"Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be taken off of its hinges and brought to you on the couch, so stay put and continue binging on Cheetos." Matt 7:7 NAV (Not Any Version)
Wait, is that not the verse?? Are you sure?? Because I have come across an overwhelming amount of people that believe this to be true. The masses must be right- right?
Here's what I've come across. Quite a few people as of late have come to me saying that they just don't know what God's will is for their lives, and have made the active decision to wait on the Lord.
Which is good. I agree wholeheartedly that there are times that we need to get into our prayer closet, close the door and our minds, and let God do the talking.
But I also firmly believe that God opens doors and closes them. In my mind's eye, I picture a hospital. Maybe it's because I've been called to minister to the lost and hurting, but it is what it is. So, as God is closing doors and strategically getting me down the hallway of the infirmary to the bedside of His choosing, I need to be aware of His voice calling the shots- because the door getting slammed in my face is quite painful if I can avoid it.
But I can't get to those who need me if I'm still in the lobby waiting for my number to be called- this ain't the DMV.
I have a light that needs to be shined in the darkness. I am ALWAYS on call. Switch from a medical metaphor to a military equivalency, I am (and I believe we all are) part of the Quick Reaction Force. Army Segway to my next point.
Some of these people whom I describe as the perpetual standby Christians, often quote this to me, "Be still and know that I am God..." Psalms 46:10a. And as I stated before, there is a time and a place for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). But sometimes I believe that people use the Word as an excuse- in this context an excuse for impotence derived from fear.
If you look at the preceding verses in the text, "Come see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease, to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalms 46:8-10.
There IS a war going on, the battle is ensuing, and the author is close enough to the battle to witness and attest to the armory to which he is being threatened with. He is ON the battlefield, not at basecamp. There has to be a war being waged in order for the Lord to make it cease- there must be a bow in use to be broken, and a spear in play to be shattered (both offensive weapons).
The author is doing everything in his power in the natural- and God is telling him "Watch me make up where you are lacking." This is further confirmed in the New Testament "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness" 2 Cor. 12:9.
If God has told you to wait- by all means, standby. But for me, I have to filter my thoughts and feelings through the Word of God and the lusts of my flesh. Am I simply afraid, looking for a scapegoat, grasping at straws? If so, I need to grab a fresh can of AMATS and take the battle to the enemy. God never called me to live a life of comfort, but rather...
"Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" Luke 9:23
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