One of the things I feel impressed to share today is this truth: what God has for you, you will receive it. But if you try to get it out of season, you’ll hurt yourself.
We can bring home this spiritual lesson in a very practical way.
Take mountain climbers for example. While reaching high altitudes is exciting for thrill-seekers, let’s be clear on one thing: it can be very dangerous.
The higher you go, the thinner the air is. There is literally less available oxygen to breathe. Therefore, if you go too high, too quickly, you can develop what is known as “Acute Mountain Sickness” and wind up with some awful symptoms.
Someone suffering from it can experience dizziness, headaches, increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, individuals have turned blue, passed out, coughed up blood and lost their ability to walk normally, if at all.
An upward ascent must be done in a measured, careful way to avoid trouble.
This is also true in our pursuit of divine destiny.
There are many times when we feel eager to have, be and do more. Our flesh cries out for the day when the great things we envision for ourselves will materialize.
But it is not what we envision for ourselves that we should be after. It is what God envisions for us that should call out to us and resonate with us spiritually.
If we branch out on our own, considering only what we want to have and when we desire to have it, we may ascend to certain levels, but there will be a precipitous fall.
Friend, going “higher” in life is more than a notion.
In order to do it, you need to be trained, disciplined and ready for what comes along with it.
That is why God takes His time working on each of us, getting us fully ready for what’s to come.
As I told you recently, be patient. Trust His process.
No matter how badly you want it, determine that you will wait for confirmation that it is ordained for you. And after that, don’t move forward until the appointed time.
Now, I know this word may not feel exciting to your flesh, because flesh wants to do what it wants to do. Flesh has its own ideas and timetable. Flesh has its own agenda that differs from the will of the Lord.
Flesh will also lead you down a path of destruction to that place Proverbs 14:12 speaks of which “seems right… but ends in death.”
Among the works of the flesh mentioned in Galatians 5:20 is selfish ambition.
You and I have to guard against it, particularly because the world lifts it up as a virtue and prerequisite to success.
But this is not God’s will.
Our will must be hidden in His.
His desires for us must become our own.
This way, we won’t consider jumping ahead of God or usurping His authority to do what we want.
To help you wait patiently for the Lord, I’m stirring Lamentations 3:26 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, I pray from this day forward that you’ll make doubly sure that you are inviting the Father into all your affairs.
Don’t make any moves without His leading. Don’t get anxious and selfishly ambitious.
Don’t get in a hurry and stir up trouble for yourself.
Do what Proverbs 3:6 says and acknowledge God in all your ways and He will direct your path.
As the first part of Psalm 119:133 says, our prayer should be, "Order my steps in thy word..."
Now let’s pray.
I haven’t always invited You into my decisions. There have been times when I allowed my own desires, ambitions and ideas to lead me, which led to a mess. I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. So today, I ask for Your guidance. Wherever You lead me, I will follow. And when I am unsure, I will patiently wait for Your direction, because I know You will lead me along the right path. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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