Four Lessons Learned on Your Journey (2)
November 23, 2012
“Call to me and I will…tell you…things you do not know.” Jer 33:3 NIV
Third, you learn the secret of prayer. Do you feel lost in unfamiliar territory, uncertain as to what your next move should be? God uses such times to get your attention, call you back to Himself and encourage you to lean on Him, your unfailing source of strength and wisdom. Stop trying to figure everything out by yourself! God says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you…things you do not know.” Take your problem to the Lord and ask Him for a solution; He won’t disappoint you. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (Jas 5:16 NIV). Fourth, you learn the power of patience. When the Holy Spirit gives you direction and puts a goal or dream in your heart, it’s easy to be quick on the trigger and want it to happen overnight. Timing is crucial. And it’s under God’s control, not yours! Waiting for God’s timing isn’t wasting time, it’s essential in developing two qualities you need—faith and hope. “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Ro 8:25 NIV). While you are learning patience, God is at work arranging things on your behalf, and also producing Christlike qualities in you. The Psalmist said that his hope was in God. What’s your hope in? Good luck? The economy? The doctor’s prognosis? As long as your hope is in anything other than God’s unfailing love and goodness, you’ll wrestle with uncertainty. What’s the answer? “Their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Ps 112:7 NIV).