Waiting for the Lord
In a society driven by instant gratification, it’s hard for people to wait for just about anything. It has been my experience that the Lord gives us what we need in perfect time with His plan for our lives.
Often I can see, or have a sense, that something significant is about to happen in our lives or business. It’s hard to stand by and not try to help the process. This has been the case for us with our business this year. We have seen many opportunities for work, but knew we needed to wait for His timing. As the bank account dwindles, you can imagine how hard it is to stand still.
Heading into the second half of the season, we are busier than we have ever been. Not because we sought work, but because we waited for His hand to operate in our lives. The prospect for an even busier 2016 is an absolute reality. With our current resources, I have no idea how we will accomplish what I see ahead.
As Christ followers it is our responsibility to obey His direction and leave the outcome to Him. Yes, we must work and pay our bills, but as far as long range plans go, we wait for Him. His timing is always perfect and this year has been another example of how waiting for Him to show us the way is the best way to live.
If you find yourself wanting to help the Lord with your life or business, ask yourself what was the last thing He asked you to do and then get busy doing it. He has everything under control, you can trust Him!
Waiting for the Lord
by Os Hillman
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Hearing and doing God’s will are two important steps that often get confused as one step. However, these are two distinct processes. When we hear God’s voice, this is only 50 percent of the process. The next important step is to know when to move. It is one thing to hear; it is another to know when to act.
There was a time when the Lord showed me I was to write. This was a major change in my life from what I was doing. As I began to write, I attempted to find a publisher for my work. This became a real frustration. I encountered many false starts, and many well-intentioned people wanted to assist but their efforts resulted in further delays.
Finally, my wife asked me, “Os, have you completed the book you are working on?” “No,” I replied.
“When you complete the book, God will provide a publisher if He has called you to write. You need to complete the book.”
A few months later I was in discussions with a publisher about my work. They were going to be in my city and wanted to meet with me. The day we met they offered me a contract on my book. It also was the exact day that I had completed the book. I thought back to the words my wife had said.
Corrie ten Boom was a prisoner in the German Holocaust who lost her sister in the concentration camps. She tells a story about her father taking her on trains. She always wanted to get the ticket from her father ahead of time. He never gave her the ticket until she was about to get onto the train.
God is always on time. He is never late, and He is seldom early. Ask God for the wisdom to discern His will and His timing for the events in your life.