When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:1 NLT)
God often does not accomplish things on our timetable. Human figures in our lives that lead us often seem absent or ineffective in making us secure. The issue may be who is the source of our security. Waiting on God can either build our faith or fortify our unbelief.
God’s timing is always perfect, but according to human standards can seem a bit tardy. The Lord is not just into accomplishing things but changing lives. What brings change to our lives? It’s faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” Waiting for God can increase or decrease our trust in him. Many have a fast food faith. If God does not bring immediate answers to our prayers, like Aaron and the people, we turn to idols such as our self-sufficiency to manage our lives. “Wait” is what broke the wagon down. Delay, if not embraced as part of God’s sovereignty, can do the same for our faith. Belated-fulfillment of our expectations always creates a measure of doubt. Without doubt, faith may never grow. It all comes down to; do we trust in God?
Isaiah 40: 31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” I guess we can fly in faith like an eagle, or we can walk in unbelief like a turkey.
By Ken Barnes
“A man with leprosy come to Him and begged Him on his knees, ‘If You are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing ‘, He said. ‘Be clean ’. Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. ” (Mark 1 : 40-42)
Jesus spoke with clarity and sincerity.
Because He was the Truth. the words He spoke were acceptable to the openminded hearer. Only His enemies tried to twist their meaning. Jesus acted decisively. On numerous occasions, He was confronted with emergency Situations. Many times He was called upon to deal instantly with complex cases. He did so without hesitation.
His handling of His itinerary gave Him the confidence of His disciples. His leadership was evidenced in many eventful ways.
He was sure, and wanted the disciples to be sure. Peter said to Jesus, “We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6 : 69). And Jesus, in His High priestly prayer was able to pray, “They knew with certainty that I came from you… ” (John l7 :8;
After Jesus had gone back to heaven. Peter was put in prison and the Lord let him: “Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me. ’” (Acts 12 : 11).
Doubt causes wavering, but certainty emboldens, strengthens and reassures.
His words were plain and they were sure.
They would for even more endure.
Of hesitancy there was none,
The Saviour spoke and it was done.
How many times He said, ‘I will’,
And to the sea said, ‘Peace be still’.
So positive His tendency,
The Saviour spoke with certainty.
His promises He will fulfill,
He has the power to instill
His life to ev’ryone who will
Let Him come in. the heart to fill
When it feels overwhelming to look at your budget, your wallet, your bank account, or your bills in general, keep the following things in mind:
- God is in control. It bears repeating that no matter what kind of a mess you have made out of your money, God sees it and knows what you have done. He knows what it will take to bring you back to a place of financial stability and freedom, and what must be done in order to achieve your long-term financial goals. Stressing over it and giving yourself an ulcer will not bring you one cent closer to financial peace, but trusting that God will help you through it as long as you obey His commandments will let you sleep at night.“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
- You cannot fix it overnight. It took longer than a day to make the financial debt, and it will take longer than a day to fix it…unless you are one of those insanely lucky people who inherit millions and get out of debt instantly.
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
- God’s promises are never lies. If you find a promise in the Word of God, you can rest assured that it will not return void. There is absolutely no chance of God reneging on something that He says that He will or will not do, so trust Him implicitly. Even when what He has commanded seems outrageous or downright foolish, do it; you will never be let down by the results. However, I cannot stress enough that you must seek God and be sure that you are hearing His voice…if there is doubt, seek counsel from a Godly person that you trust, and if it goes against His Word in any way, it is NOT God.“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? “Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.” ~Proverbs 23:19-20
- You might mess up sometimes. In fact, I can almost guarantee that there will be a setback or two (or ten) in your journey to financial freedom. We are human, things break or need replacing, and sometimes things just change. Most of these situations we cannot control, but that is what your emergency fund, savings account, etc… covers. If you do not have one yet, do not panic. Just do your best to get back on track, keep focused, and dedicate every expenditure to prayer until you are once again meeting your goals.“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~Maya Angelou
“…and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name … and his sheep follow him because they know his voice”. John 10:3-4 NIV
How do we learn to “know his voice”?
First we expect God has something to say to us. As parents we always have something to say to our children and the same is true of God. Often it may simply be the assurance of his love and care.
Not only is expectation necessary, but also a desire to hear from God. Jesus often said, “whoever has ears, let them hear”. This phrase speaks of deliberately tuning in to what God is saying.
Sometimes I find myself reading the Bible, yet my mind is elsewhere. Even in church I can be singing and yet my mind is far away. Lately I have been challenged to pay attention and focus on God. It’s not always easy. I may not want to listen to God for fear of what he might say. Yet I know, and remind myself, there is no need to fear him who loves me perfectly.
God speaks in many ways. Through reading the Bible, praying and other spiritual disciplines we prepare ourselves to listen. Sometimes words will grab our attention in a way they haven’t done before, or an impression or a desire comes to us after prayer, or maybe an idea drops into our mind that we know is not our own, but is it from God?
It takes preparation and practice to “know his voice” but it will happen as we make the effort to listen.
Meditation by Susan Barnes