Friday, January 6, 2012

Don't Land Ahead of Time

We are made in the image and likeness of God but we are greatly marred and dented by our sin nature so, we do not know as He knows, we do not understand like He does and we do not see like He sees. As a result, when God speaks to us, we understand in bits, know in bits and see in fragments instead of the big picture.

When God spoke to Abraham about being a father of many nations; in his limited understanding, he thought the performance will be immediate. When his patience wore thin and transparent, he took a decision based on his understanding and the consequence lives with us till this day.

Moses possibly knew from the moment he realized he was adopted that he was meant to deliver the Israelites. At the first rush of real testosterone, he committed murder. This sent him on exile for 40 years. I guess it is safe to assume that he delayed the deliverance of the Israelites by 40 years.

Joseph was kind of special and he knew it. God confirmed this to him through dreams and he couldn’t wait to brag about it. The consequence was a free and fast ride to jail with stopover at a deep, dry pit and Potiphar's wife’s clutches.

Even though Jacob knew that the birth right was his not by order of birth but based on the word of God (Esau have I hated, Jacob have I loved). When he felt God was slow concerning His word, he schemed, maneuvered and manipulated to get it. He got the birthright but with lean soul… he was a fugitive for 40 years.

In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, the word was God; through Him all things were made and there was nothing that was made that was made without Him. In other words, Jesus knew before the foundation of the earth that He was God even though He came to the earth as a poor baby.

When Herod wanted to murder him as an Infant, the God in Him knew and had the power to eliminate him but he spoke not a word.
When the old and learned were marveling at His teachings at age 12, he did not brag but received their complements gracefully.
Mary, I believe, was a mummy-copter (hovering mum) and wanted to rush Jesus into his ministry but He called her to order immediately; He did not address her as mother He actually said “woman, my time has not come”.
He could have escaped the cross and made the mockers and the soldiers evaporate and condense in the North Pole but He went through it.

A lot of us are driven and there is nothing wrong with that but there are times “driven” doesn’t cut it, you must follow God’s lead. In such situations, it’s either His way or the highway (yes ke, He can be tough like that).

Like a pilot you have to pay attention to the control Tower and until you have the permission to land, doing so will have long term consequences. Hover for as long as it takes; God will give you fuel. Panic to the point of peeing on yourself; God is not panicking, He is in control. Weep until your strength is gone; Jesus wept too. Feel forsaken, unloved, dejected and all the depressing feelings; Jesus felt them too.

Whatever the crises may be, let God talk you through it and make sure you have his permission before you land.

If you landed without permission and you are dealing with the consequences, the God of Abraham, Joseph, Jacob and Moses will give you a fresh start and enough time to enjoy it.

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