Why Wait?

Why Wait?.
InTouch.org Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Read | Psalm 25:4-5

Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon.
A Psalm of David.

    1To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
    2O my God, in You I trust,
         Do not let me be ashamed;
         Do not let my enemies exult over me.
    3Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
         Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. 
    4Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
         Teach me Your paths.
    5Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
         For You are the God of my salvation;
         For You I wait all the day.
    6Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
         For they have been [a]from of old.
    7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
         According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
         For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD. 
    8Good and upright is the LORD;
         Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. 
    9He leads the humble in justice,
         And He teaches the humble His way. 
    10All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
         To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
    11For Your name’s sake, O LORD,
         Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
    12Who is the man who fears the LORD?
         He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
    13His soul will abide in prosperity,
         And his descendants will inherit the land.
    14The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
         And He will make them know His covenant.
    15My eyes are continually toward the LORD,
         For He will pluck my feet out of the net.
    16Turn to me and be gracious to me,
         For I am lonely and afflicted.
    17The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
         Bring me out of my distresses.
    18Look upon my affliction and my trouble,
         And forgive all my sins. 
    19Look upon my enemies, for they are many,
         And they hate me with violent hatred.
    20Guard my soul and deliver me;
         Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
    21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
         For I wait for You.
    22Redeem Israel, O God,
         Out of all his troubles.

On life’s road, crucial decisions are like intersections that call for a choice of direction. If we barrel through without seeking the mind of Christ, the road we pick may lead to regret and heartache. Although the Lord is ready and willing to offer clear direction, He doesn’t always give it quickly. Knowing that He has very good reasons for withholding immediate instruction can help us wait patiently at the intersection for His guidance.

At times God leaves us in our confusion because He wants to get our attention. When everything is running smoothly, we tend to forget the Lord. But uncertainty draws us back to Him like a magnet. By aligning our steps with His and walking in submission to the Spirit, we open our ears to hear His voice.

Our waiting time is God’s preparation time. In bringing about His sovereign purposes, He may put us on hold while He coordinates events to line up with His will. Sometimes the Lord has work to accomplish in us before we are ready to handle what He has planned for our future. If we instantly received His direction, we would never grow in faith. Spiritual maturity is evidenced in the ability to wait in peaceful confidence, trusting that in His time, we will know what to do.

If impatience tempts you to jump ahead of God’s timing at a crossroad of decision, you risk stepping outside of His will and missing His blessings. But by waiting until He gives clear direction, you will walk in His peace with certainty, instead of stumbling around in anxiety and confusion.

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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