'A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.' And He left them and departed.
He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the Cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'
If the way our Creator defines time is so much broader than our minds can grasp, so is the way our Lord defines waiting.* Is it sitting in our comfy cozies, refusing to walk where we cannot see, procrastinating longer and longer, preferring here and now to go and try, or making skepticism our stop sign?
Because I've heard complacent Christians say, 'I'm waiting on God for my big breakthrough: for the ideal time and the model team.'
'Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest' (Ecclesiastes 11:4, New Living Translation).** In other words, if we wait on perfect paths, people, positions or provision, we'll be sad saints sitting on the sidelines.
Does a racer's crown require no running? Does a boxer's prize require no fighting? Does receiving gifts require no giving? Does a test of faith require no working? Does a talent's light require no shining? Does a Promised Land require no going?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Waiting on the Lord is not passive. It's an active participation. It's a faithful anticipation. It's a working collaboration. It's following His Son's Commandment: Go unto all the world with Good News! When we're busy in His commission, He will bless us in our submission.
To Be Continued
* Short article: What does it mean to wait on the Lord? http://www.gotquestions.org/wait-on-the-Lord.html
** Ecclesiastes 11:4 (other translations): http://biblehub.com/ecclesiastes/11-4.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.