Direction and Timing

Re:Verse passage – Mark 1:16-20 (day five) “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:18‬.
None of us are very patient. (Standing in line at the grocery store- not fun.  Being placed on hold when trying to order or purchase something- bothersome. Waiting for a table at a restaurant- exasperating.)  Yet, often when we feel the prompting of the Spirit (witnessing opportunity, prayer moment with someone, serve or minister to others, giving resources to bless), we suddenly develop a sense of “unurgency”.  We feel the need to slow down- process, pray over, etc.
To be fair, there are moments and seasons when that is exactly what the Lord would have us do. “Test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭ “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise… do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:15, 17‬.
To be honest, there are other moments when delayed obedience would be disobedience. “I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.” Psalm 119:60 “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke‬ ‭19:5

Walking in-step with the Spirit demands we obey- sometimes  with urgency and other times  with patience. Good News… God promises to help and guide us with direction and timing. 

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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