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Waiting On the Lord

  • Dan Miller
  • 2011 19 Sep
Waiting On the Lord

I hear a lot of people explaining long periods of inactivity as “waiting on God.”  As a coach, I cringe, wanting to tell them they aren’t going to get any points on the board if they aren’t even in the game.

In times of crisis it’s easy to shift responsibility – and blame – on God.  Certainly we know He is all-powerful.  But what does that mean in regard to what is expected of me.  Can I expect God to literally pay my rent, find a job for me, or deal with the bank’s demands?  At some point we become God’s hands and feet – without us His work does not get done.  And His work is not just preaching, praying or proselytizing.  It’s mowing yards, making violins, building houses, delivering pizza, or teaching school kids – with excellence.

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them…he cried, “Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?”…God said, “I did do something. I made you.”

Evangelist Hudson Taylor once said:  “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help him. I ended up asking him to do his work through me.”

Knowing our unique talents is critical to completing our purpose and calling.  Then we can be engaged in meaningful and fulfilling work.   Periods of reflection and meditation can be helpful for clarification and confirmation, but then we must take action.

“When any man holds ‘twixt chin and hand a violin of mine, he will be glad Stradivari lived, made violins and made them of the best.  If my hand slacked I should rob God, since he is the fullest good, but he could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.”  –  Antonio Stradivari

I certainly don’t want to “rob God.”  

What causes you to get stuck in indecision?

 Dan Miller is today's leading authority and personality on careers and 'Work You LoveTM'. As bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, and now No More Mondays, Dan reaches over a million people every month in his newsletter, podcast, and blog with the best trends and opportunities in the workplace and small business. For more information, visit