Waiting On God
I wrote my original post on this topic 2 years ago today. As I explained in the devotional, the work He is doing in me was far from complete. It continues today and has gotten more intense as we navigate the waters of life and business. I have found I am required to be more generous in forgiveness, extend more grace, demonstrate more patience and show unconditional love like never before. More of Him and less of me. Am I making progress, yes, still many miles to go before we are done.
Enjoy the journey, keep your eye on Christ and keep moving forward even when you don’t want to.
WAITING ON GOD
Published August 10, 2014
Our society is driven by results. Whether it’s the grades on your tests at school, the results of your latest project or even the impact of your sermon, we focus on results, not the process. I’m not saying results are not important, they are to a degree, however, if we focus solely on them we miss out on so much in life because we fail to enjoying the journey.
Todays devotional helped me realize I have come to a place where my relationship and journey with the Lord is more important than the glory of the world. I do everything as unto the Lord, yet I do not focus on the outcome of the task. I do my absolute best and leave God the rest. No I haven’t arrived…if anything I see more work ahead as the Lord molds me into the image of Christ. The more I see of myself, the more I realize I need Him.
Until a few years ago, even after becoming a minister of the Lord, I was driven by results. When I released the outcome of my life to Him, it changed my perspective. I wake up nearly every morning in anticipation of what He has for me that day. It’s always an adventure.
The song by JJ Weeks Band, “Let Them See You” has been on my heart for 2 days. My prayer has become let them see Him in all I do, especially when life becomes hard. Today, instead of focusing on the outcomes in life, turn your attention to your relationship with our Father, it will make a difference in your life.
Waiting on God
by Os Hillman
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30:18
Have you ever noticed that God is not in a hurry? It took 40 years for Moses to receive his commission to lead the people out of Egypt. It took 17 years of preparation before Joseph was delivered from slavery and imprisonment. It took 20 years before Jacob was released from Laban’s control. Abraham and Sarah were in their old age when they finally received the son of promise, Isaac. So why isn’t God in a hurry?
God called each of these servants to accomplish a certain task in His Kingdom, yet He was in no hurry to bring their mission into fulfillment. First, He accomplished what He wanted in them. We are often more focused on outcome than the process that He is accomplishing in our lives each day. When we experience His presence daily, one day we wake up and realize that God has done something special in and through our lives. However, the accomplishment is no longer what excites us. Instead, what excites us is knowing Him. Through those times, we become more acquainted with His love, grace, and power in our lives. When this happens, we are no longer focused on the outcome because the outcome is a result of our walk with Him. It is not the goal of our walk, but the by-product. Hence, when Joseph came to power in Egypt, he probably couldn’t have cared less. He had come to a place of complete surrender so that he was not anxious about tomorrow or his circumstances.
This is the lesson for us. We must wait for God’s timing and embrace wherever we are in the process. When we find contentment in that place, we begin to experience God in ways we never thought possible.