So many of us are making petitions to the Lord, and waiting for direction from him. Today, I want to explore the word of God on this topic. What we should be doing while we wait.
For some waiting on the Lord means to literally sit and do nothing until he responds. Others call themselves “stepping out on faith” which means to throw caution to the wind purchasing things that they don’t have the money to pay for, and believing that God is going to open up a fishes mouth for them and pay the bill. Not realizing the contextual circumstances under which Yahushah (Jesus) did that, which was not for the purpose of buying million dollar homes, or extravagant cars, but to pay for something that He himself said His people shouldn’t have been subject to paying because of the kingdom they were apart of. (Matt. 17:25-27) He was meeting a need for his people not a whim. One is obedience, the other is presumption, we must make sure we know the difference.
Many will say we are not waiting on God, God is waiting on us, and that is true. The reason why God doesn’t give us the thing we are waiting for, is because many of us are not mature enough to receive it. This is like a parent who stores up clothes too large, saves up money for college while a child is still a toddler, or waits months or years to give them something important that was purchased in advance. We are not withholding things from them to punish them, but we are waiting until they are mature enough to appreciate it. If you give them something before they understand the value of it they will misuse it or devalue it. Likewise, the Father is waiting on us.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Many of us are asking God for something that he is saying not now, for this very reason. We are asking but he is saying “no” for the same reason you wouldn’t give a ten year old a brand new car or your fifteen year old their college fund to invest. We misuse what he has blessed us with, and then rather than return to Him in repentance, we actually ask Him for more things that takes us further away from Him. For some of us the only way we will stay near the cross is when we are in trouble. But what if our wants were simpler? What if all we wanted from God is what he wants for us? What if we just placed our lives at his feet and said, Father I don’t want anything sooner than I am able to handle it, I only want what I am spiritually mature enough to handle for now. What if we chose to be faithful with that which he has given us that he said we are mature enough to handle? Perhaps then we would see the fulfillment of this passage of scripture in our lives.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
So I leave you with this question, what are we seeking the Father for? Is it for things that we want, or are we seeking for things that will help us bear fruit for his kingdom, so we shall be his disciples?