by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday March 20, 2006
The Requirements of Waiting
Waiting on the Lord is a basic principle in the Christian life. The problem is that doing so runs counter to our human nature. We want to take action and grasp what we desire, but the Spirit says to sit still before God and receive from Him. To counter what “self” tells us, God’s Spirit will help us grow in four areas.
Faith. On his own, man can make little sense of the command to pause before the Lord. Human logic says, “Surely God expects us
to reason things out;” however, only when we regard life from a faith perspective will the benefits of stillness become clear. During times of uncertainty or great stress, we find comfort as we are quiet in His presence. The more we develop a strong belief system, the better we will become at practicing this discipline.
Humility. To counter our natural inclinations, we must be convinced that we need God and that we cannot live without His guidance. Only then are we willing to submit our lives and ourselves to His way and His timing.
Patience. This characteristic is essential if we are to remain in our present situation and refrain from taking action until God directs us otherwise.
Courage. When people second-guess our motives or pressure us to make a decision, godly courage is required. Through our practice of quiet dependence on the Lord, we will be able to stand firm.
Waiting on the Lord is not a waste of time; it is a declaration that God is in charge. Furthermore, it demonstrates a significant investment in kingdom work. Why not invest your time in this wise way?
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