I have found I love the Faith Play app! Every morning I can start my run out with a great sermon! So if you happen to see me run by heaving and sobbing there is probably no reason for concern, just a really good sermon playing through my ear buds!! This morning I had the privilege of listening to Chuck Swindoll give a three part sermon on “Running Ahead of God”. He pulled a lot from Gen. 16, the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael.
Abraham was promised a child and after MANY years of waiting and no child Ab and Sarah decided to “help” God out. Everything in their plan made perfect sense logically for their era. So long story short a child was conceived, yet not the promised child God had spoke to Abraham earlier about. The child God would fulfill His promise through would not come for another 15 YEARS!!!
Two things I get from this. One: Although Abraham and Sarah’s plan made perfect sense, it’s never recorded that they brought their “great” idea before the Lord to get His take on it. Pray about those “great” ideas. Two: When I get tired of waiting on God my “great” ideas to “help” God out are not going to get God to work any faster. God will not be rushed.
Swindoll offered an acronym for W.A.I.T. that went something like this.
W-walk a little slower
A-ask God a little (a lot) deeper -REALLY pray
I-imagine the worst case scenario – DO NOT RATIONALIZE. Note: This gets harder as we get older because we just get better at rationalizing.
T-think about those who will be affected
I was reminded of Ecc. 11:1-6. These verses talk about clouds, wind, seed… things we cannot control and verses 5 and 6 say we cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Thus I think we are not to waste our time with “maybes” or “should have beens” but in our “wait” we are to do what we know to do right now (even if its just the laundry). Sometimes we need to actively wait. What?!
Yes, I think using the acronym Swindoll gave we can actively wait. I believe if I am actively seeking His will, He will not hide it BUT He very well might whisper it.
Lord, help me not to miss Your whisperings because I’m too busy firing away before I’ve even asked You where the target is! Help me be a better “waiter”. More a “Ready, aim…. Fire!” kinda girl instead of my default “Ready, Fire!!…. aim.”
Independent Read: Prov. 16:9, Prov. 20:24, Isaiah 55:9, Isaiah 30:21, Isaiah 30:18