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Devotional - week of June 27, 2004


WHEN GOD WAITS ON US

Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?  Joshua 18:3

The Israelites had begun the conquest of Canaan. However, seven tribes had not yet found a place to settle. The words of Joshua reveal that God was waiting on the Israelites to press on with the conquest of the land.

While there is much in the Scriptures concerning our waiting on God, there is also an emphasis on God waiting on us. Joshua’s statement concerning the conquest of Canaan is a classic example of that fact.

When God is waiting on us to act, we know that there is a price that must be paid.

Chiefly, we hinder God’s plans and desires for spiritual conquests.

The author of Psalm 78:41 captured this truth concerning the Israelite nation.

Yes, again and again they tempted God,

And limited the Holy One of Israel.

Surely, we are amazed at the fact that we could place limitations on God. But we do. He works through His children. When we are not available for those things He desires to accomplish through us, we have limited Him.

When God has to wait for us to give him full possession of our lives, those He would bless through our availability to Him pay a price.

If God is waiting on us, we ourselves are also paying a price. When we are not available to God, we are not experiencing the Christian growth that God wills for us. We are not experiencing the thrill of being used by God to bring blessing to others. We are not experiencing the peace and joy God desires to give us.

If we will continually live out the new-creation life, God will not be waiting on us.