"I waited patiently for the Lord
and he inclined to me,
he heard my cry
he also brought me out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock
and established my steps,
he put a new song in my mouth." Psalm 40:1-3
You've decided to put your needs into God's hands and now you have come the point where you have to wait.
This is the point that determines whether you will finally get your heart's desire, the point at which your faith in God will constantly be
tested. Let me say it again. I said, you will be tested, no doubt about that, and if you decide to chicken out and find a short cut, if you decide to skip the wait, you might as well start unpacking your backpack now, forget the journey because believe me, youíll reach the end with only ashes of what might have been. When you refuse to allow God to lead you to your goal, you will think youíre walking to the
finish line but all youíre doing is wandering.
The dictionary defines "wander" as,
ďto walk around or to a place,often without any particular sense of purpose or directionĒ.
Of-course you know where you want to go, what you want to reach, but without God youíll just be walking around in circles getting nowhere.
Take the children of Israel for example. God offered them constant help and direction from
day to day and what did they do? They let go of
Godís hand and started worshiping idols and that led to a journey that instead of taking just fourty days, it took a whole fourty years.
Thatís exactly what happens when we decide along the broken road that we can do it on our own. We drop Godís hand and walk alone like stubborn children.We refuse the help of the only person who knows the road youíre travelling like the back of his hand.
The person whose hand we let go off, has the map, he has the compass, the oil lamp, the tent.
He alone knows when youíll need the windbreaker, the umbrella, the sunglasses, because he knows the weather forecast of your life. He alone knows where youíll need to stop and rest
and when to send manna from heaven.
Do you want o leave someone like that behind?
Donít think doing it alone will spare you from the wind, the rain, the cold, the pain. If thatís what you think, youíve already lost.
"When you pass through the
Waters,I will be with you
And through the rivers , they
Shall not overflow you
When you walk through the fire,
You shall not be burned
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
God says you will pass through the waters, you will pass through the rivers, you will pass through the fire, who are you to think you wonít, when the great God of the universe says you will?
There you have it. If you decide to pass through the waters, the rivers, the fire alone, youíre done for. You will be drowned, you will be burned and you
will be alone.
He promised you that if you decide to let him lead you, to guide you, to help you and if you decide to wait on the Lord, you will not be drowned, you will not be burned and you will certainly not be alone.
The choice is yours.
Make the right choice, take his hand, wait on the Lord.God is such a merciful God that when you take the short cut, heíll relax,
heíll let you wander off and wait for you to come back to him. But do you know where the problem is when you eventually decide you can't do it alone and let him show
you the way?
The problem is, God will start again where he left off. Thatís the problem. That leads to a longer journey. Instead of taking only fourty
days, it might take fourty years.
Donít decide to wander like the children of Israel around the wilderness.
Follow Godís timetable and youíll get there on timeÖhis perfect time.
Donít delay your own arrival.I know itís hard to lose control.
God wants you to leave that need, that wish, that dream,that project totally in his control or he'll not start working at all.
Don't worry, he's totally trustworthy.
You don't, however, just have to sit there bitting your nails wondering when he'll finally get you there.
Get out of that easy chair and work with him.
Follow his lead. But you have to trust him all the way.
Nobody says it's going to be easy...but for everything good, there's a price to pay.
That's the only way whatever you wish for, could have true worth.
To get a certificate you need to write a test, to get a degree you need to write an exam, to enjoy the summer you need to go through the winter, to see the dawn you need to pass through the night.
Do you have problems and need an answer, results from God, then youíre in the right place right now, because there canít be a solution without a
problem, neither can there be glory without suffering.
Keep on keeping on ďlooking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
God.Ē Hebrews 12:2
Which is to mean that there is joy and glory after the suffering. Even yours.
You as a Christian should also practice to trust God daily, in little things, so that your faith will be strengthened for when a huge need comes
We sometimes and often forget that God wants to play a role in our whole lives and meet all our daily needs.
Think about it, it really makes sense.
how can we expect God to heal our cancer when we can't even trust him to cure our little headache? Small faith grows to big faith.
In order for God to meet your needs today, tomorrow in a big way, it's important that you
also trust him to meet your small daily needs,however small.
Like I said, he holds the timetable of your life in his hands.
Holding on to him, will hold you together and youíll not fall apart.If your heart is breaking heíll mend it again, if your body needs healing, heíll renew your health, if itís hope you need, then hope heíll give. When you need a rock, heíll be your mountain, when your soul is a
desert, heíll be a fountain, heíll be your anchor in lifeís ocean, your shelter from trouble winds.
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