Many times in our lives when we deal with what we feel is a set back in our lives we tend to get impatient. We all want what we want, when we want it. The generation we live in is a fast-paced generation. It almost seems as if you're not moving right along with the fast-paced life you may miss out or get left behind. In the bible, as Joshua lead the Israelites, God gave Joshua specific instructions for specific times. He instructed Joshua to make sure that all he set out for Joshua to do was exactly how and when He told him. If not, there could be consequences or even a failed mission if Joshua did it when he wanted to and didn't obey God. There may have been times where Joshua probably felt he knew a better way or a better time to do the work God asked of him, but he knew being obedient to God was the better way. How many times do we try and get ahead of God because we seem frustrated or impatient. What we want and think we need may not be what God has for us. It can also mean that the timing isn't the best at the moment. When we take matters into our own hands and we try to do God's work for Him as if He needs our help, we mess it all up. I can just picture God with His arms folded, chuckling like, "You think you got it? Ok let me see how this turns out for ya." Then when we mess it up we have the audacity to run and question God expecting a response as to why things didn't go as He planned. If things don't happen fast enough for us we run off and do it our way. A marriage that God never intended for you, you go and marry someone God never told you to marry.
Desperation sets in and since your "clock" was ticking or you see all the women around you getting married except you. You think God needs your help and you are ready to say, "I do" to the first one who asks for your hand in marriage. It can happen with a car, a house, a job, a business. You did not go to your boss which is Jesus and get His blessing on it but we move in our feelings and what we want RIGHT NOW.
Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
The Lord gives us comfort in this verse by letting us know that even when we want to rush into something because of fear and anxiety at the feet of Jesus is where we find, comfort, joy and peace. His way is the best way. We need to use the wisdom of the Lord and know that everything isn't for everyone at any given moment. God has already written our story, He has already lined up blessings that we can't even fathom to be in our possession. The best way is God's way! If it ain't God, it ain't a go! It's a no-no.
I don't know about you, but I'm speaking to myself when I say that when I don't get what I want, when I want it, I tend to get an attitude. I have been realizing that whether I'm upset or have an attitude or not it STILL isn't going to get me what I want and when I want it- although that would be great, but we cannot manipulate God's hand!
I challenge you today: What is it that you are so in a hurry for that God is saying, no or not yet?!
Are you willing to be obedient to what He says even if it's a hard no?
Are you willing to be still and listen to His voice even if it means you not getting your way?
By: Josie Thomas