Do you find yourself in a waiting period? Where you are waiting to discover what God’s purpose is for you? What that ‘good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ is. And you are just thinking… “God, please let me know already!”
If you do, this one is for you. Through Moses’ burning bush experience I think we can learn so many important lessons. Here are 3 key points to know as we go through our waiting period. (Based on Exodus 3:1-9)
1. Are you learning?
It may be so easy to feel discouraged when the wait period has gone on for too long. And it may feel like God may have forgotten about you. Moses was out in the desert for forty years. FORTY YEARS! (Lord, please don’t make me wait that long). And he was tending his father-in-law’s flock. Can you imagine this man that has gone to the best schools, lived in a palace and was a prince but yet he was out there looking after animals.
God placed him there for a reason. It’s often said that Moses spent 40 years thinking he was somebody, then spent 40 years finding out he was nobody. Finally he spent 40 years finding out what God could do with somebody who was nobody. Moses learnt humility, he also learnt the skills it would take to lead the Israelites through the wilderness.
The same applies today. There is a reason for this season of wait. Are you using this time to learn the skills you need? It is important that in your waiting season you are not static, just sitting there waiting for God to drop the plan on your lap. That’s not how it works. Make sure that whatever you are doing in this wait period adds to your skill sets, adds to your knowledge, adds to your spirituality and builds on your relationship with God.
2. Has God got my attention?
As you are going about learning things and discovering new things during this wait season, it is important to make sure that a God has your attention. It can be easy to lose sight of that when you a busy being busy. It wasn’t until God saw that a he had Moses’ attention that a he started speaking to him (Exodus 3:4).
Praying is essential and sometimes we just pray and pray and pray never taking the time wait for God to respond. Nothing worse than a one sided conversation.
With so much going on in life, that quiet time with God is not ideal, it is essential. Establish devotional time when you can pray and read His word. (See blog about devotional time) It is through His word that a He talks to us. And it is important to shut off the background noise of life in order to hear what He is saying.
3. Do I know who God is?
This links in with point #2. God introduces himself to Moses so that Moses knows who he is talking to (Exodus 3:6). God mentions He is the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the same God who gave all those promises in the Bible that all apply to you because He is your God.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6
With out faith it is impossible to please God. Because we need to know that He exists. And not only exists but also believe who He says He is. That is, He is a good God, He is a good God to me and that a His plan is perfect. Therefore, if I am walking according to his purpose, I don’t need to worry about this wait. Knowing who God is through His word it becomes easy to trust Him, to trust His process and to trust this waiting period.
What are some of the things you are/will be doing in this wait period?