Forcing the Issue

If you are anything like me, when trying to put together puzzles growing up, I would grab a piece that I thought would fit, and even though it didn’t, it was close enough to fitting that I would try to force it into the empty spot. I believe we, myself included, do the same thing in our lives. We get to a particular season or part of our lives, and instead of waiting on God, we take a piece and try to jam it into an empty space in the puzzle of our lives. We tend to try to help God out. Instead we need to allow God, in His timing and with His perfect puzzle piece, to continue the work that He has already started in our lives. As we read through the Bible, we come across countless examples of people trying to force the issue in their lives instead of waiting for God to bring about what He had promised. Here’s just two of them.

In Genesis 16 we see that Abraham and Sarah tried to help God out. Rather than waiting on God to bring about what He had promised, a son, Sarah had Abraham sleep with her maidservant, Hagar, in order that she might bear them a son. Instead of waiting on God’s perfect plan, Abraham and Sarah decided to settle for second best. So many times in our lives we end up settling for a lie from the enemy rather than the truth from God. There’s a great quote that one of my good friends told me recently “Don’t settle for the good and miss out on the great.” Don’t jump on the first opportunity that comes your way. Don’t try to force what God has promised you to happen. One of the greatest tactics of the enemy is to get you to settle for the good and miss out on the full potential that God had for your life. Moses told the children of Israel when they were stuck in between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (See Exodus 14:13-14). The prophet Habakkuk writes the promise of God is for an appointed time and even if it seems slow in coming, wait; It’s on its way and it will come right on time (See Habakkuk 2:3). So if you don’t see what God has promised you yet, don’t force it, wait for it.

In David’s life, we read that he has been anointed king, but he ends up having to run for his life. Multiple times he had an opportunity to bring about what God had promised him, but he chooses not to force the issue. While David is in the place of his greatest pain, he just got done fighting the Philistines, the Amalekites had ransacked his camp while he was gone, and his own men want to kill him; everything that God had promised him meets him there. David didn’t have to go to the crown, the crown came to him (See 2 Chronicles 20:17). David was running for his life from the person he was fighting the same battle with (Saul, the father of his best friend Jonathan), but the one who he is fighting against (the Amalekites) bring him what God had promised (the crown). Out of the pain came the promise. The place where you least expect it is the place where God will bring your greatest breakthrough. If you wait on God, and don’t try to force the issue your way, there’s a shift coming to your life and the only thing that will be left standing is what God has promised you.

Now in saying to wait on God and not go and force the issue, I’m not suggesting that you should do absolutely nothing until God brings about what He has promised. While you have this waiting period, this down time, this tingle zone; you need to be preparing yourself and developing your gift, so that when the time comes, you will be ready for it. Proverbs 18:16 says the gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. One of the greatest pieces of advice that I have heard recently that applies so much to the season of my life that I’m currently in, is from T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor of the Potter’s House. He said “Your gift will bring you to greatness but don’t try to go to greatness until you know your gift. Don’t worry about finding great men, cultivate your gift. The better you become at your gift, the further you can and will go.” Take this time, season, or part of your life that you are in waiting on God and get to know your gift and cultivate it. If you don’t, when God opens the door and the opportunity comes along, you will end up missing out, losing, or wasting what He had in store for you. So be ready, aggressivly wait on God, because your breakthrough is coming.

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