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He will do all His will. Think about that. It doesn’t say some of His will, or the parts of His will that relate directly to you. it says all of His will.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world’s that we just push aside the parts of His will that aren’t directly related to us. Well, actually sometimes may be a little weakly stated, when in reality it’s pretty much 99.9% of the time that we push aside what all His will may actually mean in the grand scheme of things.

Just recently I received a prayer request email about two young Israeli men who have been called back into active military duty since the recent attacks on Israel. So? You may ask, doesn’t that happen all the time?

And, the answer would be yes, unfortunatley, attacks on Israel happen more often than not. But, it wasn’t the fact that the young men were being called back into active duty because of these attacks that caught my eye, it was what one of them said about it.

He talked about the honor of serving in the standing army in Israel, and more than that what an honor it was to serve in the only standing army to exist since the time’s of King David.

Since the Time’s of King David? That was more than 2,000 years ago. In looking at what little I know about that part of history. I do know that after the period of the kings in Israel’s history, that even if they lived in the land the LORD had promised them, they had no standing army until they once again were brought back to their land then recognized as a country in 1948.

Over two thousand years is a long time to go without a standing army, yet they remained a people and were brought back to their land where they now have the ability to defend themselves.

Think about that in the context of the LORD doing all His will. I mean, really, just sit and think about the enormity of that. Ask yourself, what other people could be essentially displaced from their homeland and remain a nation, a people, for over 2,000 years then return and regain their land to the point that they now have a standing army? Give up? The answer is no others, only Israel.

Why? Simply put, because when the LORD says He will do something, whether it’s on a national scale that seemingly has little do with our little worlds, or an intensely personal promise that He’s whispered in your ear, He does it. Period.

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”

Isaiah 46:10

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God’s ways are not our ways. His timing is not our timing. His is always perfect while ours, well, it’s a little dicey to say the least. We want everything yesterday, but, the raw fact is that usually we’re not ready for it until tomorrow.

In general, I like to think of myself as someone with an average patience quotient. Sometimes I’m very patient, sometimes not so much so, but there is one consistency about my patience, or lack thereof. Most of the time I’m patient with other people, but not so patient with the LORD and what He may be doing.

It seems like it takes so long for whatever He’s doing to just get done. I try to be patient. I pray for patience. I sit still for about 5 minutes before I’m complaining that it’s  taking longer than a day for Him to do what He’s doing.

I just want Him to hurry up and finish, so we can move on to the next thing. But, He’s not about hurry up, He’s about getting it right and many times that takes a long, long time because it is contingent on us getting with the program. His program.

I was talking with my son about timing and how sometimes things with the LORD take a long time, because He’s getting everything lined up just so which includes the fact that there’s more than just you that needs to be lined up (but that blog is for another time) when an example popped into my mind that I hadn’t thought of for a long time.

I am extremely blessed by the LORD with good friends who know Him well. Friends with whom, in a regular conversation,  invariably and inevitably bring up the LORD more than just a few times, and definitely not in a passing manner.

But, it wasn’t always this way for me. Although I have had good friends for years, when my son was in kindergarten I prayed fervently for friends, or one friend who knew Him well. Friends who believed Him, not just believed in Him, but believed Him. In short, I prayed for friends who were rooted and grounded in Him, and knew Him in a personal way.

At the time, I didn’t know that was what I was praying, I just asked for friends who knew Him. But, He knew what I was praying for and set about answering it. And when did the LORD answer my prayer? He blessed me with the first of those friends when my son was in the sixth grade, seven years after I prayed that prayer.

As I finished up the story, my son piped up with my friend’s name ‘I know who it is,’ he said. Among all the wonderful believing people I know, he knew exactly who it was I was talking about.

I consider this one friend a true sister of my heart in the LORD. Sometimes she says to me how she had pretty much given up that someone like me existed to have a friendship in the LORD with.

The times she has said this, it has made me think, that even a couple of years earlier that wouldn’t have been the case. I was definitely at arm’s length from the LORD and it took a great deal for Him to get me where I am today, which takes us right back to His perfect timing.

In looking back, at the time I prayed for that friend, or friend’s, who knew Him well, I wasn’t close enough to Him for Him to give that gift to me. I needed to progress in Him, which is sometimes why the wait seems so long for Him to answer those fervent prayers of our hearts for things that He wants to give us and only He can fulfill. He has to get us to the place where we can receive them, which can take a very, very long time.

“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.”

Psalm 139:1

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