Hi – I’m reading “Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith” by Charles R. Swindoll and wanted to share this quote with you.
“If that describes you (if it doesn’t now, it will soon!), I have a four-letter word for you: wait. The word forms an acrostic of four imperatives that you may find helpful. Walk a little slower. When you feel the need to hurry God along or to make something happen to advance God’s agenda for your life, apply the brakes. It’s time to slow your pace, step away from the situation, and devote yourself to a time of solitude and prayer—and perhaps even fasting. Ask some trusted advisers to join you in seeking God’s mind—people who have the love and courage to say things you don’t like to hear. Then resolve not to hurry things along. More often than not, we regret the things we did, not the things we didn’t do. Ask God for increased patience, wisdom, and self-control. No doubt you have already prayed for this, but the very fact that you’re agitated and itching for action says you need to continue asking. Your best decisions occur when your spirit is calm, when confidence in God’s sovereign control has displaced your worry, when you’re tuned in to the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit. Use prayer as an opportunity to express yourself fully to the Lord. Describe your worry, your fear, your frustration. He already knows everything, of course, but it’s a great relationship builder—not to mention amazingly therapeutic. Imagine the worst-case scenario that might happen if you waited. Instead of running ahead, stop and think ahead: What’s the worst possible outcome if I do nothing? When a situation truly demands action, this question can bring good ideas to the surface. Most often, however, the answer is disappointingly dull. In the case of Abram and Sarai, the worst possible outcome for waiting on pregnancy was more of the status quo. Think of others who will be impacted by your decision. Running ahead of God’s timing always causes collateral damage. You hurt yourself, which is bad enough. You also cause harm to innocent bystanders. In Abram and Sarai’s case, their running ahead changed a young woman’s life forever, and a child was born into a tense, divided household.”
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