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(07/23/2003) while waiting
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: while waiting
[1 Samuel 13:11-12]
11 "What have you done?" asked Samuel.
Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were
scattering, and that you did not come at the set time,
and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash,
12 I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down
against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD's
favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt
In the King James version, it said .. Samuel said
"What have you done?" Have you ever asked yourself
that? Sometimes you look back and ask yourself "What
have I done?" How many people have trodden down this
road of "What have I done?"
I think we could have asked the same of Abraham when
he took Hagar, Sarah's servant in as a concubine.
Sarah was the one who suggested to Abraham to take
Hagar in and this was a decision which she clearly
regretted later. She would have been one who would
have asked herself "What have I done?"
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian,
which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this
bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman
shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Okay, what was the common thing that both Sarah,
Abraham and Saul shared? They couldn't wait for God
anymore. They were appointed by God, even though Saul
was appointed becau
se the Israelites asked for a king
but as I traced through the history of Saul, he WAS
appointed. Saul lost his kingdom because of this one
act when Saul offered burnt offering, in place of
Samuel, because Saul couldn't wait.
Why could they not wait for God? First of all, I think
that we set our own expectations. When God promises
something, we expect the promises to happen very soon.
As what Saul had told Samuel, "you did not come at the
SET time". Whose set time? Saul's set time.
I am a culprit of this as well. I believe God can do
wonders. He is a God of miracles. But sometimes the
hand of God does not move when I expect it to. God
doesn't follow my schedule. He has His schedule and
guess whose schedule is better? Who has better
foresight and who knows best?
So, the problem is many times in my understanding of
God, and in my trusting Him. I don't trust Him enough
because I am again looking at the clouds and the wind
blowing against me. I am looking at the circumstances
and in my perspective, I am doomed. The circumstances
are bigger than life. They are real and God is far
He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that
regards the clouds shall not reap.
When I learn to change my perspective and not let
circumstances and emotions rule me and understand that
God is still in control and He will deliver me and He
has the best of me, I will not be moved so easily into
despair and take things into my own hands. You only
become bitter when you believe things cannot get
When I learn to trust while waiting, I will not be
like the Israelites who were murmuring and wandering
across the wilderness for forty years because the
circumstances were pushing them into desperation. If I
wait for God's promises with the right attitude, I
believe that I will be out of the wilderness faster
and not lose out on the promises of God for me because
I chose to let my emotions and the circumstances get
the better of me.
Now, let's go back to Saul. Saul lost his kingdom
because he was impatient and for a moment stopped
trusting God and decided that he could take things
into his own hands. Abraham and Sarah had to live with
the consequences of what they have done. God did give
them a child later, Isaac, which Sarah conceived but
both of them had already taken matters into their own
So, what do we learn from this? We have a choice of
groaning and murmuring and stepping out of His Will
and risk losing the blessing that He has promised us;
or wait expectantly with the right attitude until we
see the harvest that God has promised us in His Word.
2. Prayer requests:
i. We need a child -- guest
ii. My wife Christy -- dogwood
iii. marriage restoration -- guest
iv. unemployment -- guest
v. my son is angry -- guest
vi. Relationship needs restoration -- guest
vii. my 16-year old son -- kjnfemale
3. Praise report -- guest
I want to praise God for His blessings to me over the
past year: for healing my mother of depression after 2
years of hell, for giving me somewhere to live over
the winter months, for giving me a good job after many
years without one, for bringing companionship and love
into my life, after I thought it would never come
4. Number of prayer warriors: 2034
Yes guys, we have grown even though I have not been
active in sending out prayer emails. Please forgive me
and do pray for me and for the site and this ministry.
your sister in Christ,
|Wednesday, July 23, 2003 2:16:45 PM waihun|
changed on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 2:17:02 PM