God is a just and fair judge. There is no one on this planet who can be as fair as His judgement. I was reading tonight from Genesis 15, the story of the “Covenant of the Halfs.” I was stopped in my reading when I came across verse 16:
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
The New Living Translation reads that verse like this:
After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.
Wow. The thought of God waiting to give His chosen people their land, and allowing them to live for 400 years in Egyptian captivity was all about Him being perfectly fair by waiting to judge another people for their sin ONLY when it warranted destruction gives me chills.
Too often we expect God to give us what He promised NOW. When it doesn’t happen, we give up on it. It’s not His promises that are flawed, it’s our patience! Many times the fullness of God’s call and promise on our lives won’t come until something former has ran its course. We may be praying to God for our chance at the dream, but on the other side of that may be the person working in that job, living in your dream home, dominating that market, or ministering to that city that is begging God for one more chance to stay. God’s holding pattern may not be about you after all. It could all be about His mercy to give someone else every possible opportunity to make it right.