DEVOTIONS WITH PASTOR BOB
6 Practices In Our Christian Life
# 1 Trust in God’s Timing (lesson 2)
David Leonard-"I will wait"
God has a timing for all that takes place in our lives.
Here are a couple of examples of those who had to wait for the right timing;
JOSEPH (GENESIS 37–50)
The book of Genesis tells the story of Joseph, who waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God had given him.
He was falsely accused and imprisoned before the time came for him to do what God had shown him, what he was to do.
THE ISRAELITES (EXODUS 13:17-18)
God led the Israelites the longer, harder way on their journey to the Promised Land because He knew they were not yet ready to go in.
There had to be time for their training, and they had to go through some very trying situations.
They wasted a lot of time wondering about God's timing, but God never failed to take care of them, and to show them what He wanted them to do.
THE DAY OF PENTICOST
As the disciples met and ate a meal together with the resurrected Christ, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem.
But that they had to wait for the promise that they had heard from Jesus.
That John baptized in water; but they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
And when the Holy Spirit would come on them, they would be able to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world. (Acts 1:4-8)
The birth of the Church was to take place on the day of Penticost, which was a Jewish festival where people would be gathered in Jerusalem from all over the Roman Empire.
They did wait and they were endued with power from on high through the Holy Spirit.
THE SAME IS TRUE IN OUR LIVES
God's training period simply requires us to do what He tells us to do, when He tells us to do it, without questioning, or trying to figure everything out on our own.
WE NEED TO LEARN TO RELY ON GOD!
Proverbs 16:9 says,
A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.
Proverbs 20:24 says,
Man's steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?
SOME TIMES WE DON’T UNDERSTAND HIS LEADINGS
When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don't make sense to us.
So, we're not going to always understand His leadings.
If we try to reason out everything, we will experience frustration, confusion and misery.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO LIVE!
Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
TRUSTING OUR LIVES TO HIS CARE
This sounds so simple, yet too many times we make the mistake of trying to figure everything out by ourselves.
Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care.
This is what it means to make him Lord of our lives.
When we do make Him Lord, we can say with the psalmist,
“I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, you are my God.
My times are in Your hands” (Psalm 31:14-15).
Proverbs 3:34 says,
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Jesus said in John 15:5,
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in them,
Will produce much fruit.
For apart from me you can do nothing”
“Humility” is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect and help us.
When we humble ourselves and say, "God, I don't know what to do, but I'm trusting You,"
then God gets in gear to help us.
When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will exalt us
(1 Peter 5:6).
"Due time" is God's time, this is when God knows we're ready, not when we think we're ready.
The sooner we understand and accept this, the sooner God can work His plan out in our lives.
I Will Wait (Live) - David Leonard
Lord, we thank You that You will answer our prayers in Your perfect timing. Help us to pray by faith consistently and long-term to believe, wait, and then move forward in Your timing. Help us to be patient in prayer, and not give up. Help us to trust You even during moments when we feel negative emotions. Help us not to take matters in my own hands. We choose to be faithful in prayer. We choose to hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess. We thank You that You have all wisdom and will answer our prayers in the perfect way, at the perfect time.
In Jesus’ name, amen.