TLW III: When We Don’t Wait

imageWaiting requires patience. The last part of the series ended with talk of waiting patiently. Not only don’t we wait patiently, we don’t wait at all. We take matters into our own hands. We don’t wait for a man to find us (He who finds… Proverbs 31: ). Instead, we are out hunting.  I’m not, saying you shouldn’t be out and about where you are in a position to be found.  What I am saying is that you should allow men to pursue you. The question becomes, is a little nudge okay?  🙂 That ‘s for you to pray and think about.

But, don’t be in a hurry. As the old adage says, “haste makes waste.” 🙂 It causes wasted time with the wrong person or people.  This is time that you can never get back. When we don’t wait, we end up in bad situations with men God did not intend to have significant roles in our lives.  Just because someone is a good person does not mean that he is necessarily right for you. Plus, when we try to create our own relationships, it sometimes causes us to hook up with non-believers.  2 Corinthians 6:14 advises us against becoming involved with non-Christians.

 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

We’ve all (at one time or another) thought that God was taking too long to handle a certain situation.  King Saul undertook a duty that wasn’t his (offering the sacrifice) because he felt God was taking too long.  Saul ‘s hasty actions were indicative of his refusal to wait on God to carry out His plan; and, in his haste he created even bigger problems (see 1 Samuel 13:8-23).   His impatience was the ultimate display of his faithlessness.  Another biblical example of a person acting hastily was Sarah giving her servant Hagar to Abraham so she could conceive.  God had promised to make Abraham father of many nations.  Sarah didn’t believe God’s promise could be fulfilled through her, so she took matters into her own hands, which caused problems in the household. (See Genesis 16 and Genesis 21:8-21)  These examples make me think of Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

…to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.    Proverbs 19:2

When we don’t wait on God, we have regrets – regrets of wasted time and energy.  During our singleness, we are called to grow in our relationship with God – not waste our singleness.  Focus on becoming the right person instead of finding the right person by seeking the kingdom of God FIRST. Your love for Christ should inspire you to pursue Christ, your purpose and your passions, as you wait on God’s timing.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

I pray that God gives you the desires of your heart.

Peace and blessings!

P.S. Stay tuned for Part IV.

P.P.S.  Click here to see the birthday pennant and baby shower banner I  made!

P.P.P.S.  I stumbled upon an energy bar recipe (do it yourself Lara Bars) on Tuesday Test Kitchen.  Click here to see the cashew and almond-cranberry protein bars I made.

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