Unpacking God’s Revelation

“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
       and in his word I put my hope.” – Psalm 130:5 (NIV)

One of the joys of social networking websites like Facebook is reestablishing contact with folks I haven’t seen or heard from in years.  Occasionally when this has happened there has been either a face to face reunion or a phone call.  There are so many things that each of you want to share and catch up on that your conversation results in rapid chatter, trying to get everything in before your time together ends.  Usually, I leave and later think, “Oh!  I forgot to tell [him/her] about….!”  Likely there will remain many things to say and share for another time.

I am discovering that our time spent communicating with and receiving communication from God can be sadly similar.  Hopefully, this is not due to any infrequency of time spent, or prolonged absence of our prayer and fellowship with God.  But, I find that when the Holy Spirit does speak clearly to me about some special event or circumstance or prayer concern, I seem to expect Him to download everything He knows, and everything that I want to know at one time.  It’s as though I don’t expect to hear from Him again, so I’d better get it all right now.  More often than not, that’s not how God works in His revelation to us.

When we are faced with some dilemma, or some need, or some decision, if we’re wise, we will bring that to God and listen to hear from Him.  What we too often want and expect in that instance however is an epiphany,  an instant flash of omniscience….a thunder clap moment where we can say, “Wow!  Now I have everything I need to fix this problem, immediately!”  We want God to be like a super-chef who throws the covering off the table to expose some complete, sumptuous seven course meal for us to dive into, devouring the entire thing in one sitting.   Even more than that, we expect Him to cook the entire thing in a microwave, so we don’t have to wait any longer than necessary to dig in.

What we find as God reveals His plan, His purpose and His will, is that the revelation is more akin to the unpacking of a suitcase, than the unloading of a dump truck.  First of all, none of us are equipped to receive the fullness of God’s knowledge and understanding all at one time (our finite minds would burst).  Secondly, He mercifully gives to us what we need as we are prepared to receive it.  And finally, God does things, including giving us the answers we expect and need, according to  His own schedule and perfectly executed plan. 

So, what is it that you’re waiting to hear from the Lord right now?  Approach Him with that desire or need with confidence that He will respond, but ask Him also for the patience to accept it as He gives it.  Sometimes, He might say, “Here is my complete answer for what you require.”  Be ready, however, for God to quietly say, “Here’s what you need for now.  Come back later and I’ll show you some more.”  Maybe He knows that if we get it all at one time, we may not come back at all….and He loves the time with us.


2 Responses to “Unpacking God’s Revelation”

  1. 1 karen
    May 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    wow eddie!! that was an awesome post! exactly where i am right now and kristen and ryan, too. we so want to know the whole answer and forget that it is a journey and God wants us to continually ask and wait and pray for patience as we wait. that is the hard part. thanks so much for your awesome insight. praying for your ministry…

  2. 2 Eddie Williams
    May 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Oh Karen! I wrote this as much for myself as anyone else. If you look up the word “patience” in the dictionary, you will not be likely to find my picture beside it. Ha ha ha! Your model, however, is one that we might all benefit from striving toward. Thank you for your encouragement and for your prayers. Be sure that you and your family have mine in return. Love to you and my friend George!

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