Is God asking you to wait? Join the great cloud of witnesses who went before us. They too were often faced with seasons of waiting. Usually after a promise from God comes a delay. Ugh….right!
In Habakkuk 2: God says; “these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly,steadily,surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.”
We don’t like to wait and we often want to know when! But while we wait God is working on our character, using the obstacles in our lives as a predictable pattern designed to grow us spiritually.
Noah waited 120 years from the time he was told to build the ark before the flood came.
Abraham was told he would be the father of many nations and waited until he was 99 to have his first child.
God told Moses he was making him a great leader to deliver the people to freedom and out of slavery, and he waited 40 years in the desert.
Joseph had a dream and God promised him he would be a great ruler. Before he was ready he spent years in the pit, slavery, and prison.
His timing is perfect. He often lets problems seem like impossibilities. But delays never destroy His purpose. There is a big difference between “no” and “not yet”.
So we’re learning to wait and often through difficulties where circumstances scream against our hopes and dreams, and critics steal joy.
Hold on friends,God our good and faithful Father is proving our faith, teaching us to trust Him, and building our character.
Read on as Rick Warren shares his heart in a devotional message.
Rick Warren — Apr 27, 2015
“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does.” (Job 37:14 GNT)
You have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn off the television. You can’t listen to God and the TV at the same time!
The reason why God may never speak to you could be because you’re never quiet. Something is always going on in your mind, so while God is trying to get through to you on the telephone of life, he’s getting a busy signal. You’ve got to reserve time alone with God.
The Bible says in Job 37:14, “Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” (GNT).
God wants to spend time with you. He says, “Pause, be quiet, get alone, and learn solitude so I can talk with you.”
Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet.
Is getting God’s dream for your life worth a day of your life? Have you ever taken an entire day and done nothing but be alone with God? Talk to God in prayer. Let God talk to you through the Bible. Relax. Think. Write down the thoughts he puts in your mind. Set some goals. Look through your schedule. Set your priorities. Spend the day saying, “God, where do you want me to go? What direction do you want my feet headed?”
God speaks to people who take the time to listen — not just for a day, but also on a regular basis. This is called a quiet time.
You think you don’t have time for this? We’re talking about figuring out why you’re here on Earth, so you’ve got to make the time.
Talk It Over
Do you want to hear God speak to you? What are you willing to do about it?
Think about your quiet time. How much time do you spend actually being quiet and waiting on God to speak to you?
What are the distractions you need to eliminate so that you can be still and quiet?