That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. John 6:16-17 (NLT)
This verse struck me during my meditation time recently. I mean it practically stood up and slapped me.
When Jesus still hadn’t come back, they left without him.
What happened here? They got impatient and left. Left without their Savior. Left without the one they committed their lives to.
Why? Because he wasn’t fast enough for them. One of the key words in this scripture is “still.” They’d waited but he still hadn’t come back to them.
We all have. Maybe we’re believing for a loved one’s salvation, or for a family member to be delivered from addiction. Maybe we’re believing for a job, or a house, or a breakthrough in some area of our lives. At one time or another, we’ve all reached the point where we decide he isn’t moving fast enough, so we take over.
And we all know what usually happens. In this verse, it nearly got the Apostles killed.
This verse reminded me of what one of our pastors once told us when we were eager to move halfway across the country. He said, “If you’re going to miss God’s timing, it’s always better to be behind him then ahead of him.”
Is your prayer, God give me patience NOW?
Can you remember a time you got impatient with God? What happened?