Bible Devotions

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

on May 6, 2011

I’m sure you’re heard the saying “good things come to those who wait”.  It’s true and it’s biblical.  Look at Romans 2:7-8 NKJV “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath”.

Can you think of good things you had to wait for?  How about a college degree?  Was a college degree simply handed to you one day?  No.  You earned it by enduring many hours of studying, taking classes and tests.  As a result, you completed the steps to obtain the degree.  How about a baby?  Once you decide to have a baby, did you become pregnant right away? Not usually, because it takes the right timing for your egg and your spouse’s sperm to come together making a baby.  After the egg and sperm meet, did the baby just pop out?  Of course not, it took 9 months to grow into a fully developed baby.

Why then do we assume when we get married we’ll “live happily ever after” with no difficulties?  This is ridiculous.  But I’m sad to say I found myself there at one time.  As a result my marriage relationship was not doing so well.  Good things come to those who wait. Yes, but that’s only half the story.  Good things come to those who work at it. 

A good marriage doesn’t just happen.  It’s takes time to develop.  In the Lesson 4 of the Sacred Marriage Bible Study Gary Thomas mentions that it takes couples 10 to 15 years for a couple to finally stop thinking of themselves as individuals and to begin thinking of themselves as a unified “we”.  Did you ever stop to think about that?  It takes a long time for us to understand our new roles and identities once we’re married.   The Bible says “the two shall become one flesh”.  That word “become” indicates a process that takes time. 

Every marriage is bound to have difficulties.  That’s a fact of life when two sinners attempt to live together for the rest of their lives.  Look at what the Bibles teaches us on how to approach life’s difficulties. James 1:2-4 NKJV “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  Difficulties in life help us mature, if we allow them too.  Hang in there when you find yourself in a rough patch.  It’s gets better and if you’re open to it you might learn something from the experience.  Don’t give up during difficulties in marriage.  Anyone can do that.  You’ve got God on your side and He’ll help you endure the difficult parts and grow you in the process. 

Speaking from personal experience, my husband and I once were on the verge of divorce.  However, with perseverance, we stuck out the difficulties of our marriage.  As a result, we were blessed with renewed hearts, restored marriage and a second child!  We’ve been married now for almost 19 years and I’m happy to say “I’m glad we decided to persevere”. 

Lord, thank you for your goodness.  Thank you for saving good things for those who persevere.  Help us during the difficulties of life turn to you that we may become mature.  Thank you for your blessings that come when we seek you diligently through the rough patches in life.  In Jesus’ name Amen.   

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6 responses to “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

  1. cumby says:

    “it takes couples 10 to 15 years for a couple to finally stop thinking of themselves as individuals and to begin thinking of themselves as a unified “we”.”

    Oh, Oh! We’re almost at 22 years and still haven’t quite gotten there yet.

    “Hang in there when you find yourself in a rough patch. It’s gets better and if you’re open to it you might learn something from the experience. Don’t give up during difficulties in marriage.”

    That’s advice I’ll take.

  2. We’re reaching 19 years and still working on it too! But God has been soooo good to show me areas I can work on with the help of His Spirit.

  3. Erica says:

    This really touch my heart. I am on the verge of getting married and we have been together for 3 years. I need to ask you married couples a question and when you answer this question let the spirit talk to you not your flesh or what the world says. Him and I have not had sex since December of 31st 2010 and we along the way have masturbated to substitute sex ( which is still sex) but we have stop!!! Thank God for the strength. What I wanted to know is should we be living together even though we sleep in the same room but different beds and we don’t have no kind of sex that pleases us ( masturbation, sex, anal, or oral). I am 25 and he is 28? One of the reason that I am really commenting is because I have had At&t on my mind every since I had the testing assessment and the interview. I pass both of them and from August 26th, I have calmed down with the worrying and I am beginning to put it in God’s hands and when you put problems like that in God’s hands you get relief. So I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and I was speaking to God ( I had ask him to let me hear his spirit) and I heard my spirit say,”things comes to those who wait”, So I said to myself there is one more word missing so I type it in the browser and it said, “Good things come to those who wait”. I started praising God and thinking him for giving me that. The reason that came to me was because I was going to go to at&t where I had the interview and ask them how was the hiring process for me going and that is when the spirit spoke to me. I had called the lady, who called me back from California and said that I had passed everything and I am now in the pool with other qualified applicants. So, now I am not waiting anymore but going on with my life and spending time with God and letting him guide me through everything, then doing it on my own.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for visiting us. I’m glad you found us through a search. Welcome. You might consider reading 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 and make your decision based on God’s Word. It sounds like you are looking for work. May God lead you to the place of employment where you may shine brightly for Him and reach others for Jesus! Take care.

  5. Mark says:

    Maybe it is pedantic or OCD or somewhat anal of me to point out but I can’t stand it when you read a relatively good and worthwhile article with typos or mere ignorant mistakes. What happened to proof REEDING? The first one almost convinced me to not read any further. The opening sentence “you’re” instead of “you’ve”, not to mention the use of contractions. Then, “It’s gets better…” not.

  6. no really says:

    It’s ok that you say these things to other women but do you not know 1 Timothy, “11 A woman must learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man. She must remain quiet”. Your husband really needs to get a handle on you…

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