Waiting is not one of those things that most of us are good at.
Joshua and Israel ran ahead of God at Ai and produced a self-induced trial.
Martha was not patient in John 11:21 when she said to Jesus, “…if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”
Elijah did not wait on God and ran from Jezebel. I repeat, waiting is not one of those things most of us are good at, but it is a part of the maturing process in our lives.
Have you heard about the Chinese bamboo tree? The Chinese plant the seed; then water and fertilize it, but the first year nothing happens. The second year they water and fertilize it, and still nothing happens. The third and fourth years they water and fertilize it, and nothing happens. Then the fifth year, in a period of approximately six years, the Chinese bamboo trees grows roughly ninety feet.
The question is, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet each year? The obvious answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years, because had they not applied the water and fertilizer each year there would have been no Chinese bamboo tree.
Many self-induced trials come because of our lack of patience.
What to do:
✞ Wait on the Lord. It will keep you from self- induced trials in such areas as finances and marriage.
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