This weekend I was running up against a deadline for my submission to the People’s Paper. I had the topic, back ground material, and fuzzy outline. However, I did not have the motivation to write. I now know why.
The article I had in mind was not the article God had in mind.
I received a call Monday morning detailing a story that needed to be told. That article will be in the People’s Paper on 17 July.
God tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) God wanted me to write something different and caused me to wait. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:4) He also enlightens us.
Believers in Christ must be willing to wait on God. Today we can have anything we want, any time we want. Unfortunately, to get those things, we often make poor decisions. Those decisions have consequences. We may go in debt, pay too much, buy an inferior product, or just rebel when God says wait.
God wants us to patiently wait on Him.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7)
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7)
This is a good challenge for all of us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001