Don’t forget the things that He has done before
And remember He can do it all once more
These are two very powerful lines from one of my favorite songs Haven’t Seen it Yet by Danny Gokey, and they’ve led me to really consider and be encouraged by all of the things that our Father has done for his children since the very beginning of time. Each one is unique and beautiful, but one of the most interesting things I’ve noticed in every miracle story is that Yah waited.
Yah waited until Abraham and Sarah were far beyond childbearing years before he gifted them with Isaac. He waited until the Hebrews were completely trapped before he parted the Red Sea and led them across on solid ground. It wasn’t until Job was stripped of all his material things that Yah restored to him twice what he had before. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not saved from the flames until after they were thrown into the fiery furnace, and Daniel spent all night in the lion’s den. The man born blind must has struggled with “why” for his entire life before Messiah healed him. The woman who touched the hem of his garment had been afflicted for the previous seven years. Yeshua waited for four days before going to Lazarus’ tomb and bringing him back to life.
Yah deliberately waits until circumstances are completely, totally, out of human control before working a miracle. I know he has more reasons for doing this than I could count, but a few jumped out at me as so obvious and amazing. It’s so that we learn to depend on and trust only him. So we have no doubt it’s Him alone who has restored us. So he can do whatever he needs to do perfectly, without us interfering. So we will always be able to proclaim that he is still faithful to us today, and so our testimonies will have the seal of his power and love on them to the end of time.
Even when I have no control over the circumstances, the things I can control are my prayers, faith, hope, joy, and obedience. These are so crucial: I can’t have hope and joy in my daily life if there’s no faith to rest it on, and I certainly can’t pray and have faith that Yah will provide a miracle if I’m not first walking in obedience to him. Honestly, taking responsibility for all of these keeps my hands, heart and mind more than busy and helps me learn to be content in leaving the rest up to my Father’s perfect judgment and timing.
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. ~Psalm 131:1
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:24-28
It’s like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet