October 4, 2012

Called to Wait

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 4, 2012

“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David… “David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.” 1 Samuel 16:13, 21

The calling of God includes seasons of waiting in faithful service. David was anointed and experienced the power of God, but it was over twenty years before he became King. Public responsibilities require private experience and success. The Lord’s calling starts with a thorny crown of commitment and grows into a shiny crown of respect. The flesh wants to influence the masses prematurely, but the Spirit is patient to pay the price of wise waiting, before proceeding.

We have the opportunity to be faithful where the Lord has us. His power is prevalent through our humble prayers and our quiet acts of random kindness. Jesus doesn’t discount small deeds done in His name. Thus, whatever we do, we do all for the glory of God. We visit the elderly, we care for the dying, we rescue the unrighteous, we carry one another’s burdens and we shepherd the flock of God—all for Him. We win while we wait, because Christ is positioning us for influence.

“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45

Do you face a giant obstacle that threatens to derail you from God’s best? Have you forgotten why the Lord has taken you through this trial? His call for you to wait is an opportunity to understand where to go next. In this parenthesis of time, He has prepared or repaired your integrity, so you can engage intense encounters with the enemy, without compromise. Jesus works out His will while you wait. He grows you to grow bold in your belief in Him.

Furthermore, heed His call to wait, so you can create a sustainable schedule of activity. Jesus has not called you to be everyone’s friend. Everyone’s friend is nobody’s friend. Relationships that are an inch deep and a mile wide die a shallow and slow death. But when you go deep with a few, you grow loyal and lifetime friendships. Create significant space in your calendar, so you can respond to Christ’s call. Budget your time, as you budget your money. God’s call to wait is your opportunity to become humble and wiser. Work faithfully while you wait and watch Him work!

“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20

Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow me in humility and wisdom as I wait on Your next step.

Related Readings: Psalm 130:5-6; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 26:8; Lamentations 3:24-26; Jude 1:21

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  1. Sometimes God speaks to us through those small nudges. Act on them. Small things done for Jesus become big things when empowered but the Spirit of God!

  2. Jennifer Ramsey says:

    Friend I wanted to share this with you today’s bible reading. Enjoy

  3. Really needed this today! Thank you!!

  4. What are you facing?..... What you are facing.... You are facing.... says:

    For over a year now everyone has been hinting or mentioning that I am facing something. Well everyone knows what that something is except me. It is the biggest secret that has been kept from me in my entire life. The Christian community has been saying it over, over, over, over, over, over, and over for the past year or more. We call it preparation. I pray that God will cancel this evil scheme. What ever it is. Today I learned that what ever I am facing is indeed evil on the highest level. Read between the line, “Do you face a giant obstacle that threatens to derail you from God’s best?” If I didn’t know how to read, I would have thought that it was the biggest blessing that I have ever encountered in my entire life.

    I don’t know if it is being used to control me, scare me, threaten, intimidate, crush my spirit, cause me to give up, manipulate, or to simply destroy me. But I do know that whatever it is that everyone says I am facing was indeed prepared and created by a man or evil men. It has been in the making for some time now.

    Is what I am facing larger than God? Does God know about it yet? Will God deliver me? Will God reveal Himself in this situation? Will God save me from the schemes of man and the enemy who uses man? I guess I will have to do as I am told and WAIT, like deer in the middle of the road waiting for a truck to swing the curve, says a recent co-worker.

  5. Brandie says:

    I just read the post right before mine and I just wanted to say that whatever you are facing God will take you through. Romans 8:28 tells you that God works all things together for your good. I encourage you not to worry about what other people have been saying the last year. Read the word and trust God’s promises. God promises never to leave you or forsake you and something big coming your way does not mean it’s something negative. I’m going to send a prayer for you right now. Hope you have a good day.

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