Waiting On God

One of the most important things in the life of a Christian is  to learn to live a life centered around God’s direction and God’s timing.  To grasp this concept we must first make sure that we know God.  As I stated in a previous post, there is  tremendous difference in knowing about God and knowing God.  Too often we know many facts about God without actually knowing Him.  If we don’t know Him we cannot live our life centered around Him.

Christians make bad decisions because we don’t know God’s timing nor direction.  When we wait on God it does not mean that we sit idly by.  What it does mean is that there are times in our lives when we must pause until we receive further instructions.  These are times when we need to wait for God’s direction.

For much of my adult life my attitude was, “God has never shown me what He wants.”  I strongly suspect that many of us with a background in the churches of Christ  have this same attitude.  Perhaps God has never shown us what He wants because we have never sought his advice.  Could it be that we haven’t been listening?  Sadly, I fear that for too many we don’t know how to listen to God.

God’s covenants with man change with time.  There was a time when God dealt with the Patriarch within each family.  Later, God’s covenant with the Jews was built around Moses Law.  Today God’s covenant centers around grace.  Covenants have changed but the principles of God have remained the same.  Hebrews 13:8 tell us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  The same principles God displayed toward man in the beginning He still displays today.

God has always blessed those who are willing to seek His direction and timing.  Isaiah 64:4 says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.”  I can’t speak for you, but as for me, I need God to act on my behalf.  God promises his blessings for those who wait on Him.

To wait on God takes a deep and abiding trust that only comes through a mature personal relationship.  If we only know facts about God we will never trust Him enough to wait on Him to provide his direction and timing for our lives.  To fail to allow God  opportunity is to close the door on blessings without measure.  Trust God enough to wait.  Know God, trust God, and wait for God’s guidance in all you do.  Either we believe God is actively involved in the lives of Christians or we reject the notion.  I know God and I choose to believe!  I will wait for His direction and His timing.   How about you?

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2 Responses to Waiting On God

  1. ZDENNY says:

    Your right on target with this!! Keep it up. Waiting on God is hard. King Saul had a problem with this too.

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  2. Wayne McDaniel says:

    Dell,
    Thank you for this faithful and gentle reminder. I am sure that I would have received greater blessing from the Lord if I had learned to wait and listen for Him. How tragic that our public teaching of the scriptures has ignored this
    truth.

    Within the last two months a dear brother strongly recommended a book that was published in 1997. I have now read it and re-read it, and wish that I would have read years ago. The title is, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, by Jim Cymbala. It relates his preaching in NYC and states repeatedly that the church there has been blessed because of a Tuesday night prayer meeting, where many people open their hearts to the Lord in fervent prayer. I am persuaded that the weakness of many churches is because we are predominantly prayer-less churches.

    Those who have no real interest in speaking to the Father are NOT his children. They have never received his Spirit in the convicting birth from Above. They have mistakenly been led to believe that baptism is proof they have received the new birth.

    Paul wrote to the Corinthians to examine themselves to know whether they were in the faith, 2 Cor. 13:5. He also wrote that they should examine themselves when they gathered to eat and drink Christ, 1 Cor. 11:28. What should we expect to find when we examine ourselves? What did Jesus die to save us from? Have we stopped falling short of the glory of God? What have we confessed to our Father in the past week?

    We know that James 5:16 is not practiced among most churches today. If we discovered a church where the people confessed their sins to each other and earnestly prayed for each other, would we be afraid to visit?

    In May 1994, Leonard Allen said to about 4,000 people,
    “I have learned that I do not maintain the disciplines of prayer adequately by myself, and that I MUST pray regularly with others.”

    If we are going to be changed into the likeness of Jesus,
    we must recognize how far short we are from it. We must see our failures and confess them, or we will remain unchanged, becoming older versions of ourselves. The author of Hebrews wrote, “Follow after peace with all men, and the holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” – 12:14 May the Lord send his Spirit among us and constrain us to increase real prayer that changes us.

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