1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Have you ever felt like the wheels of your life are spinning in the sand. You know that God has called you to ministry or given you a promise and yet everywhere you turn the road is blocked and you can’t move forward. To many it becomes frustrating and they give up, never coming into that place that God is leading them to or else they try to find another route to bring about that fulfilment themselves. They decide to try and help God out a bit. That is what Abraham and his wife Sarah tried to do. God had given them the promise of a son. The promise was given to him in Genesis 12:1-2 and then again in Genesis 15:1-6. But Abraham and his wife looked at their circumstances and decided that maybe they better help God out a little and in Genesis 16 we see Sarah offering her maidservant Hagar to Abraham that his heir might be found through her. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael and that act of disobedience has been costing the world ever since. God told Hagar in 16:12, that he would be a wild man, that his hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him. How prophetic that has proved to be. Just look at what has been going on outside of Paris for the last week and you’ll see what I mean. The majority of terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by his decendents. But God was faithful to Abraham and Isaac was born to Sarah. Through the line of Isaac came the promise of salvation through Christ.
I have seen so many try to run ahead of God’s promises and wind up frustrated and cold. I saw friends who were on fire for the Lord go to bible collage before they were ready and come back empty shells. I have seen couples that were told to wait, rush into marriage and then wind up divorced a few years later. I have seen churches try to build in the flesh instead of waiting on the promise God gave them and wind up a shadow of what God had really called them to be. All because they chose to try and fulfill what God had promised them through the flesh instead of waiting on Him.
From the day I gave my heart over to Jesus, I knew I was called. For over twenty years that promise was not fulfilled. There were many times I wanted to turn back and just sit in my pew like the majority of believers do today. But His Spirit would not let me and throughout the years when I grew discouraged He would come to me and encourage me. One Sunday after an evangelistic crusade at my church, I sat anguishing in my soul about the calling that I knew I had upon my life and yet seeing no way that it could be fulfilled. I prayed in my heart and asked to God to confirm the calling through somebody else. I said "God it says in your Word that it is always confirmed through the mouths of two or three witnesses. Lord I need to know is this from me or is it from You?" No one heard what I said except God and no one knew what was in my heart because I hadn’t been speaking to anyone about it except the Lord. No sooner had I prayed that then my pastor came up behind me and laid his hand on my shoulder and said: "The Lord, says to you, it is now confirmed in the mouths of two or three witnesses." I nearly fell out of my seat. God answered so directly. There have been many times like that since then. Just like he encouraged Abraham concerning the promise He gave him, He has come to encourage me as well. I am now in that place that He was preparing for me. I now know that if I had tried to come to this place before I was ready, I would have failed as I was not ready for it.
I was reading a small devotion by Darlene Zschech of Hillsongs on Psalm 1. She was talking about the tree by the water and how that tree would produce fruit. But if you tried to harvest that fruit before it was ready it would be bitter, bland and colourless. It would also be hard to pick. But if you waited until the time was right then that fruit would just fall of the branch into your hand and it will be sweet, juicy and colourful.
If you have a promise from God, don’t try to push it. Let God bring you to that place. If He has promised it, He will do it. His word is truth. His promises sure. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. He is preparing the way. Wait on Him. Feast on His Word and when the time is right the fruit will be there and it will be sweeter than anything you’ve known before.
Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NLT)
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