Waiting on God…Weekly Posts
Daniel 9:23 “As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed…”
Wow…what a great promise of God! That as soon as we begin to pray, an answer is given and sent to us. We may have to wait for it and be patient in God’s timing but God answers the second we open our lips to pray.
It reminds me of a great message my friend John spoke about the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. That as soon as the Priests’ feet touched the river, it stopped flowing a great distance away upstream. God gave the answer straight away, they just had to wait for all the remaining water to flow past. John encouraged us all to stand patient in God, to not shift or move but wait and believe for his intervention. You can listen to the message here:
Waiting on God is often like waiting for the Postman. We wait for a short while then get impatient, give up, nip out for a bit, go to the toilet etc. The Postman comes and goes because there is no recipient. To receive from God we must wait for him and maintain that state of recipience. The fact is, it’s easier to preach it than act it. Waiting is hard. I by no means am a very patient person. King Saul found it hard too:
1 Samuel 10:8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do”
This was the instruction Samuel gave to Saul. Saul waited seven days. Samuel didn’t show. What was he to do? What he did was perform the sacrifices himself (1 Sam 13:9). Just as he finished the sacrifices, Samuel showed up and rebuked him for being foolish. What did he do wrong?
Out of impatience he forsook his own identity. Samuel instructed him to wait, and that he would offer the sacrifices. Saul panicked when Samuel didn’t show so he did it himself. When we become impatient and cannot see God at work in our lives, we forsake our identity and copy what others are doing. We jump ship. We try to manufacture the works of God when we are not seeing any.
You may be pursuing something in your life that you think is admirable or gifted, because you have not seen God at work in other areas. You may be wanting to preach or lead worship or be recognized in some way, but God is wanting to work in another area.