PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Waiting in ReadinessMarcus Sanders
Lamentations. 3:25-27 The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. 26So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. 27And it is good for the young to submit to the yoke of his discipline.
I enjoy playing games. One especially I enjoy is a domino game called Mexican train. About 8 people can play at one time and the game lasts a couple of hours. I think games are fun because they entertain us. It is not boring when people all around the table are alert, excited and strategically trying to win. But not all games are fun; one in particularly is the waiting game. We’ve programmed ourselves to have it now. The waiting game brings out the beast in us. We look for other ways to short change the waiting process. In fact we try to help God to get our lives moving faster towards our dreams. Jeremiah prophesied captivity, famine, and what was going to happen for 70 years. He’s one of the prophets standing for God and is obedient to the call. However he is experiencing the horror and the pain of God’s judgment on Israel. He feels that he’s bound in chains, set in darkness, homeless, walled in, laughed at and everything that was hoped for was lost. Then in the midst of hopelessness he remembered God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. God is wonderfully good to those who wait quietly for His salvation and seek Him. Can anything happen without His permission. Instead let us test and examine our ways.
My dad used to tell me, “The best leaders are the ones who start from the bottom”. They’ve experienced the shoes of soldiers in the trench. They’ve work through the tests. Then when the time is right, promotion comes. The grid for success is lined with seasons of waiting. Why? Because waiting is more to do with God’s timing then my timing. God’s timing is not measured in how long it takes for me to get there, but when will I be ready for it. With today’s reading God is showing that waiting on Him doesn’t necessarily mean I’m on a shelf. Waiting has more to do with trust and obedience that leads to growth. Every season is lined with seeking and waiting on the Lord. When I was a child I remembered asking my dad, “Can I have that stereo system with all the bells and whistles like the older kids have?” My dad said, “You’re not ready for it, wait till you get older.” I really didn’t want to hear that answer but when the time did come and I did have the maturity, I did have the mature heart to appreciate the actual meaning behind possessing it. So what does it mean for me? God has a perfect timing for me and I should continually seek him in readiness for His moment of promotion.
Father You are working in me to become the leader you called me to be. Holy Spirit, teach me to become ready for your promotions. I am seeking and waiting in readiness. Love you -- Marcus