From the Author
Running home to my dear mother, severely increased the effectiveness of the snake venom and placed my life in great jeopardy. Doctors gave little chance of my survival and suggested that my parents contact their pastor or priest for last rights.
While unconscious, I experienced a physical presence in a blinding white light that comforted and informed me that I would not die. In miracle after miracle, I survived this horrific ordeal and began my search for the person who spoke to me while unconscious, during this near-death experience.
After examining the claims of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the empirical evidence which supports evidence for the existence of God, at the age of 19, I went forward at Calvary Chapel Church in southern California to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, realizing that He was the person who had spoken to me and preserved my life, 12 years before.
From the Inside Flap
The Plans of God Take Time
There have been many books written, regarding our need to "wait upon the Lord." The idea behind these publications is that God requires human beings to wait for Him to unfold His will in their lives. This book is slightly different in that it describes these gaps of time in the lives of people as moments when the Lord waits for us. The reasons are many and diverse--but the purposes are the same: The Lord waits for us to catch up to the plans and purposes that He has for us. He is always ready to move each one of us into the next step of our lives. It is we who often take side journey's along the way and frequently stop altogether. On some occasions, we pray and seek the Lord's help or His will, and unbeknownst to us, we are slightly ahead of His schedule. Other times, when we have wandered off the path He has chosen, He must stop and wait for us to return. In all of these examples, it is the Lord who waits for us; not that we must wait for Him--as if He is too busy at the present time to take care of our needs.
As we observe the real lives of certain people in the Bible, we realize that God has written these stories so that we can observe how He leads people and the manner in which He works in the lives of those who love Him.
We learn that in these moments, the Lord is very loving and patient with us and He simply stops what He is doing in our life and waits for us to return to the path He has planned. It is a fact of human life, that the Lord must take many of these slow excursions with us because we are so hesitant to learn. How wonderful it is that His compassion is such that He is willing to take as much time as necessary, to bring us along the journey that He has in mind.
We see that the Lord, who is called "Jesus" by name, is also referred to as the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the universe," by the Book of Revelation. This tells us that before God made the stars and planets, before the first man existed, God knew that we would require a Savior who would come and give His life for us. Though Jesus is described as our Savior--before anything existed, He did not arrive on the earth as the Messiah until some 4,000 years after Adam's creation.
This is one of the clearest examples of how the Lord has waited for us, from the beginning, for a very long period of time.
In the mind of God, Jesus was the Savior of all the descendants of Adam, before He made anything else. Jesus volunteered to be our Savior, knowing that Adam would sin against God and all of his future descendants would also be lost. God waited for 4,000 years before sending Jesus, to allow the natural process of time to permit all the events necessary--to occur first, before Jesus arrived to die for the sins of the world.
"But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." --Galatians 4:4
God allowing time to pass, before He acts or completes His will in the life of a person, is really very common in the narrative of the Bible.
- God promised Abraham a son, but it took a long process of time before Isaac was born.
- God told Noah that a great flood would destroy the earth but He allowed a long process of time before this judgement arrived.
- God called the nation of Israel to be the spokesman for the Messiah--to reveal Him to the world, yet Israel was in slavery in Egypt for 400 years.
- Jesus promised that He would return to earth for His church--2,000 years ago. God has chosen to wait for the purpose of allowing people enough time to repent of their sins and receive Jesus as their Savior
When the Lord waits, we are the beneficiaries of His pauses. In those moments when we do not see the Lord moving in our life, these are the opportunities for a thorough examination of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are as a person. If we will stop and consider why the Lord is waiting, we may find that we have strayed from the Lord and need to return and trust Him once again.