Meditate on Genesis 2:2 (NIV) “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.”
It’s probably a good thing that God made man last. Can you imagine it? Day One God makes man. The remaining six days would have probably gone something like the following. “No, no God why don’t you put it here instead?” “Hurry God we need to take care of this it is urgent. It’s definitely a priority over the sun and moon.”
Isn’t that how we are though? As soon as an affliction occurs or a need surfaces we send our desperate cries and pleading prayers up to God begging for immediate relief. We make suggestions of how this wasn’t in our plan. Even Jesus did this. The bible says He prayed and suggested that if God was willing to let the cup of suffering pass from Him (Luke 22:42).
We read the account of creation in Genesis 2 and we can rest assured that if God can form every detail of creation in only seven days He is not without the power to answer our prayers quickly. However, He also knows the order of events that need to occur to accomplish His purposes. So we can trust that He will act quickly when the time is right, and He will not rest until His work in His people is complete.
Prayer: God, thank you for the reminder that you are powerful enough to quickly change my circumstances, but that you know what is best for your people. Lord, I pray that you give me patient endurance for the areas of my life where I have to wait for your purposes to unfold. Thank you that your ways are higher than my suggestions, and Lord be the strength I need to trust your perfect timing. In Jesus’ name amen.
Application: What is an area of your life that God is seemingly being slow to move?
How does Genesis 2:2 challenge the ways you may be praying about the circumstance?
Pray Genesis 2:2 over what came to mind and ask Him to give you glimpses of the way that He is working in your waiting to accomplish His will.