Think you got this? Are you sure you don’t want to wait on the Lord? He has a good plan already mapped out, but if you steamroll ahead—you’ll mess things up. And if that happens, the wait could take even longer, if not permanently derailed.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Believe it or not, God knows what He’s doing!
There could be any number of reasons (none of which God has to discuss with us) why He wants us to operate within His time frame. He could be: ripening our fruit, developing our faith, preparing the manifestation, or maybe it has nothing to do with us directly, but more about other people who are in the equation. Then again, all these considerations, and others might be in play. All we have to do is relax; knowing the Holy Spirit will guide us, in His timing—in His way.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
When has jumping ahead of the Holy Spirit worked? I guess a better question would be: Who benefits, and who loses when we don’t wait? Anytime we don’t submit to the sovereignty of God, the enemy wins—we lose. If the enemy can’t sway us away from God’s plan entirely, he’ll pressure us to give birth—prematurely.
Making a conscious decision to step over God’s timing, is allowing pride (I know what’s best attitude) to dictate our actions. A prideful heart is an abomination to the Lord (see Proverbs 16:5).
Can’t clock faith!
Last week while waiting on God to answer a prayer, I found myself telling Him: I’ll be too old if you don’t hurry up. That’s when He reminded me that He knows how old I am. Not only does He know how old I am, but how many seconds I have left before I take my last breath. If what I’m waiting for is part of His plan, He will fine-tune, alter, and tweak what needs to be adjusted. Once we put a time limit on our ability to believe, it’s no longer faith.
Here’s how I know when I’m stepping ahead of God:
• God whispers in my spirit: Wait!
• I feel an uneasiness about moving ahead.
• A state of urgency attacks my emotions.
• My heart rate increases.
• I feel a supernatural push against my better judgment.
It took years for me to identify these five triggers. As time goes on, I’m sure this list will increase. Can you identify your warning signs?
Are you among the ones waiting on the Lord?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.
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