Dangers to Beware of While Waiting!

14 Sep

So often, we must beware of ungratefulness. Because our God is good, our lives our good. His goodness surrounds us; His blessings encompass us; His mercy upholds us; His beauty rests on us. It is so easy to quickly forget the Lord during our times of bounty and then take our lives and desires into our own hands and do things our way instead of learning to continually lean on Him and wait for His guidance. We succumb to the deception that since things have been so good they’ll continue to be good. We tend to forget that all things come from our Father’s hand – what is given can easily be taken away. When we become ungrateful, we end up finding ourselves lusting or desiring exceedingly – wishing for God to give us more and more. Impatience, anger, and selfishness will be a result of unfulfilled longings and desires that are not under the control of the Spirit.
“They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:13-16 What a sad story! May God spare us from this awful development. If would only be a tragedy to have God give us what we want and then send leanness to our souls. We would end up losing interest in spiritual things and we would start to backslide.
When we take our eyes off our blessed Jesus, we can so easily covet and desire more of the goodness that He has blessed us with in the first place. We end up thinking we deserve more and would be better off with more. It’s so easy to become discontented, discouraged, selfish, impatient, disgruntled. How often we forget that it is only by His grace that we are blessed with all that we have, no matter how small or how great. We must always remember that we deserve absolutely nothing! We are wretched sinners who were bound for hell and eternal separation from God; but our Lord, in His infinite mercy, bought us, redeemed us, and now desires us. We, as His children, can bring Him so much pleasure. Just our redemption alone is much more than we would ever deserve; so let us be thankful for all that He gives in His timing for we ultimately are worthy of nothing. Those who compare themselves amongst themselves are not wise….how often those words slip our minds when we end up looking at what others are blessed with and wonder why we aren’t in the same place. When we compare ourselves, we lose the blessed sweetness of enjoying the blessings that the Lord saw fit to bless us with and we end up coveting that which we do not have. This leads us into breaking one of the Lord’s commands….”thou shalt not covet”. This is where the enemy wants us…He wants us taking matters into our own hands and wants us to think that we know more than God. Is this not where He tempted Eve in the garden? He hasn’t given up…he’s still on the war path to destroy and to kill those who are in love with Jesus. He will not give up. We must beware; we must fight against this; we must withstand in the evil day having done all to stand.
We ought to never be ashamed to wait on the Lord – (Psalm 25:3, “…let none that wait on thee be ashamed:”). Waiting takes great initiative, great strength, great determination. It is not for the faint of heart. When one waits they place their dependency on the one being waited for. They are laying aside their own urge to take matters into their own hands and to just be satisfied with trusting the outcome to the one they are waiting on. This is what the Christian life is all about; yet, it is one of the hardest things to do. Do we not depend on God for our every need? Are we not suppose to be laying aside our own desires and affections and be setting our affections on heavenly things? We don’t even realize the multitude of opportunities that God gives us to teach us what it is to wait on Him.
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3 Responses to “Dangers to Beware of While Waiting!”

  1. Lisamarie September 14, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Sarah, this was a very timely post for me! The Lord is teaching so much about my attitude and gratefulness. I’d never thought to compare ungratefulness with coveteousness. Thanks for the insight and encouragement!!!

  2. Robin September 15, 2007 at 3:14 pm #

    Sara, these waiting articles remind me of advice that you gave me a while back about being faithful in the small things, and then God blesses us with greater responsibilities. I know I have visions of grandeur…of doing “great things” for God that all the world knows about. 🙂 But I must remind myself that the Lord sees our works done in secret, and blesses them just the same. Waiting on the Lord, I am learning that my time is best spent in serving those around me. My family, my friends, my church…even when I don’t get the acknowledgment or gratitude I think I deserve. (I know, what a selfish attitude!) So, thank you for these reminders of why we are to wait on the Lord, and keeping our hearts and minds fixed on Him! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth October 3, 2007 at 12:12 am #

    Your posts on waiting have been a great blessing to me. This particular one is exactly what I needed today! (I came to your site via YLCF). Thank you!

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