2017-06-25 - Look Before You Leap
Often we make the same kind of mistake Moses did. We want to do God’s work, but we are not willing to wait for His timing. We jump the gun. Remember, doing the Lord’s work isn’t always the same as carrying out His will. We must also have patience, and must wait for His leading and timing. This means looking to Him instead of circumstances.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14 HCSB)
Moses looked to see if anyone was watching, but he didn’t look to God to see what He wanted. Our lives must be typified by prayer for the leading of the Lord.
“Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17–18 HCSB).
Consider how you are living your life, and who is leading you - yourself or God.
The End of Life
The end of life is not to do good, although many of us think so. It is not to win souls, although I once thought so. The end of life is to do the will of God. That may be in the line of doing good or winning souls, or it may not. The maximum achievement of any man’s life, after it is all over, is to have done the will of God. No man or woman can have done any more with a life; no Luther, no Spurgeon, no Wesley, no Melancthon can have done any more with their lives; and a dairy maid or a scavenger can do as much. Therefore, the supreme principle upon which we have to run our lives is to adhere, through good report or ill, through temptation and prosperity and adversity, to the will of God, wherever that may lead us. It may take you away to China, or you who are going to Africa may have to stay where you are; you who are going to be an evangelist may have to go into business, and you who are going into business may have to become an evangelist. But there is no happiness or success in life till that principle is once taken possession of. ~ Henry Drummond 4
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.