The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly…. (Luke 16:8).
When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to open up my Christmas gifts, so one Christmas I went searching to see if I could find any gifts that my mom had hid around the house. As I was sneaking around the home I came across a box with a big giant picture of rollerblades on them, “jackpot” I thought to myself. As I got closer to the gift I realized that yes, this was a gift for me since I had asked for rollerblades that Christmas. However, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment because now the surprise of opening the gift I had been waiting for on Christmas day was gone. The worst thing was, I had done it to myself because of my impatience.
In the parable of the dishonest manager, the master commends his manager for getting him rich quicker, by lowering the debts owed to him. He seems happy that instead of receiving the full amount, he receives a partial amount because he was able to receive the money right away.
Our lives are much like this parable. God has something good in store for us, but because of our impatience, we settle for something less. We rush into a relationship, buy the home of our dreams, but get ourselves into an extremely high mortgage rate. Take the job we didn’t want because we’re too impatient to wait for the right one. We take matters into our own hands, time and time again because we want what we want and we want it now.
There’s something great God has for us, but we’ve never fully experienced it because we’ve lacked the ability to trust God. Instead, in our impatience, we have acted impetuously never experiencing the fullness of the gift God has in store for us.
It became obvious as the parable played out that the master treasured money. Whenever we act impetuously, its always because of a wrong belief about God that’s tied to fear in our heart, a need to be in control and an unwillingness to sit in the pain of waiting. I get it, waiting is hard, but as we wait, God reshapes our heart and fills us with the gift of HIs mercy.
Lord, you are so good. I trust you in this season of waiting. Thank you, God, that I don’t have to take matters into my own hands, but I can trust you for the end result. Yo love oh Lord sustains me. Where can I go from your presence? Be near and meet my needs Lord Jesus, you are so faithful and I trust you, Amen.