By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
W3 – Wait on God. We hate to wait. I hate to wait whether it is in a line or on the phone or a resolution to a problem. I am a list man. Put it on a list, get it done, check it off, and on to the next. God does not always work that way. It seems simple but I had to learn to “wait on God.” His timing is not often the same as mine and his rhythms in life are not the same either. He does not have the responsibility to pick up our rhythm. We have the responsibility to pick up his. There are times he wants us to act quickly, and we better, but other times God just wants us to wait on him.
How long shall we wait? We should wait as long as it takes. It is wrong for us to act before God gives us his direction. Like Ahimaaz running with no message in II Samuel 18:19, 20 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies. And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king’s son is dead. Or like Saul sacrificing when he was told to wait. There are many applications in the story of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-12) which five were foolish and did not bring enough oil. You must admit they did not count the cost and ran short and could not wait for the bridegroom. They were not where God wanted them to be, waiting for the bridegroom.
If we want the will of God, we must be willing to wait on God. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31). Do not confuse activity as doing the will of God, even worthy activity. It is his will in our activity that makes our activity of a heavenly benefit as well as our benefit. Otherwise we are rearranging the furniture on the Titanic. We can build great ministries and do great things but it is all nothing without God’s decree and blessing. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (Philippians 3:4-8).
Some people learn the art of meditation. I suggest we learn the art of waiting. Why is that so important? Because we are soldiers and he is our commander. A good soldier waits for orders and never acts outside the plans of the commander. The job of the commander is to see the whole picture, draw up the plan for battle, and dispatch his soldiers as he sees fit and when he sees fit. When we were to invade France on D-Day, the allied forces did not know when D-Day was to be. They had to wait for Eisenhower to give the command. Waiting was hard! When that time came, everyone was dispatched to do what they had been trained to do. Everyone was doing their small part to make the greatest invasion of that time successful. We also have to wait as long as it takes until God dispatches us to do his tasks. Why does he make us wait?
- We are not ready for the task. We need more preparation. When God wants us to do something, he prepares us for the task. He has the power to prepare instantaneously like Bezaleel. See I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship (Exodus 31:2, 3). But he normally has a more detailed process as well as a varying length of time to accomplish this. Moses saw many years in the desert before his Egypt project. God seems to like the desert for some reason. We may feel like we are out in a desert and forgotten. But when we are ready, he will come and get us like he did with Moses in the desert and Joseph in prison.
- He is not ready for us to do the task. He is having you wait for his timing and we feel equipped and ready to go but we have not received the green light yet. This is when we can get really frustrated and have a tendency to jump the gun. This happens more than you know in people seeking God’s will. Timing is everything with God. What if God was ready after all those years to start his big plan with Pharaoh’s dream and the seven fat years and seven lean years and they went to get Joseph and realized he had broken out of prison because he was tired of waiting? He was right where God put him, innocent as he was. When he needed him he was where he put him, in prison “waiting on God.” It is hard to wait but if you are where God wants you to be physically, spiritually, and morally when he does come, and he will, you will be useable. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work (II Timothy 2:21).
- He wants to see how long we will wait. It is all about trust and obedience. Waiting on God until he is ready to move, glorifies God because it shows you trust his plan, his timing, his word, and he has all power to accomplish his will. You are the privileged vessel he has chosen to accomplish his will. Like when David in II Samuel 5:23, 24 was to go over against the mulberry trees and wait for the sound of the wind in the top of the trees, or when Saul in I Samuel 13:8 was to wait for Samuel at Gilgal for Samuel to sacrifice. He did not wait and lost his kingdom being established forever. Like Paul in Acts 16:6 wanted to go to Asia but the spirit forbid him. He waited only to get the Macedonia call in verse 9. There are many more but it illustrates that God at times wants us to wait just to see if we are willing to trust him. He does not want us to do anything but wait. In Exodus 14:13 at the Red Sea, God did not want Israel to do anything but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The question is when will we know when the waiting is over? God will use some circumstance, through prayer and his Spirit to let you know. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). I promise you that when the time of waiting is over, God will let you know and confirm it. Wait on the Lord!
To be continued ………………..