Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Devotional May 11 - Wait? You've Got To Be Kidding

"The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man would both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:25-26

There is a lot of advise in scripture. Some of it we take in with a sigh of relief as if it were a valuable gift. Some we have to come to terms with and fully understand before we are willing to subject ourselves to it. And then there is some advise from the Lord that we just plain don't like.

Waiting is one of them. Your world is closing in and the pressure is on and you feel misused and hurt and you are finding out that those around you have been using you and there is trouble on the left and obstacles on the right and the Lord says, "wait." You've got to be kidding.
If I wait the boat will fill up with water and I will sink.
If I wait the bottom will fall out and I won't be able to recover.
If I wait someone else will go ahead of me and take my place.
We just don't understand why a loving God that is able to perform any miracle on our behalf would have to wait. If God...then why wait.

God wants us wait until we hear from God concerning the matter. God doesn't tell us to wait as in wait indefinitely or to wait too long where there is much disappointment or not to wait long enough where you are unprepared. God wants you to wait until you hear from God concerning the matter.

If you jump ahead of God's timing you will go into your decision making too soon and suffer greatly from being unprepared.  It's like driving too fast and then having to stop in too short a distance.  It is not safe.
If you wait too long, you miss the window of opportunity that was allotted for your situation.
But if you move according to the inner leading of the Holy Spirit all will work out.

God wants you to trust Him enough to put things in His control. God knows that whatever the need is, if it is in His control, the end will be better. If every decision you make you make from the hip, you are not consulting with God and the outcome will be unpredictable. I don't know about you, but I have had enough of the unpredictable, the uncertain, the unsure. I need God's intervention in God's timing in order for the results to be long term and satisfying.

When someone older who has been in the faith for decades says to you to wait on the Lord, they really know what they are talking about. They are in for the long haul and they have seen the mighty hand of God at work on their behalf many times. Their advise is good and biblical. Sometimes waiting on the Lord seems inconvenient, but jumping ahead is far worse and waiting too long because you don't really have any faith and you can't hear the voice of God is also disappointing. But waiting on the Lord as you pray about your situation, praising Him through it and worshiping Him in it, that is good and it will always turn out different than you predicted. We tend to think the worse, but oftentimes the results after waiting, leaning and hearing from the Lord, are good.

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