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Verse: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 (NIrV)
Big Idea: God’s plans take time.
Have you ever had to wait on something good? Whether you’re waiting for cookies to bake in the oven or waiting for a special day like Christmas, waiting is never easy. But the best things in life often take time.
The same thing is true for God’s plans. Remember Joseph? He was only seventeen years-old when God told him he had big plans for his life, but none of those dreams would come true for another thirteen years. Thirteen years! That’s a long wait.
Imagine waiting thirteen years for cookies to bake or thirteen years for your next birthday. Joseph had to wait thirteen years before God’s plan became reality.
In the meantime, Joseph went through some hard times. After his brothers sold him as a slave, the slave traders took him to the land of Egypt, where he didn’t have any friends.
Joseph went to work for a guy named Potiphar and did a great job. In fact, Potiphar put him in charge of his entire household. Unfortunately, Potiphar’s wife wasn’t very nice. She told a lie about Joseph and got him thrown into prison.
While Joseph was in jail, he kept working hard. Just like in Potiphar’s house, Joseph was put in charge of the whole place.
Eventually, Joseph met a butler who worked for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Joseph did the butler a favor, and the guy told him he would help Joseph once he got out of jail. But when the butler was released, he forget all about Joseph. That meant Joseph had to wait some more.
One day, though, a couple of years later, God’s dreams for Joseph finally came true. Joseph got his big break, was released from prison and became Pharaoh’s number one helper. In this new job, God used Joseph to save many lives.
Sure, Joseph had to wait a long time to get there, but none of this waiting time was wasted. God used the waiting to prepare Joseph for something awesome. God put Joseph in Egypt so he could someday work for Pharaoh. God had Joseph work for Potiphar and for the prison warden to teach him the skills he would need to carry out God’s big plans.
Even more importantly, God wanted Joseph to wait because the waiting time taught Joseph to trust God and depend on God for everything he needed. Joseph would need to depend on God to do the big job God was preparing him to do.
Think About It
What are you waiting for right now? Are you having a hard year at school, and you’re waiting for summer break? Are you having trouble making friends, and you’re waiting for God to send you someone to hang out with? Are you struggling with something at home and waiting for God to make it better?
Whatever you’re waiting for, remember that God is working for our good even when we can’t see what he’s up to. He can use the tough stuff we go through to prepare us for our future just like he did for Joseph. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (NIrV).
Remember, God’s plans take time. So, whatever you’re going through, trust that God is good, has a good plan for your life and will work everything out when the time is right.
Pray About It
God, it’s hard to wait. Help me to remember that you are good and have a good plan for my life no matter what. Please help me to trust you. Amen.
Talk About It
- What are the hardest things for you to wait on? Food? A break from school? A special day?
- If you could tell God to hurry up and answer one prayer right now, what would it be?
- How can God use something hard in your life to make you more like Jesus or to help others in some way?
It’s one thing to say we trust God when life is good. It’s a whole other thing to say we trust him when everything is falling apart. God never promised us an easy life, but even in the midst of difficult circumstances, he is at work. In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (NLT). God’s plan and power are bigger than our problems. We can trust that he is for us, with us and working on our behalf even when we don’t see his hand at work. What are you waiting for right now from God? How can you keep your eyes on him during this season? Who can you invite to walk with you and encourage you along the way?
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