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April 2009

Waiting on God - While Doing Our Own Thing

I often find myself praying to God for direction in some difficult situation. After some time has gone by and there seems to be no answer from God, I suddenly realise that I have subconsciously made up my mind already and am just waiting for God to come into harmony with my decision. I fear that this is too often the experience of many of us.

How many times do we find ourselves declaring "I so want to do the will of God" while all the time hoping that God is tuned into our 'wants' and our 'desires'.

When we pray, 'Thy will be done', as is found in the Lord's prayer, Luke 11:2, we are supposed to mean it, but sometimes what we are really saying is, 'what I need or want is this Lord, and would you please just 'sign off' on it'.

A very valuable lesson that I have learned is this; (let me say that it took a long time for me to learn it) when I pray over something that is important and yet come to God with my mind already made up with what I think the answer should be, it makes things a little difficult for God. Let me illustrate. Say I am a young person looking for a job and I see one advertised in the paper that sounds very good to me. I send in my resume, and 'wait on the Lord' to hear the good news that I have the position. Nothing happens. I am tempted to say, 'Dear Lord, are you listening. I need (want) this job'. Still nothing happens. No phone calls, no emails saying I have the job. By this time I am getting a little agitated with the Lord, (shame on me) and I am beginning to wonder if there is any sense continuing to pray. However, by now the Holy Spirit is at last getting through to me and reminding me that I did pray 'Thy will be done'. So now I tell the Lord, 'Forgive me for not being patient and truly waiting on you. If this is not the position for me, then please show me where You want me to be. Amen'. The next day, a friend calls to say that a vacancy for my type of expertise has that very day come available in his company. Would I like the job? I immediately go to his office to see the boss. He likes me, and I like the job and the opportunities to grow that go with it, and I take it. While this position doesn't have quite the financial and health benefits as the advertised job, (you don't always get everything you want) I believe this job will give me more opportunities to use my creative talents.

Of course, God knew this all the time. God also knew that this was another opportunity for Him to teach and show me the importance of 'waiting on Him', and the importance of trusting and believing that God's best plans for us are not always hastily revealed. The 'waiting time' also allows the Holy Spirit to work in my heart and mind. The 'waiting' gives me time to think new thoughts; I remember in Isaiah 55:8, God says, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD". ( this is truth for every area of our lives) This 'waiting' makes me more patient, (the Lord hopes it does) and all of this makes me more open to the leading of the Holy Spirit which in turn allows God to answer my plea of 'Thy will be done in my life'. Being a part of the human family, we are often very slow (speaking of myself of course) to learn this most important and valuable life lesson.

Some gems from the Bible:

  • Psalm 92:5 "O LORD, how great are Thy works! And Thy thoughts are very deep".
  • Psalm 62:5 "My soul, wait thou upon God: for my expectation is from Him".
  • Psalm 62:1 "Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation".
  • Psalm 25:5 "Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day".
  • Psalm 27:14 "WAIT on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: WAIT, I say, on the LORD".

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