I love cherries, specifically fresh Bing cherries. Summer and cherries go hand-in-hand for me. It’s one of my favorite things! I have been known to make a meal out of cherries. I absolutely love them. Maraschino, Rainer, even frozen Bing do not compare. It has to be deep scarlet fresh summer Bing cherries. They’re only in season in the summer and if you go for them too early in the season, they’re not as sweet or satisfying. It’s worth it to wait till the peak of the season to enjoy them to the fullest.
I’m walking through a season where God has promised me something, but I am not seeing it yet. (Enter doubt and unbelief.) Everything in the physical realm is telling me it will not happen, while God keeps speaking to trust. The enemy attacks the promise, trying to get me to focus on the seen. While God, ever so patiently, reminds me to believe and focus on Him. My word for the year (more on that in another post) is “believe” for a reason and there is much to learn while the promise unfolds. God is revealing that there is an equipping He wants to do. It’s about so much more than this one thing; it’s about all He wants to do through me in my lifetime. He’s teaching me how to exercise my faith and belief to grow deep roots into His character and build endurance to conquer the enemy.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:8-9, 12, 14 NKJV
The Word of God promises that those who trust in Him will be blessed. The Word of God promises that those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. If we do not have the good thing yet, does that make God a liar? Or could it be because it’s not quite good yet? While I do not always understand His timing, I know He is not a liar so I have to place my belief in the fact that the good thing isn’t quite ready.
God knows good. He is good. When we don’t have something yet, it’s not because God doesn’t want to give it to us. It’s just not the right season. It hasn’t ripened. We have to trust His timing and His faithfulness. We cannot rush things that are not in season. If we do, like the cherries, it will leave us with a bitter taste in our mouths. He does promise if we cry out to Him, He will deliver us. He always delivers on a promise. Part of understanding deliverance is understanding what promise is delivered and when.
He wants to deliver us from doubt and despair to restore peace and joy. He never wants our peace and joy to be contingent on circumstances, rather He wants it to be contingent on His character. It may not be the time to deliver on a promise you’re waiting for, but it is always time for Him to deliver peace and joy. God is all about the process. He doesn’t have to make promises. He could instead simply say “Here you go, enjoy this!” exactly when the time is right. But God wants so much more for His children. He wants to build the faith we have in His character. He wants to deepen our relationship with Him. He gives us a promise out of season so we learn to trust in and rely on Him and His goodness to bring it to pass, not the fruit of the promise. He wants us to know that He is enough, that nothing outside of Him can fulfill like He can. He wants us to know He is good and can be trusted. When we cry out to Him to deliver us, He gives us a deeper revelation of Himself and His faithfulness which in turn restores our joy and peace to carry us through the waiting.
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9 NKJV
The part about putting our trust (faith and belief) under His wings paints a beautiful picture. I see it as this box we’re holding onto. We may be under His wing, but we might be holding onto our trust box afraid to let it go. He may have given you a promise too, but we’re not meant to hold onto it apart from Him. We are to set it down next to us, releasing it back to Him, trusting He will deliver on it at the proper time. We have to set it down under His wing for safekeeping, instead of holding onto it trying to bring it about in our own strength. Holding onto our trust box demonstrates a lack of trust in Him. It’s really hard to pick up the peace and joy He freely gives us when your hands are full with doubt and unbelief. We allow our lack of faith to prohibit us from receiving all He has for us, receiving all of Him.
I have said lately that if you are lacking peace or joy, it’s an indicator something is out of alignment with God. I’ve been out of alignment the past few days and I’ve held onto it longer than I should have. It’s funny how we can know something to tell others, but it can take a while for us to truly apply it for ourselves. When peace or joy is lacking, our focus is off. We have taken our eyes of the Lord and His faithfulness and put it somewhere else. We have to realign our sight onto Him. We have to set our trust box back down. We have to trust in His character not our circumstances.
We must learn to trust Him. We must learn to trust His timing, not because it makes sense to us, but because He makes sense to us. We must release our trust to Him so we can learn to be abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Him, apart from all else. God wants His children to know Him, love Him, and trust Him because that is when we are most fulfilled.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-5 NKJV
The Lord is good. He is faithful. He can be trusted. We must allow Him to teach us how to align ourselves to His will, His timing, and His process. There is a process. It takes time. We must trust Him through it. His will is worth it. We must allow our hearts to share His and delight ourselves in Him, regardless of circumstances. Every step of the journey, every second of it, good, bad, easy, ugly, difficult is doing something. It’s teaching us to delight in God above all else. He loves to delight the hearts of His children. He loves to reveal His intimate involvement in our lives. He loves to speak to us. If we are so focused on getting the desires of hearts, we may completely miss the fact that the greatest desire, the core and foundation of all our other desires, is Him.