It took me quite a while to completely give up my selfish understanding to obey God’s calling on my life. I toggled with all of my flesh driven dreams and made many attempts to make square pegs fit all the round holes. And through all of that, God waited for me as He held my real calling in His hands.
When I think back over all the time I spent fumbling around, I wonder how much easier it could have been if I had just surrender in the beginning. Grant it, I am sure that I have learned many lessons and earned some stripes on my belt for all of those hard headed seasons that have built my testimony. However, I can’t help but think of how much valuable time we spend choosing to wait.
Why do we wait to trust God? Why do we wait to be obedient to His Word? Why do we wait to walk in Him? Why do we wait to come to Him? Why do we wait to forgive?
We have all to gain and nothing to loose. So, why do we wait? God has already shown us plenty of reasons why He should be our first choice and primary option for all things. But somehow we still struggle to get past our flesh to choose Jesus immediately, always. When we choose not to wait, we save ourselves unnecessary emotional and spiritual turmoil. There is nothing to be gained by pausing. Our immediate God choice offers immediate benefits, rather than extended confusion and wandering.
Why do we wait to trust God? It’s like in our minds we are trying to figure things out before we go ahead and trust God to do what He has planned anyway. Which in turn delays the process and feeds into our flesh instead of our faith. We can’t live on both sides of the fence. We must choose to either trust Him or to trust in ourselves. I think the obvious beneficial selection is clear. Trusting Him and keeping him in all that we do NOW comes with its own set of benefits that can’t be gained through a heart dependent on self. “Whoever gives thought to the Word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. The reality is, we can not go wrong when we trust the Creator of all things, who gave His life so that we may have life. I’d say He has gone above and beyond to earn our trust, leaving no reason for pause.
Why do we wait to walk in Him and be obedient to His Word? Some of us invite Jesus to come into our lives and then, by the way we live, act as though we never knew Him. This mistake is to our own demise. God is with us but it is our choice to walk in Him and not rooted in ourselves or the world. Our salvation is not where our walk ends, but where it begins. “Therefore as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7. “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3. If we trust His Word enough for salvation, then we believe He speaks truth. And if we believe that the Father speaks truth, then we must also believe in the all of what He has said. Our walk in Him requires a death to self and an intentional putting on of the new life that He has given to us. Through our faith and obedience to His word.
Why do we wait to thank Him? We have seen what our God can do, who He is, and all that we have gained from His hands, and yet we still wait to see the end product before we give thanks. This could be a lack of faith but nevertheless, does He not still deserve our thanks and gratitude? He is the Creator! He deserves thanks because of who He is not what we receive from Him. “Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1. There is joy and a building of faith that comes with a consistently thankful heart. “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20. “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Why do we wait to come to Him? Would we wait to call 911 in an emergency? I hope not! In the same way, I hope that we would seek our everlasting First Responder, before we seek out worry, anxiety or even a friend. This has been an area of personal struggle for me periodically, allowing feelings of control, fear, and worry to be my first choice of action before calling on the One who is really in control. There are zero positives for choosing those things first. However, when we go to the Lord in prayer as a primary option (sometimes as an only option), we find peace, wisdom, and strength in place of the what used to be chaos. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6.
Why do we wait to forgive? In all that we have done and yet to do, it can be torture for some of us to forgive an offense. Our pride can stand tall and keep us cemented in un-forgiveness, forgetting all that we have been forgiven, past, present, and future. Our self-righteous hoarding of forgiveness embeds dangerous sinful roots. Loving our neighbor requires of us to forgive as we have been forgiven. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven;” Luke 6:37. “bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13. There is freedom in the release.
Let me encourage you with this………
Our personal struggles are important to the Father. He knows what we are dealing with on a day to day basis and is well aware of our weaknesses. He will not give us more than we can bare and He has not left us to deal with life alone. DON’T WAIT! Trust Him now! Walk in Him now! Thank Him now! Come to Him now! Obey Him now! Forgive now! NOW is the best time!
Pray: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and abundant grace. You are so patient with me Lord. Forgive me Lord for anything that I have done against Your will. Help me to see You and know Your heart. Remove every obstacle that would cause me to wait and not move in Your direction. Help me to walk in You daily and be obedient to Your Word. Show me Your ways Lord and give me wisdom and discernment. Thank You God for who you are. In Jesus name AMEN!