Life & Faith / My Two Cents

Some Wisdom on Waiting

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Oswald Chambers’ wisdom blows my mind.   Thought I’d share a blurb from his book My Utmost For His Highest. It should be especially insightful if you can’t sit still and have Life ADD like I do:

“Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.’ Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!..'” -John 13: 36-38

“There are times when you can’t understand why you cannot do what you want to do.  When God brings times of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait.  The timing of waiting may come to teach you the meaning of sanctification–to be set apart from sin and made holy–or it may come after the process of sanctification has begun to teach you what service means.  Never run before God gives you His direction.  If you have the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding.  Whenever there is doubt–wait.

At first you may see clearly what God’s will is–the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, or something else you feel is distinctly God’s will for you to do.  But never act on the impulse of that feeling.  If you do, you will cause difficult situations to arise which will take years to untangle.  Wait for God’s timing and HE will do it without any heartache or disappointment.  When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.

Peter did not wait for God.  He predicted in his own mind where the test would come, and it came where he did not expect it. “I will lay down my life for Your sake.”  Peter’s statement was honest but ignorant.   “Jesus answered him, ‘…the rooster shall crow till you have denied Me three times'” (13:38).  This was said with a deeper knowledge of Peter than Peter had of himself.  He could not follow Jesus because he did not know himself or his own capabilities well enough.  Natural devotion may be enough to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His irresistible charm, but it will never make us disciples.  Natural devotion will deny Jesus, always falling short of what it means to truly follow Him.”  -Oswald Chambers

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