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What are you waiting for?
Posted: Oct 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Let’s just be honest right off the bat…….we don’t like waiting.  We don’t like waiting for traffic or the check that is owed to us or for our favorite football team to play that week.  We don’t like waiting for food so we have microwaves.  We don’t like waiting for snail mail so we have email.  We don’t want to wait for the commercials to be done before continuing on with our favorite show so we have DVR or tivo.  While I would generally agree that we are people who don’t like to wait, that is clearly not always the case.  I came across a verse in Ecclesiastes that had this to say about the subject of waiting.  This verse was written by David’s son Solomon who apart from Jesus himself was probably the wisest man who ever lived.  Ecclesiastes 11:4 says this:

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.  If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”

I am not a farmer.  I’m not a huge fan of working outside, planting corn or smelling like cow manure.  But I do know one thing about farming……if you don’t plant, you won’t harvest.  It really is that simple.  There are so many people in today’s world that need the stars to align before making a decision to do anything.  We want the perfect church, the perfect spouse, the perfect job or the perfect ministry opportunity.  So many times, we wait for circumstances that may never exist.  There is no such thing as a perfect church, spouse or job.  We are all imperfect people who are attempting to please a holy, righteous and perfect God.  Don’t be so surprised when an imperfect person lets you down.  I have talked to so many people who don’t go to church anymore because of a bad experience that happened to them 10 years ago!  Listen.  I am not trying to minimize your situation in the slightest.  I am genuinely sorry for any of you who may have been hurt by anyone.  But I think that at a certain point, we need to be willing to let that stuff go.  Jesus did and we are called to be like him.  If farmers waited for the perfect conditions to plant or harvest, they would be bankrupt.  We need to stop being so afraid of what might happen.  We only have one shot at this thing called life.

There is so much uncertainty today.  I can see it in my own life sometimes.  While I would normally consider myself to be a fairly decisive person, I know what it is like to put things off for sure.  I certainly need to learn how to wait on God at times in my life.  But I also believe that there are certain times when God says to me, “stop waiting and start doing something!”  If I always wait for everything to be perfect before I move forward with anything in my life, I am going to wake up one day with my whole life behind me instead of in front of me.  Life is challenging and all of us have a risk of being hurt.  But I would much rather take a step of faith while doing something and be disappointed than sit back and do nothing and have regret.  The world awaits you and Jesus is coming back again soon.  I want Him to find me doing something for Him.  What about you?

With Expectancy!

Corey

corey@firstassemblywest.com

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