When You Aren't Sure of God's Direction

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Devotional

SIT TIGHT


If you’ve prayed and asked God for direction in your life, but you still aren’t sure what to do, don’t do anything yet. Because here’s the deal: if it’s God today, it will still be God tomorrow. You won’t get left behind if you wait. 


No matter the urgency you might feel, there’s no need to get in a hurry. If you’re not sure, just don’t do it yet. Moving out ahead of God might get you into trouble. It’s easier to play catch up than clean up.


In John chapter 11 we see where Jesus Himself didn’t get in a hurry. It’s the story of what happened when His friend Lazarus got sick. 


In verse 3, the sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, sent for Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). And He stayed two more days right where He was! He sat tight. 


Yes, there are times when we have to move quickly if the Holy Spirit prompts us. But in most cases, moving slowly won’t hurt anything. I’m sure Jesus’ disciples wondered why He didn’t get up and go right away to the bedside of His friend. But Jesus didn’t let time dictate His actions. He waited for the clear go-ahead from His Father, just as we should do.


When Jesus finally did go to see Mary and Martha, He knew Lazarus was dead (v.14). But He didn’t even let that bother Him! The Bible doesn’t say he rushed to Mary and Martha’s house in a panic, or that He rushed to the grave. No, He simply told Mary, “Your brother will rise again.” Meanwhile, some bystanders were murmuring amongst themselves, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” (v. 37). 


But Jesus just proceeded to go to the tomb—where Lazarus had been buried for four days—and raise him from the dead (v. 44). When Jesus followed God’s timing and didn’t get in hurry, a spectacular miracle happened.  Raising Lazarus up from a sick bed would have been a notable miracle, but you have to admit that raising him up from the grave made this example of God’s power even more amazing! 


Many times there’s a reason that we shouldn’t get in a hurry, but instead, should sit tight and not move forward until we know for sure.