Don’t Miss the Greater Opportunity

 

“If it is a quiet day, trust the stillness. If it is a day of action, trust the activity. If it’s a time to wait, trust the pause. If it is time to receive that which we have been waiting for, trust that it will happen clearly and with power, and receive the gift in joy.”[i] —Melody Beattie

Today’s Verse: “The Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” (Isaiah 30:18 AMP)

We are often in such a hurry to find our own solutions to problems that we miss a greater opportunity. We’re so conditioned to move the ball down the field, to run to the next thing, to get past a circumstance with our plans and schemes. We’re in such a hurry that we lose sight of the fact that God’s waiting for us. He wants to show us so much, but we’re rushing right past Him.

We need to flip our thinking and realize that God is “expecting, looking, and longing” for us to join Him. We need to stop demanding that He do something so we can move on with our lives, and realize that He’s waiting for us to pause and come directly to Him for rest and His timing.

While we’re trying to find our own answer, He’s waiting for us.

Remember Joseph? Thrown into a pit, sold into slavery by his own brothers, forced into prison by a lying employer’s wife, forgotten by others when he was kind. He had every reason to be angry and bitter; he had been mistreated and abandoned, and he was alone. No one would have been surprised if he’d taken matters into his own hands and desperately rushed into something.

Instead, Joseph waited. He sought first his God. He knew deep in his heart that the blessing would come if he simply waited for God. He waited twelve years and in that time, he learned wisdom and became a man whom God could use.

Joseph lived a pure life of faith and trust in the face of loss, opposition, and hate. He never let go of waiting on God and learning from God.

Why does God want us to wait for Him? Ephesians 3:20 gives us the answer. Paul describes God as He “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (NKJV). Wait on God because He is waiting on you, and when the right time—His time—comes, He will bless you exceedingly.

INSIGHT: God is waiting for us to pause and let Him help us get to a different place than the one we’re in now so He can bless us in ways we can’t imagine.

PRAYER: Ask God to adjust your motives. Ask Him to help you slow down and allow Him to work in you and through you, to change you. Thank Him that He is waiting for you and more than able to help you right now.

LIFE CHOICES:

  • Study Psalm 40:1–2, Psalm 118:8–9, and Proverbs 29:25. Describe in your words what it means to wait on the Lord. What are the blessings of waiting? Why is it so easy to trust our own plans instead of waiting on God?
  • Understand the power of waiting and placing all of your trust in God. Make a conscious decision to slow down and seek God first. When your mind drifts to worry or trying to figure things out, put up a stop sign and wait for God.
  • Discover what it is that God might want to change in you so that He can work through you. Take time to pray and seek how change in you could lead to victory as you walk through the difficulty of loss.

This devotional is from my latest book, The Way Back from Loss, now available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

[i] Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go Journal, (Center City, MN, Hazelden, 2003), 29

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