Often, when faced with the conundrum of action or patience, it’s vitally important to ask a ton of questions and get even more options. Sometimes this procedure must be lightning fast!
For instance, you are a pilot flying along and failing to pay attention to your airspeed. Suddenly, the plane quits flying, and enters a stall. This means the air is not flowing over the wings with adequate speed to provide lift. It has nothing to do with the engine. If you wait to see if the buffeting really is a stall, it will very swiftly become a spin, which in turn, if you hesitate, will be an uncontrolled crash.
On the other hand, it is often God’s will for a time of patiently waiting for more information and His time. This option is very seldom associated with any form of piloting airplanes!
After His resurrection Jesus told His followers to wait for a while for the coming of the Holy Spirit in special power. They took it upon themselves to take care of some serious business while waiting. They replaced Judas Iscariot with two men. They did this without the leading of the Holy Spirit. Whom they chose are for the most part forgotten as it becomes obvious while reading the New Testament that God chose Saul of Tarsus, commonly known as Paul.
You are probably asking, “What on earth is Larry driving at today?” My purpose in this seeming meandering is to help you to learn to be careful about “patent” solutions to all problems, be they physical, mechanical, philosophical or spiritual.
Having a working knowledge of Scripture enables the ability to clearly and swiftly identify most of the problems life throws at you. Equipped with this knowledge, you face life, and all that comes with it, with courage, skill and trust. This does not mean that you will have no pain or heartache. It does mean that over the long haul you will prevail in faith, and through it all, maintain your human and Christian dignity. Job is a case in point. Note his response when he was attacked by Satan:
Job 1:22 “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”
A little later when his wife remonstrated against him he stated, with clear truth;
Job 2:10 “But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
God, life, and careers deal with good and bad. We deal with each according to the depth of our knowledge and accept instructions from the Lord as we go along. We should get better at this as time goes by.
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