I have heard people say I can’t wait to see what God is going to do! Years ago, I was so guilty of not only saying that phrase but I just waited for God to move on my behalf. I attribute some of this to erroneous teachings that were going on in the body at large but also due to the fact that I had seen God tangibly move so mightily in my own circumstances that I placed him into a pattern of performing for me.
When we are not obedient to do what we know how to do we get trapped by the snare of the enemy into “waiting” on God to do something for us (and then getting frustrated because he hasn’t) when all along scripture tells us (my paraphrase) God has finished all of the work and now sits at the right hand of the Father. There is nothing more that God has to do…the burden is placed on us.
Now, with all of that being said, how is it that we think that God can be manipulated into dancing (so to speak) to our tune? And, in this, I speak to you from experience. God, give me the finances I need, God give me the ________I need in order to do ___________fill in the blank.
Think about this for a minute. The original disciples (Apostles) were sitting around waiting (tarrying) on the promise from God in the upper room. They did this because they were told to do this. They did not just fabricate it from their minds. Some of them truly had lost heart due to the gap in time (about four months) and were even considering going back to their old professions, but they all gathered in the infamous upper room to PRAY and it was only then that the spirit hit them.
If you are stagnant and are ‘waiting for God to move’ then by all means go into your upper room, pray (and fast if necessary), place a fleece before the LORD if you have to in order to get clear of the confusion or fuzziness you are experiencing. And, then get up and then listen. But do something. God will not do anything without our participation.
I believe he listens to us utter those words of I can’t wait to see…and says, but I have already done everything and I am waiting on you to do something. Don’t ever just assume that God is going to move right in the middle of your circumstances (mess) without you doing your part. If you have lack, then do your part by working. If your body is aching know that you have to take care of it by proper eating and exercise. If you are tired check yourself and your sleeping habits. If you don’t make enough money to support yourself or your family consider going back to school or just getting a full-time or part-time job but do something to help and I promise you that God will honor that.
Much love to you this weekend,