“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Prov (19:21).
Have you ever had a case you felt so strong about that no matter all the warnings forbidding, you were all bent to push ahead. Yes, even when God made it clear you should hold on, but still you decided to just go ahead. You were in a bit of a hurry. But then what happened!
There is the story of the final missionary journey of Apostle Paul. Arrested and now taken to Rome to stand trial before Ceaser, Paul had a premonition from God concerning the journey. He decided to warn the centurion under whose guard he was and the ship owner of the danger ahead, advising them not to sail. “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also” (Acts 27:10).
But the centurion and the ship owner, together with the ship captain, who possibly were more conscious of beating a deadline and suffering as little loss as possible caused by delays, which might affect their earnings, ignored a good warning from God. They pressed ahead.
Now no sooner had they sailed than the ship run into a huge storm. “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm..” (vv 14-15) Later the ship did run aground (vv 41). Fortunately all would be spared of total destruction. But once there was calm, “Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss” (vv 21).
The truth of this is that sometimes it is best to wait on God. There are those matters which everyone faces once in a while and one feels he must go ahead no matter all the warning signs from God. It could be moving to a new address. Perhaps it is launching a new venture. In some cases it is setting out on a new journey of life. And God is saying wait.
Rather than pushing ahead, against all advice, why not wait on God. The cost from a mud rush folly might come at a great cost. “…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:33, ESV).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in all my affairs, may I learn to wait on you, for when I go with you, I know victory will comes, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!