Slow Down You Move Too Fast
It is the last Friday of January already! I want to throw out an anchor and stop the clock. My direction on devotionals has changed from the first part of the week. It seems that God has other things for me to write than what I had planned. Several different ways in which he was talking to me had to do with waiting.
Waiting is not something praised or practiced in the world very much. We have become a world of the NOW. If you question that here are a couple of sayings that 40 or 50 years ago were common wisdom;
- Wait until marriage
- Saving for a car
Now we “try out a relationship to see if it will work” and buy cars and everything else on payment plans with zero down financing. We want and get it NOW.
Somewhere along the way we bought in to a new philosophy expressed here by Ayn Rand: “Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.”
Starting with a false premise; that God doesn’t want us to be happy or great here on earth she then proposes that we should claim it here and now on earth. Ms. Rand was very antagonistic to Christianity and God and as far as I know went to the grave without the hope of eternal salvation. If so she received exactly what she wanted, all of her rewards here on earth.
In the change from a rural to an urban society and with the coming of the consumption society we also accepted the lies that we could have it all and have it all right now. We believed that we could run our lives better than God. Or in some cases that we could read and use the Bible like a smorgasbord:
“Let’s see, I take a little of that and yes I like the way that sounds. Ohhh, I don’t like that, I couldn’t be happy living that way. Oh, I like this part…..and so on, filling up our plate just the way we wanted.
God didn’t make the world that way. God created universal laws when he created everything else. Just as Ford Motor Company designs vehicles with a purpose and limits and puts an owner’s manual in the glove box so that we know how to operate it, so God has done the same with us. Whether direct communication with Adam and Eve in the garden or later in written form of the Torah, and eventually the complete Bible. Sure we can run outside of the owner’s manual but we will pay the price sooner or later.
The secret to a truly happy life is learning to wait on the Lord. Today I have been looking at all of the times in scripture that it talks about waiting on the Lord. The Lord gives us this promise in Isaiah 64:4
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
The Psalms are full of verses talking about waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord can take many meanings. I am going to take a look at just a few of them today.
Psalm 27: 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
This was a prayer of David when he was being pursued. So we should pray to the Lord when our foes seek to do us harm and wait on the Lord for an answer. This does not mean that we never have to respond; like David we may have to go out and do battle but only when we know that is the Lord’s will and timing.
Psalm 33:20, We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In the day’s this was written no soldier would throw down is shield to save weight and go out to do battle. To do so would assure his early death. How often do we throw down, discard what the Bible says and go out to solve the situation in our own way?
Lamentations 3: 37. Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? 38. Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? 39. Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?
I know there is nothing about wait in this verse. The point here is that many times I have heard people say “God wants me to be happy so I am going to do…..” Calamities and good things happen to us in life. God doesn’t promise if we accept Him and follow him everything will be easy. It is the waiting, praying and trusting in the hard times that grows us, proves us and completes us in our faith.
Psalm 37: 1. Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; 2. for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Verse 4 says Delight yourself in the Lord. The word delight is filled with meaning. Looking at a dictionary, I picked out these words that you could replace it with: enjoyment, pleasure, satisfaction, appreciation, savor, bask in, please, gratify. Exchanging these words for delight gives a much greater depth to the verse. In understanding delight in the Lord, verse 7 makes more sense. God has an appointed time for everything. If we understand His timing then we will not go off on our own and suffer the consequences.
The famous verses in Ecclesiastes 3 address this: 1. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2. a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, …. To really understand and appreciate this we must be willing to wait on the Lord.
Where ever you are on your highway of life, I hope you will take time to pull over and wait on the Lord when appropriate.
Posted on January 27, 2012, in DAILY DEVOTIONAL and tagged Ayn Rand, Bible, Christianity, Daily Devotional, Ford Motor Company, God, Men's Daily Devotional, Psalms, wait, waiting on the Lord. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.