Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Better Way

"In repentance and rest you will be saved, 
In quietness and trust is your strength.” 
But you were not willing, 
And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” 
Isaiah 30:15-16

God's timing is always right, but far too often His children refuse to wait on Him. Sometimes they feel He's delaying to their detriment, so they take matters in their own hands and rush ahead of Him. The Lord won't honor such disobedience. He has a plan for all the circumstances in our lives that He wants to accomplish for His glory and our blessing. When we doubt God's ability to rescue us, we must repent of our lack of trust and rest quietly in Him. When we do, our spirits will be strengthened. It's not always easy to sit still and trust in God to work, but when we practice patience we find that the outcome is always better than it would have been if we had rushed ahead of God. "Certain of God's people are in trouble and distress, and they are eager for immediate rescue. They cannot wait God's time, nor exercise submission to His will. He will surely deliver them in due season; but they cannot tarry till the hour cometh; like children, they snatch at unripe fruit. 'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven'; but their one season is the present; they cannot, they will not wait. They must have their desire instantaneously fulfilled, or else they are ready to take wrong means of attaining it. If in poverty, they are in haste to be rich; and they shall not long be innocent. If under reproach, their heart ferments towards revenge. They would sooner rush under the guidance of Satan into some questionable policy, than in childlike simplicity trust in the Lord and do good. It must not be so with you, my brethren, you must learn a better way." (Spurgeon)

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