Barbara Higby

Purpose in the Pause

Not without Purpose #1

You’re ready, prepared, eager. Your running shoes are on and your adrenaline’s pumping—but your life resembles a picture paused on your TV screen. Nothing’s happening.

How many times have we heard the tired words, Sometimes God doesn’t say yes or no—He says wait. I call them “tired words” because we’re tired of hearing them. They’re too pat, too trite… too true.

We’re too impatient to pause, but there is purpose in the pause. Our life is not on hold without reason.

Peter gives us insight about the pause in his words about Jesus’ return: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness” because in God’s timetable “a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8-9). God is not slow and not without purpose—He’s waiting with reason and preparing things for maximum impact.

God promised Israel a land of plenty, a homeland lush and fertile, but they were captives in Babylon. As they sat by streams weeping for home, God’s promise was on a seventy-year pause, but Jeremiah delivered a multi-faceted word from God. (Jer. 29:10-14, 5-7)

♦ He renewed His promise of their homeland: they would return to it. Good news!

♦ He made assurances we cling to today: “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Yay, God, we love those words!

♦ He told them how to live during the pause: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce… Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.” God, this is not what we want to hear!

In the pause, we’re to make ourselves at home and increase, not decrease. We can do this when we believe God’s plans are for our blessing, to prosper us and make us more, not less.

Be expectant, multiply, and praise God.

There’s a divine purpose in your pause.

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