Day 191: Steady Trust or Impulsive Impatience? (July 10)

Yesterday we talked about unplugging before moving on, and today I want to talk about walking out the middle.  The in-between.

I’m always observing others and evaluating myself, it just seems to be the way I’m wired.  I like to watch how people walk through things and then keep the things I see working for them and toss out the mistakes I see them making.  I like to learn from my own, and other’s mistakes.

One mistake I’ve witnessed and committed multiple times in life is, impulsive impatience.  It seems to be the polar opposite of steady trust.

So often we hear God and begin to move in His direction.  But over time it’s easy to let impatience take hold and become impulsive.  I’ve seen more than one person share something God directed them to do, and my spirit bore witness.  Then I would see them just a week or two later and they had already completely abandoned that word because of discomfort or impatience.  Each time I witness this behavior my spirit grieves.  It’s as if God gives me glimpses of these moments to remind me how important and worthwhile it is for me to stay in step with Him and not be so easily tossed about.

We are destined for greater things.  Unfortunately, many will never see them because they refuse to stay the course.  I don’t want to be that person.  Lately, I’ve endured such large amounts of discomfort, all the while being tempted to push past the word of the Lord and claim my own path.  But I refuse.  I refuse to settle for less than simply because it took longer.

Good things are worth the wait.  Just because our culture is more impatient than ever before in history, doesn’t mean that our walk with Jesus should change to accommodate that.  God never changes.  His plans can take time.  There is one account after another in the Bible where long periods of waiting preceded some of the greatest moments in history.

Take a moment today and open your Bible.  Look for stories of God revealing and then fulfilling promises.  It’s good to take time to remember.

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?  Numbers 23:19

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17