When It's Wise to Wait

When It's Wise to Wait (Psalm 32:8-9)

   I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which has no understanding, which must be harnessed with a bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.

   Do you find it particularly difficult to wait on God? Do you become impatient, feeling as if you need something to do? If so, there is good news. God has provided us with several convincing reasons for waiting, as well as things to do during the interim.

   While we are waiting, we should demonstrate expectation and courage. Mediation upon God's Word should be a priority, and we should be careful not to develop an attitude of anger or impatience. During this time, we should also cultivate our listening skills. Therefore, when it is God's timing for an answer, we will recognize His voice and be ready to respond.

   What will happen if we don't wait? The Bible makes it very clear that when we act before receiving confirmation from God, we are doing so in disobedience. It is important to remember that even doing the right thing at the wrong time is disobedience.

   Ignoring God's timing can also delay His blessings for our lives. In addition, we could bring pain and suffering upon ourselves and those around us.

   Though it may be difficult to understands God's timing and His ways, our faith and trust must remain strong. Never allow the devil to persuade you to act in haste or even to inch ahead of the Lord's schedule. When you wait for God's voice of direction, you will never be sorry. God loves you and understands your situation even better than you do. Are you willing to wait for His best?

   David revealed to the Lord in Psalm 27:13-14 " I had fainted, unless I had believe, That I would see the goodness of the Lord, In the land of living. wait, I say, on the Lord! Never think that God's delays are God's denials.

   The psalmist is admonishing us on what it means to wait on the Lord. Let us together examine a little closer the reasons why it is wise to do so. We know that God's  ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8) and therefore, He knows what is best for our lives. But there are specific reasons why we should always wait for His perfect timing.

   First, there are numerous scriptural accounts that indicate God gives clear direction only when we wait to get it. Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others faced periods of waiting before God revealed His plan for their lives. If we hope to benefit from the wisdom of His guidance, we must wait patiently, as these men of faith.

   Another reason God uses delays is that our decisions can affect other people. Waiting for god allows Him to arrange all factors to the advantage of everyone involved. God uses waiting time to prepare us for the answer He has in store for us. Believe it or not, sometimes we are not ready for god's answer. we may need to deal with unconfessed sin or to grow spiritually. First Peter 5:6 reminds us to humble ourselves before God so that He may exalt us in due time. :Due time," however, is determined by Him.

   Finally, god uses waiting time to get our attention. Have you turned away from Him in resent months? Is something else occupying much of your attention and energy? Focus completely on Him and see what happens. Never think that God's delays are God's denials! Are you willing to wait for His best?

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