Posted by: missionventureministries | February 1, 2011

WAITING ON GOD – “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” – Psalm 62:5

 

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” – Psalm 62:5

The Bible has a great deal to say about waiting for God. However, many people become so easily impatient with God’s delays. Yet much of our trouble in life is the result of lack of prayer, our restlessness and sometimes reckless haste.

We cannot wait for the fruit to ripen, but insist on picking it while it is still green. We cannot wait for the answers to our prayers, although it may take many years for the things we pray for to be prepared for us. We are encouraged to walk with God, but often in our minds, God walks very slowly. Yet there is also another side when God often waits for us.

Quite often we fail to receive the blessing God has ready for us because we are not moving forward with Him. While it is true we miss many blessings by not waiting for God, we also lose numerous blessings by waiting to long. There are times when it takes strength simply to sit still, but there are also times when we are to move forward with a confident step in faith.

Many of God’s promises are conditional, requiring some initial action on our part. Once we begin to obey, the Lord will begin to bless us.  Great things were promised to Abraham, but not one of them could have been obtained had he waited in Chaldea. He had to leave his home, friends, and country, travel unfamiliar paths, and press on in unwavering obedience in order to receive the promises.

When the Israelites were entrapped by Pharaoh’s pursuing army at the Red Sea, they were commanded to “go forward” (Exodus 14:15). No longer was it their duty to wait, but to “go forward” with heroic faith.

Years later the Israelites were commanded to show their faith again by beginning their march over the Jordan while the river was at its highest point. They held the key to unlock the gate into the Promised Land in their own hands, and the gate would not begin to open until they had approached and unlocked it. The key was obedience and faith.

When a great multitude came against Jehoshaphat “he was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord” – 2 Chronicles 20:3. And as they went to battle “he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praise Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said: Give thanks to the Lord, for His loving kindness is everlasting” – 2 Chronicles 20:21.  They had great faith and their victory was won by the Lord.

We are destined to fight certain battles, and at times when we do not trust the Lord, we think we can never be victorious and conquer our enemies. Yet as we trust Him and enter the conflict, God comes and fights by our side. Through Him we are “more than conquerors” Who loves us – Romans 8:37. If after we pray, we wait in fear and trembling for our Helper to come before we enter the battle, this is when we wait to long in unbelief. God is waiting to pour our His richest blessings on us. Pray, ask His council and once you hear a clear command, “go forward” with bold confidence and take what God is rightfully giving you. “I have begun to deliver . . . Now begin to conquer and possess.” ” – Deuteronomy 2:31 

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