"When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, 'I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.' And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised." Hebrews 6:13-15
How can faith exist if the believer never waits? Between the promise and the result, there is a space that can be filled with either faith or fear.
On the theme of legacy, we must address the act of waiting. As humans, we want results. Although, not everyone wants a result for self-gratification. Sometimes we want results to help remind us we are headed in the right direction. Something that says "keep up the good work." In life's uncertainty, it's nice to hear gratitude, encouragement, or even receive recognition for what we are doing. After a few thank you's anyone can be motivated to keep blazing forward, right? But as I explore this theme of legacy, I am learning it doesn't always work that way.
Galatians 6:9 says "Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in time we will reap a harvest if we don't give up." If we are to live a legacy lifestyle, we might just have to get use to doing good without reassurance. We are also going to have to build up some confidence in the good we are doing since we aren't going to have the encouragement from others. Our confidence won't come from our righteousness, but from knowing the good we put into the world has a reach beyond our vision. Even the smallest act of kindness or obedience to God could change the trajectory of someone's life (including your own). Satan knows this and does everything he can to make us feel like we don't make a difference and nothing we do really matters.
The truth is, when we buy into the ripple effect of obedience, we may never see the results for ourselves. God promised Abraham his descendants would outnumber the stars, but that legacy began with only two sons when Abraham was one hundred years old. Despite their age, Abraham and Sarah birthed the entire Hebrew nation. In their waiting, God became close to them. He wanted to hear the desires of their hearts come out of their mouths to demonstrate who He is, not what He can do. Even when their hearts were prepared for the blessing, the magnitude of the nation of Israel could not be understood in their lifetime. This is why we must cling to Galatians 6:9. We have no idea what God will do with the good we are doing. While Paul was imprisoned, he wrote letters to life-giving churches that manifested into the New Testament of God's Word. Forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement, our nation elected its first black president. In the moment, neither man knew how history would remember them, they just knew they were obeying God.
If hindsight is 2020, then let's use this year to be inspired by obedience-- the people that cling to the right thing regardless of the speed of results. We are so often enamored with fortune and fame, but this year, let's look for the tireless seed planters. Seek the company of those who lay the foundation of a legacy with patience and a smile. They don't know when the harvest is coming, they just know it won't come at all if they give up. "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD" Psalm 27:14. His timing is never wrong and your place is never overlooked. Not knowing every step is a blessing. If we knew every step, we would try to dodge every difficult season, manipulate other people, and cheat our way to the finish line. God cannot bless artificial obedience.
As God is working in you, look forward to who you will be at the end of this process. You might think you are struggling, but the eyes that are watching you choose the Lord are being inspired and convicted in their own way. Stay the course, you are making waves! OBEDIENCE WILL TAKE YOU PLACES EXPERIENCE NEVER COULD.