The God who created the universe and has sustained it needs our help, right?
The God who knows all things, even to the point of knowing what we need before we ask, needs our help, right?
The God who is powerful enough to heal, save, and deliver needs our help, right?
That sounds a little absurd to me. But how many times have our actions given a “yes” answer to these questions?
I remember being miserable in certain job situations. I would put out countless résumés, only to have search committees move to another candidate. I tried to plan other escape routes, only to create more detriment to my life.
Have you done that? Maybe taken the first guy or girl who came along after a breakup because you didn’t want to be alone? Taken a job that wasn’t meant for you because you were desperate to leave where you were? Moved somewhere because you thought you would advance, only to discover that God had nothing to do with your move?
We have all done similar things. We act like God is so busy that He can’t handle the entire earth. More accurately, we are too impatient to trust that God knows what is best for us, so we do something stupid.
Such was the case with Abraham and Sarah. God promised them a son. Sarah got impatient and came up with a not-so-bright idea to permit Abraham to have sex with Hagar. She conceived and gave birth to Ishmael. What happened? Everyone lived happily ever after? Not quite! Sarah lived in jealousy, Ishmael and Isaac were at odds with each other (the reason for continued hostility in the Middle East today), and they all lived with long-term consequences to what seemed like a short-term fix.
Our consequences affect more people than we realize. Getting ahead of God actually creates delays. Why do you think the Israelites wandered for 40 years? They obviously were not learning what God was trying to teach them.
It is not natural for us to wait on God. This is a discipline we must learn. Thanks to a self-help, instant-gratification, “God helps those who help themselves” society, many have written God out of the equation. Waiting on God does not mean being lazy while you twiddle your thumbs and wait for God to do something. It is actively obeying and doing what you know to do until God reveals the next step.
Dear friend, save yourself some heartache. Don’t sell out for something less than God’s best because you want something now. You may permanently miss out on what God has truly meant for your life.
P. S. I’m preaching to myself on this one too.