Thursday, October 25, 2007

Long...but well worth it.

Those of you that know me, know that I have much to learn when it comes to waiting on God. My 'patience' meter runs on low more often than I'd like to admit. This devotion from my book 'Streams in the Desert' by, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman was a blessing to my heart today.

Be patient (that's the pot calling the kettle black!), it is a bit long for a blog post, but that has never stopped me before.

Blessed are all they that wait for him. Isaiah 30:18

We hear a great deal about waiting on God. There is, however, another side. When we wait on God, He is waiting till we are ready; when we wait for God, we are waiting till He is ready.

There are some people who say, and many more who believe, that as soon as we meet all the conditions, God will answer our prayers. They say that God lives in an eternal now; with Him there is no past nor future; and that if we could fulfill all that He requires in the way of obedience to His will, immediately our needs would be supplied, our desires fulfilled, our prayers answered.

There is much truth in this belief, and yet it expresses only one side of the truth. While God lives in an eternal now, yet He works out His purposes in time. A petition presented before God is like a seed dropped in the ground. Forces above and beyond our control must work upon it, till the true fruition of the answer is given.

I longed to walk along an easy road,
And leave behind the dull routine of home,
Thinking in other fields to serve my God;
But Jesus said,"My time has not yet come."

I longed to sow the seed in other soil,
To be unfettered in the work, and free,
To join with other laborers in their toil;
But Jesus said, "Tis' not My choice for thee."

I longed to leave the desert, and be led
To work where souls were sunk in sin and shame,
That I might win them; but the Master said,
"I have not called thee, publish here My name."

I longed to fight the battles of my King,
Lift high His standards in the thickest strife;
But my great Captain bade me wait and sing
Songs of His conquests in my quiet life.

I longed to leave the uncongenial sphere,
Where all alone I seemed to stand and wait,
To feel I had some human helper near,
But Jesus bade me guard one lonely gate.

I longed to leave the round of daily toil,
Where no one seemed to understand or care;
But Jesus said, "I choose for thee this toil,
That thou might'st raise for Me some blossomes rare."

And now I have no longing but to do
At home, or else afar, His blessed will,
To work amid the many or the few;
Thus, "choosing not to choose," my heart is still.


Aly said...


This blogspot blessed me today as well. Trust and wait on the Lord. Gloria Gaither once wrote: "No matter how tragic the circumstances seem, no matter how long the spiritual drought, no matter how long and dark the days, the dawn will come. We will know that our God has been there all along. We will hear him say through it all, 'Hold on, my child, joy comes in the morning!'" Praise God for that! Love, Aly

Jess said...

Don't you just LOVE LOVE LOVE that awesome little devotional book?!? It has helped me SO unequivically in the last 2 years! Many great little 'tidbits' in there to be discovered. :)


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