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Patience

God’s Timetable

  

God told the children of Israel that they couldn’t enter Canaan until the oldest generations had passed away.

So why didn’t they just kill those folks to get there faster? Wouldn’t that have worked?

I’m sure you are thinking “no!!”; rightly so. 

The Children knew that if they killed the people they would be going against God’s law “thou shalt not kill”.

They wouldn’t be rewarded for wrongdoing. It wouldn’t have helped out. It would have made it worse. 

Put that on a small scale. 

How often do we take matters into our own hands even when it goes directly against God’s will? What do we wrongfully compromise to get an intended end result?

It won’t work in your favor. 

Follow God’s guiding throughout the entire journey. His will, and timetable, are always perfect. 

Years Later

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I remember praying Take My Life by Chris Tomlin as my husband and I traveled home with our firstborn seven years ago.

I wanted nothing more in my life than for her to live completely for Jesus. In fact, mine and my husband’s verse is 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

You can imagine how we felt when she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior a couple of years ago.

We were overwhelmed. And very thankful to our Jesus. He gave us exactly what we had been asking Him to do for years.

We’re praying for our youngest children to accept Christ when He calls them.

But until then we will go on praising and thanking Jesus for the opportunity to come before Him on His throne.

And for answered prayers, no matter how long it takes.

Let your requests be made known to God. He’s wanting to bless you.

Keep Engaged

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Job 32:8

John 21:15-17

Acts 10:9-16

Sometimes I feel like I just don’t get what The Lord is trying to teach me.

It’s discouraging and I feel like if I don’t figure it out quick enough then The Lord will just throw up His hands in frustration and move on.

So I was very encouraged while studying my bible this morning. Because even though I knew God doesn’t just dismiss His children in frustration He gave me an example.

Peter.

Three times Jesus asked Peter “Peter do you love me?”.

Three times Jesus had to say to Peter “feed my sheep.”

Jesus also gave Peter a vision concerning what once was unclean meat.

Three times God had to tell Peter that it was now okay to eat what was once unclean.

Three times.

The Lord kept speaking to Peter until he got it.

Peter just stayed engaged. He kept communicating with The Lord until it finally dawned on him what was being said.

Our God. The creator of each and every human that has ever walked His beautiful earth cares enough about us to patiently teach us. He doesn’t give up on us.

Don’t give up on Him. Be still and know that He is God.

Don’t Write It Off

Romans 8:28

John 1:43-49

Maybe you’ve given up hope. Maybe you’ve already decided that the situation or perhaps even a relationship is too far gone for any amount of restoration.

Nathanael had done that very thing. He had already determined within himself and boldly declared to Philip that nothing good could ever come from Nazareth.

Then Philip introduced him to Jesus, a Nazarene, and his opinion was forever changed.

Good had come from somewhere he had never expected.

Don’t give up hope. Keep trusting in Jesus. He’ll work good in your situation.

God Will Provide

Psalm 27:14

Genesis 22:1-14

Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord will Provide.

Abraham found this to be true when he went to offer his son as a sacrifice. God provided a ram to be given instead.

God will come through for you. Just wait and see.

Redeeming the Time

Psalm 27:14

Elijah was a prophet of God. He walked in the ways of The Lord. He kept the commandments. God was able to use him because of his willingness and obedience to the will of The Lord.

One day Elijah made an announcement: “there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

Immediately after Elijah had made this declaration he began waiting upon The Lord to give him the word to pray for rain.

In the meantime he lived near a brook where birds fed him…he took part in the resurrection of a small boy…he disproved the prophets of Baal by the power of God…he lead an entire nation back to God…

All of this happened as he waited on God.

Elijah had continued to work for The Lord as he waited on His direction. He probably never imagined that it would be three years before God would have him to pray for rain…but that’s how long it was and Elijah was a faithful servant through it all.

You too should be about The Lord’s business as you wait upon Him. Continue to do His will in your life. Don’t come to a halt as you wait for Him to answer prayers.

Work while you wait.

Promise Keeper

Romans 4:21

The word of The Lord spoke to Jeremiah. It told him that his cousin, Hanameel would come to him, offering a piece of land for him to buy.

Soon after, Hanameel comes to Jeremiah, offering the piece of land to buy.

Jeremiah knew that it was of The Lord because the transaction was exactly as the word of The Lord said it would be.

Our God is reliable. He is faithful. He is a promise keeper.

If He says that something is going to happen…it will.

Serve God confidently. Know that if He has promised it, it will come to pass.

Ring Ring

James 5:8

The soldiers were closing in on them. The disciples turned to Jesus….”They’re going to take you! Do you want us to kill them?”

Peter didn’t wait for Jesus’ reply. He sliced the ear off of a man.

The disciples realized that they needed the guidance of The Lord. They did good to ask Him what they should do in the situation they were facing.

But Peter wasn’t willing to wait on an answer from Jesus. He decided to ignore The Lord and rely on himself.

Peter made the wrong choice.

Usually we can all be found calling on The Lord. We seek out Jesus because we believe that He knows exactly the right way to respond.

But how often can we be found waiting for The Lord’s response?

Call on Jesus. And then wait for His answer.

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