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[October 30, 2008]
is telling me to wait,” my friend said at church yesterday. I
nodded in understanding. For some people, action is hard. For
active Christians, waiting is one of the hardest things God can ask
them to do. You are ready to run into battle, but the hand of God
holds you back. You don’t know why. You may never know why. But
there’s a good chance he wants to teach you something while you are
Paul wanted to go to Asia, God prevented him. Within days, Paul
knew why. God wanted them to go to Macedonia. He had already
prepared a harvest for Paul there. Joseph waited in prison for
years as God worked on him to prepare him for an incredible
opportunity of vital importance. Moses waited in the desert for
decades before God felt he was ready to lead the people and the
people were ready to be led. Jesus did carpentry work until he was
thirty before God told him the time was right.
Bible says, “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their
strength.” If you are stuck in a holding pattern, try something
like this: Thank God for the time of renewal. Ask him to work in
your heart to prepare you for what He has in store for your future.
Enjoy the extra time you can spend with Him. You will be going
totally against nature in doing this. And God will bless your
submission to Him.
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Isaiah 30.21 (New International Version)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear
a voice behind you saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
Lord, you have had to wait so long for each of us to turn to you.
Your patience is unimaginable. Father, give us strength to endure
times of inactivity as we wait on You to move in our lives or in our
situation so we can be most valuable to You. We trust You to take
action at the opportune moment.