Thursday, November 10, 2005

Drumming my fingers impatiently...

Hello, gentle readers...

It's good to share with you again. I've been waiting. Do you ever have to wait for things? I think it's one of the more frustrating lessons we learn in life. But, does waiting mean you just sit and do nothing?

I knew of someone many years back who needed something from God. She would go into her closet (literally into her closet)...and wait. I remember asking her what was she doing about her needs. She said, "Waiting on God." She would literally just sit there, pray some, and wait. I never quite understood why, if she had a need, she didn't put some action to her prayers. Was her expectation that God would show up as a bolt of lightening in that closet and "poof" her need be met?

Prayer requires action. Waiting requires action. They are both verbs. If we are simply going to sit around and drum our fingers, twiddle our thumbs, and wait, we may never see the answer to our needs. If you need a job, are you looking for one? If you need financial stability, are you taking the steps necessary to reach that goal? Or are you just waiting and doing nothing, expecting God to just dump something in your lap?

Right now, we need jobs and we need finances. We are sending resumes, reading the papers, cold-contacting businesses in the Yellow Pages, sending emails and thank you cards to those who have given us an interview. And we are waiting on God.

Isaiah 40:31 says, "...those who hope in (wait on) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

If we are waiting, are we soaring? Are we running? Are we walking with strength? The Bible is very clear here that we are to be busy while we wait. That flies in the face of everything we've been taught in the church, doesn't it? We've been told that we are to wait patiently and that waiting implies inactivity while waiting on God to do something miraculous. I think this is incorrect.

God wants us to walk out our faith. Should we just sit here and wait for God to drop a job in our laps? No. We are to put feet to our faith. We are to be active in doing what God would have us to do while we wait. The thought that we are entitled to anything is incorrect. Anything we receive is because of God's grace. That includes the solution to our challenges and learning to wait.

So, my friends, I am here to tell you that God is never late. We may not like the timing. But He is never late. The challenges in our lives are there so that God can show His glory through our lives. And, we know that as this month goes on, our needs will be met.

Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

God will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus! We have no need to fret. Worry never added a day to anyone's life. But we do have an opportunity for God to show his wonder and might through our need.

Today, when you are thinking about that thing for which you are waiting on God, remember to act on it. Pray about it. Take action. Actively wait on God!

May God bless you richly this day and may you know the fullness of His presence in your life.