” Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD,
“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit,
that they may add sin to sin;
who set out to go down to Egypt,
without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! (Isaiah 30:1-5)
When the way you planned to run your day, or the way you planned to live your life is cut off or slowed down, the unbelief in God’s direction tempts you in two ways depending partly on your personality, partly on circumstances:
It tempts you to give up, bail out. If there’s going to be frustration and opposition and difficulty, then I’ll just forget it. I won’t keep this job, or take this challenge, rear this child, or stay in this marriage, or live this life. That’s one way the quest for speedy response pushes us. Give up.
You quickly make rash counter moves against the obstacles in your way. You become impetuous or hasty, impulsive or reckless. If you don’t turn your car around and go home, you rush into some ill-advised detour to try to beat the system.
When we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of his guidance and directions. It springs up in our hearts, especially when the road to success gets muddy or strewn with boulders or blocked by some fallen tree.
Before we look at Isaiah 30, I want you to see this relationship between the promises of God and his ability to direct the path of every believer in Proverbs 3:5. How did David survive the turbulent storms in his life?
“He trusted the Lord with all his heart, he waited 15 years after being anointed by Samuel to be king, he refused to lean on his own understanding or strength, he acknowledged the Lord in all his ways and the good Lord in return directed his path”.
“Waiting for the Lord” is an Old Testament way of describing the opposite of impatience. Waiting for the Lord is the opposite of running ahead of the Lord and it’s the opposite of bailing out on the Lord. It’s staying at your appointed place while he says stay, or it’s going at his appointed pace while he says go. It’s not impetuous and it’s not despairing.
If you are tempted not to wait peacefully for God, to let him give you your next move—if you are tempted to give up on him or go ahead without him—please realise that this is a moment for great spiritual warfare. Take the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17), and wield some wonderful promise against the enemy of impatience.
“The steps of a righteous man are being ordered by the Lord….Psalm 37:23….It’s not your speed that gets you to your destination, it’s diligently following the Lord’s direction”.
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…and though he stumbles he will not fall down, for the Lord upholds him with his hand! One of my favorites. Still held in the difficult dark times! Dwight
Nice one Dwight. He enlarges the footsteps of those that trust in him, so that their feet may not slip. It’s nice to have you comment. Thank you
You are welcome!
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This was awesome. I spent a long time trying to do things on my own and thinking that I was doing what God wanted and in the end I was doing what I wanted. This is a great minder to wait on the Lord. His timing is awesome and when his timing comes it makes something beautiful.
His timing is always remarkable. Why? Because to us he may be coming or answering late but when he does show up or answer he ends up being on time and we totally forget that he is late. All we end of remembering is “He is too faithful to fail. Thanks dear for commenting.
Yep I totally agree. You’re welcome.
Wow …love love love ❤️
Thanks a lot. Am glad to hear you say that. Hope you get to stick around?
Oh yes, I am here for all of it!
Smiles…..Cool. Thank you
You have a wonderful blog. Am glad I visited it. Keep up the good work. More grce
thanks but no doubt yours is also excellent. And am glad being your follower.
Together we make a team.
Yes we do. Thank you.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! IMPATIENCE IS REALLY MY DOWNER. God bless you. You can literally smell the Holy Spirit in all this.k2
Awwww, Thank you for your very kind words. It’s so thoughtful of you to stop by and share with us. Yes, the Holy Spirit is the seal of our promise to heaven. He teaches us all things and reveals all things to us. Please do visit again.
I would… you got me jumping for joy as the problem of always wanting to figure out everything by myself has been SOLVED. you have no idea how ecstatic I feel..
That’s good to know my dear. Keep been happy and don’t let anyone take that away from you. I am glad I could help. Thank you for your kind response