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"The Early Bird And The Late Worm"


​"Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed…"

Psalm 25:3

Decisions, decisions the old saying goes. What if I am wrong? Can I miss the will of God? Great questions to ask when deciding on what to do. I love that little old saying that goes, "It's the early bird that gets the worm". It has been used often with regard to discipline and diligence. Yet, did you know there is another saying that uses the same characters to teach the exact opposite concept? It goes like this, "It's the late worm that misses the early bird." Sometimes there are great advantages to waiting, especially in life when it comes to waiting on the Lord.

There is a book titled, "The Contemporary Christian" that deals with the concept of "Vocation and Service" to the Lord and how the Lord goes about preparing men and women for His service. Sadly, many a good man falls by the wayside by being impatient and not trusting in the Lord. In the book it said, "It is a mistake to be in a hurry or to grow impatient with God. It took Him about 2000 years to fulfill His promise to Abraham in the birth of Christ. It took Him eighty years to prepare Moses for his life work. It takes Him about twenty-five years to make a mature human being. So, then, if we "have" to make a decision by a certain deadline, we must make it. But if not, and the way forward is still uncertain, it is wiser to wait. I think God says to us what He said to Joseph and Mary when sending them into Egypt with the child Jesus: 'Stay there until I tell you' (Matthew 2:13). In my experience, more mistakes are made by precipitate action than by procrastination."

A few months ago now I sought council from one of my mentors about some very important decisions I needed to make and his advice to me has been priceless. He told me after listening to me in detail that the best thing I could do was wait. Understand loved one, that advice stood directly in opposition to my own heart and what I personally believed the Lord was showing me at the time and I told him so, and he told me that was all the more reason to trust him (my mentor) and the Lord, and wait. Thank God I did, and he was exactly right in what he said the end result would be. Think or say what you may but the Word of the Lord stands, "Love is patient". Not just sometimes, all the time.

I learned a valuable lesson that day from meeting with my mentor that has transformed my life and my trust in Jesus as I learn to wait on Him. Love is patient, child of God, just consider the heart of God towards you and me. Trust me when I say, "opportunity may only knock once but temptation leans on the doorbell." Be patient as you wait on God to work in your life. You are a masterpiece, or as the book of Ephesians reminds us, "God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that He prepared beforehand…

Did you get that? "God prepared beforehand", and that beforehand scripture speaks of is from eternity past. Just thinking about God's sovereignty blows my mind. God is working on our behalf and the best thing we can do today is to wait on Him. Rest in the Lord, beloved of Jesus, trust in Him and know that His ways are high above our ways and that's what makes Him God and we the sheep of His pasture. Waiting on God is always good though its far from easy as most of us would admit that patience hasn't had its perfect work in us "yet". So, God, being all knowing continues to place us in situations and circumstances in this life where we must choose to wait. I know its hard and the enemy might even accuse you of being lazy as you wait and trust in the Lord.

Take it from me, from someone who knows first hand from failing to wait, it takes much more effort and energy to clean up the mess from not waiting on God than it does to having nothing to clean up after because we were waiting and trusting the Lord. Consider Abraham for a moment, the father of faith who couldn't wait for the promise of God regarding he and Sarah having a son. A son that God Himself promised them. In their impatience they set out to "help God" and produced an Ishmael, and the world has never been the same since.

Yes, loved one, the best things in life are the things God desires for each of our lives and are received not by our works but by God's grace. If you believe this is true then join me today, hurry up and wait on the Lord knowing…

"But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31


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