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The single most important thing and yet the absolute hardest thing for a leader, called, tested and prepared by God is to wait on God.
It must have seemed like 70 years instead of seven days to Joshua and his men to walk around The Wall of Jericho seven whole days in silence when they were eager to attack. But God had a better plan. So they marched in silence.
Joseph was locked away 14 years in an obscure foreign prison, even though God had shown him decades earlier an incredible vision for his future. A vision he could not shake, yet he languished for years as a prisoner and before that in a pit dug by his brothers because of jealousy.
Yet Joseph remained faithful because he knew what God had shown him. Joseph waited on God.
When God revealed to the prophet Habakkuk what He was going to do to the nation of Israel because of their rebellion, God told Habakkuk to "write the vision And make it plain...for the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry." (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
Habakkuk wanted to know when would all the things God had told him would take place. God simply told him at "an appointed time." What time is "an appointed time?" God's perfect time.
Sometimes even though God has shown us clearly a vision for our next move, next job, business, next political office or ministry, what we cannot do is get ahead of Him. It is always wise to wait on God.
When others doubt you, wait on God.
When people gossip and talk about you, wait on God.
When you're ridiculed and dismissed, wait on God.
When you're misunderstood, wait on God.
When some turn their back and walk away from you, wait on God.
When it seems you have no one to turn to or depend on, wait on God.
When you have no resources, wait on God.
When it seems as if God has forgotten about you - He hasn't - wait on Him.
Get the picture?
If Moses, Joseph, Ruth, David, Esther, Daniel, Nehemiah, Paul, Jesus, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. Billy Graham, and so great a cloud of witnesses too numerous to name could speak to us from the grave, they would tell us God is worth the wait.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
The appointed time is God's time and according to His timing, which is always the perfect time.
Consider the success of so many who waited on God. Jesus Himself is waiting on God to tell Him when to return.
Trust God's timing. Don't throw in the towel.
Don't try it your way.
Don't beg, borrow, steal or deceive.
Simply wait.The vision is yet for the appointed time - it will surely happen for you, just as God has planned.
God does not lie and what He has decreed over your life will become reality.
The promotion, the victory, the job, your next move - all happens right on time, in accordance with God's perfect will and perfect timing.
We Are In Trouble when we refuse to wait on God.
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Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 2:49 PM CDT