One of the great challenges of faith is synchronizing our time with God’s time. Learning to operate on God Standard Time (GST) comes only when we align our heart with His and trust His perfect timing. For most of us, that involves waiting.
Have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn’t? Let’s admit it, we all hate to wait! The Prophet, Habakkuk, was no exception. In the first verse of Habakkuk chapter two, he filed his complaint to God and said, “I will climb my watchtower now and wait to see what answer God will give to my complaint.”
Have you ever waited on God to come through with one of His promises and started to wonder why He seemed so late? If you’ve ever asked God that painful question, “How long?” then you’re in good company. David, the King of Israel and a man after God’s own heart, asked that same question at least sixteen times in the Psalms.
We’ve increasingly become more heart conscious today. It’s a good thing and causes me to consider what I’m eating more than before. Is it heart healthy? Will it increase my cholesterol? What’s the fat content?
Do you control your thoughts, or do they control you? Yesterday, we discovered the power of a thought and how it can produce positive or negative actions. One of the first battles a Christ follower encounters is in the mind. Our minds, and what we think, are battlegrounds between God and Satan.
God had set Isaiah apart as His servant, a prophet, to speak on His behalf. For him to be successful, he had to think differently than everyone else. Our thoughts govern a great deal of our behavior. The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Prov. 23:7 NKJV)
Are you a praiser? Think about that before you answer too quickly. Really evaluate your attitude and conversations of late. Are they filled with praise or complaints? Are they positive in nature or more negative and fault finding?
How resilient are you? When you fall, do you land like a basketball or a bowling ball? Proverbs says that, even, righteous people fall. In Ecclesiastes the Bible says, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.”
Peter must have felt so spiritual when he suggested forgiving someone up to seven times. After all, the rabbis taught that three times was sufficient. But, Jesus shocked him when He responded, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven!”
What’s your dream? What is the passion that God has placed in your heart? Some describe it like a holy disturbance that churns deep within you, a dissatisfaction with anything less, or a pursuit that leaves you restless until you achieve it. Joseph had such a dream.