Waiting On The Lord
Have you ever flipped open the Bible and put your finger on a random verse and asked the Lord to speak His will to you? If you haven’t and you’re tempted to, let me caution you with some of the things you may get:
"Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "-Job 40:7
(Not one you want to hear before bed.)
“A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.” -Ecclesiastes 10:19 (Well, if it’s in the Bible it must be true...)
“Would that those who are upsetting you might also castrate themselves!" -Gal 5:12
(Probably not the verse for the prayer meeting.)
"Refresh me with apples, sustain me with raisin cakes, For I am lovesick." -SOS 2:5
(Gross, get over it Solomon.)
“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion." -Prov 11:22 (Wow, harsh.)
"Very well,” he replied, “I allow you cow’s dung in place of human excrement; bake your bread on that." -Ezekiel 4:12-15 (Ok...enough potty talk.)
Sometimes we can look at a passage of scripture and get a totally opposite understanding of its original intent when we fail to examine the context.
Sometimes we feel like God is remaining silent as we plead for healing, release from dependency, from the bondage of bad decisions, relationships, and choices. So instead of remaining in the weakness, in the posture of a broken needy child of God we attempt to make the change we so badly want.
Have you ever read the account of 1 Sam 13:8-13?
Saul is terrified that the armies of Israel will come be destroyed so instead of being faithful to what God commanded of him he “forces” himself. He’s called a fool for doing so by the prophet Samuel.
8 He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9 So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11 Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12 I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” 13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly."
Some might say, “Well look, he waited and got nervous. What’s the big deal?”
The waiting isn’t the command that was broken so severely, it was the lack of faith that drove Saul to jump past the sovereignty of God.
Much of us live our lives this way. When fear and the pressure comes, when the screws start turning we move before God says to. We open our Bible and look for a verse that supports our cause, then the results rush in from our human actions...”fool, you should have waited as God commanded.”
So Levi, how do I know when to move? Great question. (You guys always ask the best questions. 😂)
I can’t tell you when to move. But I can tell you that God wants us to always error on the side of dependency on/in Him. I know He doesn’t chastise us when we remain in prayer, and faith that He will make his perfect will known.
1. When in doubt, stay on your knees.
Praise God that our confidence in Him is not a measure of His great ability.
2. God does not speak independent of His Word and Godly counsel.
Read the full context of the Bible. Do not pick a single verse to support your belief or “His plan”.
3. If it’s already a command you don’t need to pray about doing it.
Just do it. I hear this a lot. Go and make disciples is a direct command to all. This means you and me. No need to pray. Go find someone and walk with them. Then teach them to do the same thing. How you choose to do that is up to the gifts God has given you, but you are still required to do it. Sorry, not sorry.
4. Lastly, bathe yourself in the Word and wash yourself fully.
We cannot expect to know God's will for our lives if we do not drink deeply of God. Spend the time in his Word and he will speak life into your life.