2 1’2 months after getting everything to my trial judge he’s requested of me, I am still awaiting a single word from the court. I confess my impatience and then turn around once again and ask, “Why, Lord, do I have to wait so long?” This is a periodic occurrence for me, and each time I have grown impatient with the Lord. He brings to me someone new for me to help to speak into their life or to disciple. But then I think, “Okay, Lord, do they really need me any longer?” And then I wonder, “Who or what do you have for me next?” Every time I am thoroughly amazed.
And I also think about what Joseph had to go through – years of imprisonment and slavery, false accusations, and injustice. God has a reason for everything, and we do not have the foresight or knowledge that He has of what His plans are. This morning Kathie reminded me of one of my favorite Scriptures in first Peter chapter one: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though for a little while if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (II Peter 1:3-9).