When God Puts You On Hold!


“DON’T TRY TO GET OUT OF ANYTHING PREMATURELY.”-JAMES 1:4 TM

I ran across this the other day and was so encouraged because it spoke right to where I am. I hope that you are as blessed as I was by this. Let it speak to your heart and settle your spirit.

The Bible say’s, “To everything there is a season” (Ecc 3:1). So no matter how hard you pray, you cant pray away your life’s seasons away.

There are some situations you aren’t meant to change-you’re just meant to survive! Paul calls these times, “light affliction, which is for a moment” (2Cor 4:17). When you cant alter your circumstances you must learn to grow through them. In winter, trees take advantage of the season to rebuild there strength and prepare to be fruitful next season. Their sap and substance goes underground. Then in the spring it pushes its way back up again in the form of new growth.

Looking back over your life you’ll find that your achievements are seasonal. Growth comes, then struggle and vice versa. Each season has its purpose. God has a reason for not wanting you to be productive all the time. When he permits winter winds to blow through your life He’s preparing you for the coming spring.

James writes, “Consider it a gift when tests come under pressure your faith shows its true colors, so don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” One of the issues you’ll struggle with in a waiting period is the urge to hurry, to make permanent decisions based on temporary circumstances. Don’t do it!

Every situation doesn’t call for immediate action. Remember, patience comes from trust, and you cant trust a God you don’t know. That’s why you need to spend more time getting to know him, through reading his word and praying. Somebody has said that patience is the quality you admire in the driver behind, but not the guy in front! God is a God of order, He ordains specific times for bringing specific purposes to pass. And it doesn’t pay to get ahead of Him. Certain things cant be accomplished “by might, nor..power.” So how are they accomplished? “By my spirit.”

David said, “My times are in your hands.” (Ps 31:15 NIV). David understood that others cant short circuit Gods plan for you. Once you’re able to acknowledge that, you find peace-and stop trying to, “make things happen.” When God drops a seed into your life it needs time to take root and grow. And you don’t have to be concerned with the outcome because when it is planted in a fertile, faith-filled heart, the results are guaranteed. The hard part is knowing that your on the verge of a breakthrough, then having God tell you to wait. Its when you think he has forgotten you and every second feels like a lifetime, that your patience gets a workout. David said: “ I waited patiently for the Lord  and He set my feet on solid ground and gave me a hymn of praise.” (Ps 40:1-3 NLT). When you honor Gods timing, you always land on solid ground, and end up with a season to praise Him. So when you know you’ve a mandate from God but He puts you on hold, stay on the line till He gets back to you. Its well worth waiting to Get you answer directly from Him. Think about it, would you dare trust any other answer?

-Author Unknown

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