The usual quips my friends and I have if we ever have to wait a long time for our food to arrive is that perhaps ‘the rice is still in the field’, or ‘they had to charter a boat to go catch the fish after we ordered’. It is unkind to the service staff, I must admit, because I am sure that they were doing their best to cope with the orders. But isn’t that the attitude we have toward our Father when we don’t see our prayers answered? Maybe He is not ready. Maybe He has to work through someone else and that person is not ready. Maybe the position I am waiting for or the house that I want is currently occupied by someone and I need to wait for them to vacate. Beloved, Jesus wants you to know that that could not be further from the truth. When it comes to provision, blessings and His purpose for our lives, they are all ready, because He is always ready. The problem is, sometimes we are the ones not yet ready to receive.

John the Baptist, toward the end of his career, shared this revelation.

“The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!” John 3:34-35 [MSG]

Our Father turned all things over to Jesus. Why? So that He could show off? So that He could lord it over us, His creation? No, so that He could give it away; lavishly distributing the gifts. And this was proven by Jesus’ actions when He was walking this earth. He healed the lepers (Matthew 8 and Luke 17), He healed the lady with the flow of blood (Mark 5), He raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) and Lazarus (John 11) from the dead, He turned water into wine (John 2), He healed Peter’s mother from her fever, He did distance healing on the Centurion’s servant (Matthew 8), He made the blind to see (John 9) and the lame to walk (John 5) and forgave sins. Not only that, Jesus made it His deliberate effort to reach out to the social outcasts. He just gave and gave and gave. And never did He tell those who called out to Him to wait; except in the case of Lazarus.

Now, for Lazarus, Jesus chose to wait because He knew that if He had gone immediately, His disciples would not have believed. For He told them,

“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.” John 11:14-15
Jesus also knew that the delay was necessary so that Martha could fully see the glory of God, as He told her.

“Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40

Was there ever any doubt that Jesus could raise Lazarus at the point when He was asked? Of course, not. Jesus was not taking the time to store up ‘life points’, the way some characters have to in computer games. He could heal anytime and from anywhere, just like He did with the Centurion’s servant. So the healing was there. The gift was ready. It was the recipients who were not.

Remember what Joshua learnt when he sent spies into Jericho?

“I know the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:9-11

The target had already been ‘soften’ years ago, the moment Israel left Egypt. The land was theirs for the taking. The people of Jericho were already afraid long before Israel reached the borders and Moses sent in the first spies. Yet, when the first spies came back, this was how they felt.

“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.” Numbers 13:27-28

It was not the land that was not ready; the people were the ones who were not ready. For this was how they responded.

“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”” Numbers 14:1-4

And it took them one generation to be ready.

Beloved, just as David said,

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5

Jesus’ supply is always ready, because our Father has already put everything into His hand. For remember, that Jesus did this,

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” John 13:3-5

Jesus knew that all things had been given into His hands. And what did He choose to do with it? He chose to serve us. Now mind you, He was under no illusions as to the quality of our character because,

“During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.” John 2:23-25 [MSG]

Yet, He chose to lavish the blessings of Heaven on us. Indeed, beloved,

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;” John 3:16-17 [MSG]

Do you think Jesus can ever be unprepared?

Beloved, Jesus told His disciples after He ministered to the Samaritan woman,

“These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!” John 4:35 [MSG]
And who was reaping?

“Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” John 4:39 [MSG]

And if you think she was given this privilege because she was holy,

“Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” John 4:17-18 [MSG]

She was one whom we would consider to be of ‘questionable background’. And so too it is for us who believe and are imperfect,

“For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”” John 4:37-38 [MSG]

Who labored? Who sowed the seeds? Jesus did. Our Father did. The Holy Spirit did. And we just enter into the fruits of their labor. Beloved, that is how ready our Father is, Jesus is, to bless us and provide for us. And that is all we need to do to receive, enter in.

Yet beloved, remember,

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” 1 Peter 1:17 [MSG]

So if you are not yet ready to receive, that is why He tarries. So then, how do we get ready?

“But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].” John 3:21 [AMPC]

We step into Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12), and let Him prompt us, let Him help us and depend completely on Him. And as a result, we end up doing what is right.

Beloved, Jesus Blesses As You Are Able and Jesus Gives Customized Solutions. Let Him who began a good work in you continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Philippians 1:6 [AMPC])

Because once you are ready, you will step into all that He has planned and purposed for your good.

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