Monday's Ministry Morsel

The theme this morning for me personally appears to be the reminder to 'wait'. Everything I have opened and read this morning somehow points to that directive. Maybe it's because that lesson is still, even after 38 years of journeying with Jesus one of the more difficult for me to exercise discipline in.

And I am, most likely not the only one who struggles with or dismisses the discipline of waiting.

I have often read and know in my head the words of Isaiah 40:31 that says, "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Yet, having that in my head is not nearly as important as holding onto that in my heart!

The best way to enjoy this week or any week to the fullest is to first be willing to wait on God, watch for God to work and then join Him in the walk. You will discover the joy of unbroken fellowship as you journey in abiding follow-ship.

Waiting is important when you and I feel the most hurried. Each time we choose to refuse that directive, we stumble and find ourselves in a pit. Sometimes it's a pit of discouragement or a pit of disappointment. It may even be a pit of deception or depression but it's still a pit.

It's one thing to stumble into a pit, it's quite another to choose to stay there. Should I spend enough days in a pit I can easily conclude that life is the pits and not worth living at all. And sadly, that describes multiplied 1000's of people today, even some Christ followers.

You will see some this week on your way to the market and you may well see one daily as you look into the mirror every morning.

David, the man after God's own heart found himself in a pit a few times and each time he found God faithful to rescue him and restore him. David said, "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps." Psalm 40:1-2

There's that word again. 'wait'

Lord Jesus, when I get in a hurry, remind me that you aren't!

I was told once by a very wise person-- 'the woodsman is not wasting time when he is sharpening his ax.' The woodsman knows a sharp edge results in less time and energy being dispensed during the actual work.

Be aware of the need to wait and let God sharpen you daily this week for the work He has planned. You will discover that you enjoy the walk much better as you watch His anticipated work unfold in you, before you and through you!

God's best is always best,

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58