Someday, but not today.

by Kevin on June 23, 2010

As I pick myself up off the ground and spit dirt from my dry mouth, I think to myself, “Why in the world am I doing this?” It’s a question that I have asked myself many times. Why do I continually try to teach the youngest, dumbest, most hard headed horses that ever walked God’s great pastures how to carry a cowboy.

There is nothing like the feeling of remembering when a horse would try to kill you the first time underneath a saddle and then you get to show off his progress 30 days later. This progress in small at first. You celebrate the small victories that don’t seem like much in the beginning. You heave a sigh of relief when you first get the saddle cinched up tight. You enjoy the first ride that doesn’t involve a physical altercation. You smile at that first good “whoa”. These are what keeps a cowboy coming back for more.

In a society that thrives on instant gratification, Christians are warned about the dangers of living such a lifestyle. That commercial for J.G. Wentworth is American attitude in all it’s glory. “It’s my money and I need it now!”

How many of us today would have worked seven years of hard labor just to marry the woman we were in love with? Jacob was then decieved into marrying his beloved’s older sister and had to work another seven years for Rachel. Most people today can’t wait until they are married to have sex and Jacob worked fourteen years to have the woman he loved.

David wanted to build God a permanent temple, but God said that he wouldn’t be able to. That task would fall to his son, Solomon. Noah continued building a huge boat and waited on the rain that God said would come. All the while being ridiculed for doing so. Ezekiel laid on his side for a total of 430 days.

There is something a little bit magical about not seeing instant results. It helps us to be thankful for the small things on our journey through life for Christ. My prayers for the woman that God meant for me went on for years and years, but I didn’t actually find her until I was 29.

One of the greatest men of the Bible was blessed with an amazing gift. It was so amazing that he would never personally see it.

Acts 7:5 – But God gave him no inheritance here, not even one square foot of land. God did promise, however, that eventually the whole land would belong to Abraham and his descendants—even though he had no children yet.

God promises us all eternal peace and happiness. He promises us perfection without stain of sin or wart of worry. The problem is, he didn’t promise it here on earth. His promise will be fulfilled by those who love his Son and put their trust and faith in Him. His promise will not happen until we leave this world for the place that was prepared for us.

Quit worrying about when all your hard work will pay off. Trust me, it will. Quit looking for your reward on earth, it will come later. Just sit back and let Jesus fill your life and hang on tight. When you have Jesus in your heart down here, that’s all you will ever need. When your time comes and the long trail ride starts, then you will wonder why you ever bothered being discontented. It will all be worth it just to walk side by side with Him. You will have your reward someday, but probably not today.

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  • This blessed me today. I just read a devotion by John Piper talking about “sowing in tears” and how sometimes our emotions will tempt us to “hang it up” but we will ourselves to keep walking in the calling God has for that day. Tears and all. We may not see the results today, like you said, but God will reward faithfulness. He will bless obedience. That is just the kind of Father He is. Thanks!!!

  • Goes right along with 1 Cor. 13:4 – Love is PATIENT. OH I hate that word. Now I suppose I could argue the ascendancy of Kingdom Now Theology, but I won’t. Mainly b/c it’s too early as I write this, but I love the point you make. Sowing takes time, for our crop to grow and mature takes time, and reaping the rewards of labor takes time. It’s even harder in an online age when everything is about how fast this page or that movie or the other picture can load.

    Great word!

  • The thins in life that I have to labor for, wait for, save for, pray for, sacrifice for, etc… are the things that bring a sense of satisfaction.

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