Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)
Act On Your Behalf
I have a couple questions to ask you. Go ahead, I’m listening. Will you wait on me? Will you wait for me to act on your behalf? Now, before you quickly answer, I have a few more questions to ask you. I’m still listening. Will you take matters into your own hands? Will you rely on yourself instead of on Me? Will you quickly and foolishly and rashly, think and speak and act unwisely? Now, you have me thinking. What are you thinking? I’m thinking that I need to answer your questions honestly. I’m thinking that I need to confess what I have done rather than state what is obviously the correct answer. What have you done? Most often, I have quickly and foolishly and rashly and unwisely taken matters into my own hands. I have relied on myself. Why is that a problem? You want me to rely on you. You want me to place all my faith and hope and trust in you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to come and ask you for what I want and need. Yes, I want all these things for you. What has been the result of you taking matters into your own hands? I have not grown in my faith and hope and trust in you. My relationship with you has not grown more intimate. I have not learned to consistently and persistently, come to ask you for what I want and need. As a result, I have not received all that you have wanted to give to me. I have not allowed you to act on my behalf. Those are very serious consequences of not waiting on me and allowing me to act on your behalf. That is true, but these are not all the serious consequences I have suffered by relying on myself and taking matters into my own hands. What else have you suffered? I have made mistakes. I have taken missteps. I have sinned. My own foolish and quick and rash and unwise thinking and speaking and acting has brought pain and suffering into my life. Acting on my own, I have not led the life you have called me to live. I have not born fruit for your kingdom or brought glory to your name. I have not been a bold and bright witness for you in the world. That is going to change right now. How so? I am putting a stop to my relying on myself rather than on you. From here on, I will wait for you, I will allow you to act on my behalf. I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I will ask you for what I want and need. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for setting me apart to be one of your followers. Thank you for forgiving my sin and cleansing my unrighteousness. Thank you for purifying my heart and mind. Help me to continually call on you for all that I need. Hear and answer my prayers. Amen
Key Question… How has God acted on your behalf, in ways you could not have imagined, as you relied on Him?
Living It Out… Wait on to God to act instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will act on your behalf as you wait for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has acted on your behalf as you have waited for Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you wait for God and allow Him to act on your behalf.
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