Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Payoff And Promise

A convicting, no, an extremely convicting post form Luke MacDonald:



King David.

First ballot hall-of-fame Christian leaders. All of them have something huge in common. Guess what it is?

wait… seriously what comes to your mind that is true about all of them.

Movement Starter

Extraordinary Leader

Revival Generator

Yes. But the most amazing thing about all of them is huge amount of waiting in their lives.

Abraham waited for decades for Isaac, the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Moses wandered for years out in the wilderness (literally and figuratively) thinking about his own people enslaved in Egypt.

Both by himself out watching the sheep and in the many years after he was annointed King while Saul was still on the throne, David was in flux.

In a sermon i heard recently… it was described this way.

In between.

Promise (what God has said he will do)


Payoff (the fruition of God’s plan in a persons life)

is Process

It would be foolish not to recognize that the time of waiting is preparation. God was growing those men into someone capable of killing a giant, willingly sacrificing a son, or parting the Red Sea.

I find myself many times demanding the payoff. If God has given me a vision for something why hasn’t it happened yet.

simply put– I may not be ready for it.

May God give you the courage to live faithfully and hopefully in all seasons of process.

—-the longer a slingshot is pulled back, the farther it flies.——-

1 comment:

Christopher Lake said...


On the subject of waiting... I am 35 years old (36 next month), single, dependent on slow (and sometimes unreliable) buses to get around, and still trying to find a job. God's ways are definitely not our ways, brother! :-) Some people wait all of their lives and then discover that what God wanted for them was very different from what they wanted.

Probably the best thing is to want what we want in this life (as long as it is Godly) and yet be completely open to the possibility that God may want something utterly different for us. That seems to be the tension in which Christians are called to live in this earthly life.