Friday 6 April 2018

Devotional Tea 33: Actively Waiting

Scripture: Micah 7:7 (NIV)

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given. (G. Campbell Morgan)
Waiting is not being idle. Waiting is not being stupid. We get our waiting stance from the second part of Matthew 7:7. Waiting is the second level of praying. It is the "seek" rung of the ladder of prayer. It is the searching of heart for God's will and direction in and on a matter. Waiting is active. It is never passive. It is a stance where we clear our mind and heart of every idol. It is a stance of readiness to hear God's direction on a matter. It is a time of preparation and consecration. Waiting might not seem to make sense, while we wait. However, when you get there you'll understand it truly does make sense and was worth every second of the wait. To wait is to trust. To wait is to stretch. To wait is to grow and build strength. To wait is to mature. To wait is to prepare for that which is to be received. There is no other option to waiting.

The important part of waiting is the direction we get while we wait. Sometimes, while we wait it might seem God is silent. The secret at those times is to continue with the last instruction we got from Him, while we remain sensitive to his next direction. That is being faithful to that which has already been revealed. We are not to let that which we do not know stand in the way of that which is already clear to us. Waiting is a test of where our heart is. In waiting God is asking a question. Our answer is found in the disposition of our heart while we wait. We see the consequence of Saul not waiting in 1 Samuel 13:7-14. Note Samuel appeared just after Saul gave up. It is always too early to give up waiting. There is no alternative to waiting on a faithful God.

Further Reading: Psalm 62, 130; Micah 7:7

Prayer: O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. Thou hast been here and I knew it not. I have been blind to Thy Presence. Open my eyes that I may behold Thee in and around me. For Christ’s sake, Amen. (A.W. Tower)

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The only thing harder than waiting on God, is wishing that you had! (Steven Furtick)

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