Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Convo with Pastor - 1 Samuel 13:8-9

Saul waited ... seven days for Samuel ...
but Samuel still didn't come.
Saul realized that his troops
were rapidly slipping away. 
So he demanded, "Bring me the
burnt offering and the peace offerings!"
And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.
1 Samuel 13:8-9
 
Is patience your virtue?
 
It's not mine. It's not many of ours.
 
Are you -- like me -- always anxious for our desires on our time and based on our schedule? Are you -- like me -- constantly tempted to judge things based on your own perception of your own circumstances? Are you -- like me -- continually needing to learn to wait for God's time ... and finding that an ongoing process?
 
We may think the consequences of being like Frank Sinatra and doing it our way in our time are small and insignificant. But they are not!
 
The hand of the Lord was with King Saul. But Saul did not wait for the Lord. He took matters into his own hand. He presumed the timing of God and the role of the priests. And God's blessing was withdrawn.
 
That's a convicting story. And the question is: Are you -- like me -- more convicted than ever to learn to listen and wait even better?! 
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who knows the blessing
(Jesus and his forgiveness)
and want's to wait until I discover
the fullness of his call and purpose and power
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Patient? Me? um ... no. And so often, waiting on the Lord is the hardest type of waiting of all. I am plagued with doubts ... is this really what I am supposed to be doing? maybe I should 'do' something while waiting? Or are there times that God wants us to simply wait. Not 'do' anything ... just wait. Oh how hard that is!!!

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