God can wait, He waits on us all. Does He want to wait? Not at all.
God can count His people, but knows He can not always count on His people.
God can count the days, but knows His people don’t always want to count their own. God can do math. God made math. God made order. He knows the best way. He already finished His Way – now we have to be led on it. Know that Revelation is written, it is the Way to the New Beginning, but God’s waiting on His people to get on His Plan.
God hopes His people Hope in the best.
God can hope. God made hope. We also should learn where to place our hope. Not in the world, not even in the people. We are to HOPE in the Lord’s vision, action, deliverance.
God has reminded us, in His Word, that He will set things right. He has righteous plans for forever. He can help you sort thru immediate plans for today. He can even tell you to pull back and wait. He can prod you to keep going.
God will wait.
God will move.
Moses dealt with those who did not want to wait and were forced to wander longer. Actually it was when they wanted to decide everything their own way, so instead they had to wander so much longer. Moses also dealt with those who said: we’ve gone far enough, we will take second best here. You go ahead without us. That’s when Moses said: “Should your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here?” See, what they thought was “good enough” for them meant they were taking the easy way out. Their stopping would have made the rest go ahead without their help – the others would have had to work more. Moses reminded them to continue as “we are all in this together.”
Us too, we really ARE all in this together but individually called. If some start thinking too narrowly then what will remind them to rejoin the battle for the community. It’s not always just about us, actually it’s rarely just about us. That’s why we SERVE God. We serve Him so that others may KNOW HIM.
If God has other plans for any of us – for you for me, then His plans are the best plans. Complacency is a sin. Acceptance of His Plan is a virtue.
Satan teases us into trying to make the best (for ourselves) here on earth. That’s his short-sighted vision trying to distract us into destruction. The best surface-level items of wealth and perceived stability may not last. But the Lord wants us to look LONGTERM, look forever, make the best PLAN for Heaven, best for us and best for others.
God is waiting for us to see Him as BEST. God is awaiting the rest of His flock to pay attention. God can wait until His appointed time. But there will be an end. See Revelation. That end is a new beginning for those who believe.
God will wait before ending our Earth time because there are more souls to save. But He won’t wait forever. God has knowledge that He will lose many children who don’t cross into His Promised Land. He has areas of refuge for those awaiting His judgments. He wants us all to keep moving forward. He wants us all to depend on Him.
The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock. So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon— the land the Lord subdued before the people of Israel—are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock. If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan.”
Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Should your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the Israelites from crossing over into the land the Lord has given them? This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land. After they went up to the Valley of Eshkol and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the Lord had given them. The Lord’s anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath: ‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob— not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’ The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
“And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the place of your fathers and making the Lord even more angry with Israel. If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the wilderness, and you will be the cause of their destruction.”
Then they came up to him and said, “We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children. But we will arm ourselves for battle and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place.
36:13 These are the commands and regulations the Lord gave through Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.
Link to both chapters: 33 and 34
Link to both chapters 35 and 36