There was an incidence at work last night that later became a parable to me. Well aparently there was tornado sirens going off and right before we were supposed to leave at 9, for saftey, we had been detained in the hall. I do get a little antsy in confined spaces with lots of people but it was not the end of the world. I am the kind of person who likes to make like a bannana and split when the clock strikes 9, that magical moment. Yet that was not how it went down last night. I was confined there for nearly 45 minutes.
Later I got to thinking. As it relates to my life, I have been in a situation (Trial) that seems to confine and hem me in. In a metaphorical sense these seasons of life do this and what we do not often realize is trying to manuever out of what God is trying to do in us or through our situation is for good not harm and if you have ever had a cast on a limb you know that it is for good but you cannot wait for it to come off. Well long ago as a teenager I tried to do that with a cast and was not a great idea but that is a long story there altogether.
—-This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
These people in Isaiah 30 were not willing to repent of their sins and then quietly wait for the Lord to act in his time. Not all trials are result of sin but same principle applies, blessed are they that wait on The Lord and trust him as they wait.
A story came to mind also
—-Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor. ’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” “You have done a foolish thing, ” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. (1 Samuel 13:7-13)
Samuel had given Saul specific instructions to wait a 7 days till he arrived and Saul did that but when Samuel had delayed slightly longer then Saul thought he would, he sinned by offering a sacrifice he was not authorized to.
Things may seem critical but it is never so much so that it is a good idea to not obey God. Those moments may be a test in the sense that God wants us to still have faith he can and will come through even at the very last moment- but disobeying out of fear shows lack of faith God can or will help us.