Probably the most frustrating part of walking in faith is waiting on the promise of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit.  God’s timing is impeccable, but usually it is not in accordance with how fast we would like Him to be.

One great example of this is found in Acts 27:9-11.

Here, Paul is a prisoner on a ship bound for Rome.  After docking on the island of Crete, it was decided to proceed further before settling in for winter.  After all, there was a schedule to keep.  However, Paul had been warned by God of an impending storm and warned the crew not to leave the harbor.  Ignoring Paul’s warning from God, the crew set sail and faced a tremendous and damaging storm.  Graciously, God spared all the lives on board.  However, the ship was a total loss.

How many times have we allowed ourselves to mistake the urgent for the necessary and failed to consult with God and in doing so plunged headlong into a disastrous storm? Instead of waiting onto Lord for His choice of mate, we allowed ourselves to be driven in the arms of the wrong person.  Or, instead of waiting for direction and provision, we made a purchase that put us years in debt.  Or, we found out too late that the grass was not greener on the other side and should have stayed where God placed us instead of taking that new position or job.  Listen, God’s delay may be for our preparation so that we are equipped for the promotion God has in mind for us.  When God says no, He doesn’t mean never. 

What we need to do is to learn to be patient and wait on the Lord.  I have a tendency to want to get in front of Jesus.  How about you?  Psalm 37:34 says for us to “wait on the Lord and follow His path.”  If we do so the promise is that “He will honor you.”  Doesn’t that sound good to you?  What is one area, relationship, or decision that you could entrust to God and wait more patiently on His timing? 


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