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‘And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”’ (NRSV)
God works in our lives according to his schedule. We must not reorganize it according to ours. And if we do try and force our agenda, well the results can be less than satisfying, resulting in disappointment and frustration.
God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit then our Saviour began his ministry. One event, then the next, in the right order. Jesus was in no hurry, but waited until God showed him the right timing of all activity and he submitted in obedience. Jesus, our example, waited well.
We are prone to be anxious, to want to get on with the next thing. Waiting appears to be like doing nothing. But that is not the case. God is always at work. Whilst externally things seem to be standing still, God is working all events out for our good (Romans 8:28). We must trust the invisible, mysterious work of God even when it seems like nothing is happening. We are called according to his purpose and need to let this purpose unfold in the correct sequence.
Let’s repent of our disobedient inclinations that cause us to run ahead of our Father’s timing. Instead, we can pray for patience, wisdom and the faith to believe in His perfect plan.
Father help me to follow the example of your Son, who lived his earthly life following your timing and the promptings of the Spirit. Forgive me for running ahead and taking matters into my own hands. Give me patience, wisdom and the faith to trust in your plan for my life.
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