Maybe the Lord is pushing you out of your comfort zone today. He’s asking you to do something you’ve never done before…and it’s scary! You know it’s what the Lord wants you to do, but self-doubt and fear stop you. After a very reluctant Moses asks God who He’s sending with him, God answers Moses in verse 14, ” The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ ” God was reassuring Moses that he wasn’t alone, and that God would prepare the way and go up ahead of him. The same goes for you today. God’s Presence will always go before and lead you through any calling of His.
I don’t know about you, but patience has never been one of my greatest attributes. I want something to happen now, not later…and I get antsy and anxious when I have to wait. But if you look carefully at this Scripture, you’ll see Micah concluded there are two things we need to do…watch and wait. So, what does it take to successfully watch and wait for the Lord? In a word – it takes trust. To trust in the Lord is not a one time, one size fits all event. Trusting in God is an ongoing, ever-growing, process of waiting in hopeful expectation and increasing belief that He will do what He says. Our job isn’t to manufacture the outcome…or job is to rest in Him, waiting and watching as He does the work in our life.
Jesus had just told the Disciples that where He was going, they could not follow at that time. But impulsive Peter didn’t want to wait. Waiting on the Lord can be maddening at times. We think we know what to do…and so impatiently we attempt to steer the ship in that direction…only to do more harm than good. When God says, “Not now,” we need to be able to rest in it, knowing that His timing is perfect. And while we wait…we should strive to find delight in the delay and praise in the postponement…for it’s a chance to learn firsthand what patience and perseverance are all about.