I listened to Chip Ingram speak today on waiting on God. Oh, it was good!
Chip said that the first step to finding out God’s will for any decision you make it getting yourself to the place where you are willing to let go of your agenda and let Him have his way. My words, not his, but that was the gist.
Tough, so tough!
Especially tough for people who want their own way, and let’s face it, who among us doesn’t. But what happens when we push and shove to get our way? God’s voice gets silenced in the process. He won’t compete with the world’s noise. No, He waits for us to get really quiet, really settled, really determined to know his choice before He speaks.
Of course, it doesn’t always happen this way, but for me, it mostly only happens this way.
It’s not until I am ready to go either way about a particular action that God reveals which way He wants me to go–well, at least that is what happens when I stop, pray, and earnestly ask for guidance or an answer.
Some answers are time sensitive.
Some answers won’t come, they are more about trust.
Some answers look an awfully lot like the opposite of what I asked for.
Some answers come easy, but many come hard.
So why does a mighty God wait to tell us his opinion on things? I think it’s because until we ask with a sincere heart, we don’t really want to know.
Sometimes He waits until we REALLY wanna know!
Yesterday I made a decision, and I waited on it for a while before I posed a question to an other. I didn’t want to seem out of step with my position, or intrusive, but I felt I needed to say something and tried to say it the least offensive way possible. I probably should have prayed about it more, and slept on it overnight, but I didn’t. Now, I have speakers remorse to deal with. Ugh!
When have you waited for an answer that was not immediately delivered? When have you acted without prayer, or prayed without action?