I’m waiting for then. I realized just how many stories turn on a “then”. “Then” can change everything, especially when God is involved.
For instance, the other morning I was reading some stories about faith in the book of Matthew. They were stories where Jesus rewarded faith in impossible situations. He rewarded them with a “then”.
There was the story of two blind guys who cried out for mercy from Jesus. He asked them if they believed that He was able to heal them. They answered yes. Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you”. (Matthew 9:29)
There’s the story of a paralyzed man who had really good friends. They brought him to Jesus, and Jesus saw their faith. Then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed and go to your house”. And he arose and departed to his house. (Matthew 9:6-7)
A military commander came to Jesus, pleading with Him to heal his servant who was “dreadfully tormented” with illness. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way, and as you have believed, so let it be done for you”. And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
These are big, bold, miraculous, life-changing “thens” and there’s no reason to believe God isn’t still in the business of them. It’s not just about Jesus healing blindness and paralysis and things that torment us. It’s about God recognizing the kind of faith that believes He can do what He says He will do.
I’m going to keep believing. And I’ll wait for then.