Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I'm always asked what do I think is the most important thing about something. It can range from faith, to love, or to just life in general. It is not a dumb question at all. To be honest, it is probably the question we should ask when we find ourselves in various situations. It really does matter in what is the most important thing. This week I want to narrow that question down a bit. This is not necessarily the most important thing all of the time but it is definitely something you will need in pretty much every thing you do. You need the ability to just wait.
There is no way to exercise self-control if you do not know how to wait. Waiting on God is not a crime. There are probably more times than you can count in your life where you wish you would've waited. We have all made mistakes that could've been avoided if we just knew how to wait. Everything that sounds good doesn't work for your good. Every deal is not always the one that is good for you. You have to know how to wait. Yes, great things may be right there in front of you but the question of rather it's for you or not will always remain.
What makes it so difficult for us to know when it's God and when it's not? Yes, not having the discernment at that moment plays a part. However, our own anxiety plays a bigger part. There is a reason the bible tells us to be anxious for nothing. Never forget this point I'm about to make. Anything worth it and truly for you will also still be there for you after you take time to pray and listen to God first. In other words, in spite of any deadline "they" say you need to know that God has the last word and then you need to actually believe that.
When things are really for you then God will suspend time on your behalf. It is important that you get into the habit of simply waiting no matter what it looks like. Everyone reading this knows good things come to those who wait. Do you really believe that is the real question? It's usually not about what you know. It's about what you believe. God can show you that something is not for you but until you believe that then you will probably chase after something you should not chase after. You see where we're going this week. It comes down to you. You can fool the whole world into thinking that God told you yes but one day you are going to have to give an account for that very lie. It's always best no matter what it looks or sounds like to wait on what God truly has for you!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon