On Sunday we talked about chasing after God’s vision for our lives. We shared that a meaningful life, is a life lived in God’s way. That meaning comes through the life that God has for us.
So we tackled how do you start to live this way? That if God gives you a passion, a vision, or a burden to make a difference – how do you start to follow it?
Well, the odd answer found in Nehemiah is to wait.
Nehemiah is given an amazing vision from God and then does something unique. He waits before moving on it (Neh. 2:1). But what we discovered is that in the waiting time he wasn’t idle, he wasn’t passive and he wasn’t simply reluctant to get going. He was praying, he was planning, and he was preparing for the right moment to step out.
The temptation is to rush forward, or to give up on the vision God has given us in the waiting time. Nehemiah though, doesn’t rush forward or give up, instead he prays, plans and prepares. Nehemiah believes that while he is waiting, God is orchestrating things. Nehemiah knows the timing needs to not be“right”, but God’s timing, before he moves forward. So he waits for God to open the door and then courageously walks through it.
Andy Stanley writes, “A vision rarely requires immediate action. It always requires patience”
So my challenge was this: if you are in the waiting time, are you using it well? Are you planning, preparing and praying? Because God’s path for you to make a difference won’t open until you’re ready. So trust that God is orchestrating things, but also prepare and pray.
Because the message of the gospel is that nothing in our lives is wasted. Even the waiting time isn’t wasted, and God wants to use it to ready you to make a difference…