Whoever Watches The Wind

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 302- Ecclesiastes 11:4 - Whoever Watches The Wind - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 302 – Ecclesiastes 11:4 – Whoever Watches The Wind – Growing As Disciples

Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV)

Bold And Timely Steps Of Faith

Will you wait for my guidance? Will you follow my instructions? Will you listen to my counsel? Will you neither run ahead of me or lag behind me? Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask of you? Will you take bold and timely steps of faith with me? Yes, I will wait for your guidance, follow your instructions, and listen to your counsel. I won’t run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. But I do have a question. What’s that? What is a bold and timely step of faith? That is a good question. It is wise that you didn’t quickly pass over those words. Why is that? I will ask you a few questions. Have you always gone and done what I asked you without delay? Have you sometimes procrastinated by waiting for perfect conditions? Have you ever lost an opportunity because you did not act without delay? Those are tough questions. Why is that? I have delayed doing what you have asked of me. I have waited for more perfect conditions before I took an action. I have lost opportunities because I did not act without delay. That is true.

Now, I want to caution you here. How so? What have you done more often? Have you more often lagged behind me, or have you more often run ahead of me? I have more often run ahead of you without consulting you. That is true. I want you to neither run ahead of me or lag behind me. I want you to wait for my guidance, follow my instructions and listen to my counsel. If you do that you will know when to wait and when to act. If you do that then you will not wait for perfect conditions before you act. Do you understand? Yes, I understand.

I will ask you a few more questions. I am listening. Have the conditions ever been perfect when I have called on you to act?

Have you ever felt completely ready and totally prepared to go and do what I have asked of you? Have I asked you to take bold and timely steps of faith as you have followed and served me? No conditions have ever been perfect, nor have I ever felt completely ready and totally prepared to go and do what you asked of me. Taking a bold and timely step with you has always required faith in you from me. Will you take bold and timely steps of faith with me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will neither run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will wait for your guidance. I will not procrastinate by waiting for perfect conditions before I go and do what you ask of me. Help me to take bold and timely steps of faith. Use me to bear fruit for you. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord helped you to know when was the right time to take a step of faith?

Living It Out…  Make it your practice to take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith to take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are taking bold and timely steps of faith with the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you take bold and timely steps of faith to do what the Lord asks of you.

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Don’t Sit There

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 288 - Ecclesiastes 11:4 - Don't Sit There- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 288 – Ecclesiastes 11:4 – Don’t Sit There- Growing As Disciples

Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (MSG)

Take Decisive Action

These are very important words. What are very important words? “Take decisive action” are very important words. Your whole life could pass by if you sat around doing nothing while you waited for perfect conditions. That hasn’t been my problem, at least not most of the time. What has been your problem? Most of the time, I have rashly rushed off to do what I thought was right in my own eyes. I did not wait and watch and listen so that I would be able to know and do you will. So, you are a little confused? That’s right. Well then, we will have a good discussion. I’m watching and waiting and listening. That’s good. I have a few questions for you. Go ahead, ask me. Are you sitting around doing nothing? Are you lying around waiting for perfect conditions? No, not at all. We are having a very important discussion. I am being attentive to all that you want to say to me. Watching and waiting and listening to you is hard work that often requires my very best effort. So, watching and waiting and listening to me is not sitting around doing nothing? It is not idly watching the wind. It is not lazily staring at the clouds. You are not trying to get out of work? You are not delaying going and doing what I ask of you? No, I am not. Listening attentively to me is not filler, until you can get on with the rest of your life? No, certainly not.

So, where are you confused? I’m not sure if right now, at this very moment, is a time to watch and wait and listen or a time to take decisive action? That is a very good question to ask now and keeping on asking throughout your life. Do you believe that I will help you to strike a balance between watching and waiting and listening and taking decisive action? Yes, I do. Which is more important, watching and waiting and listening or taking decisive action? Neither one is more important. Good answer. One however must come before the other. One cannot happen without the other. How so? I can’t know your will without watching and waiting and listen to you. So, before I can take decisive action, I must know your will. That’s right. When I do, I will take decisive action. I will quickly and enthusiastically and joyful go and do all that you ask of me. Then you will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. That is what I want. That is my plan. That is my desire. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not sit around doing nothing to wait for perfect conditions. Yet, I will not rashly rush off to do whatever seems right to me. I will watch and wait so I will be able to know and do your will. Help me to act decisively so I can bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen

Key Question…  How are you seeking to know the Lord’s will and ways as part of your decision to act?

Living It Out…  Strike a balance between watching and waiting and acting decisively to go and do the Lord’s will.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to both watch and wait and act decisively to go and do His will.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you watch and wait so you can act decisively to do the Lord’s will.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you act decisively so you will be able to go and do the Lord’s will.

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