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January 2011 Spiritual Director Jim Sunderland’s Message

January 5, 2011

TIMING IS EVERYTHING
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHEN TO WAIT?

The start of the New Year is a good time to set GOALS.

What will you achieve spiritually during 2011?

How do you organize your finances?

What projects will you finish? Or begin?

It’s important to take stock of last year and make plans for a new one, but there’s one vital thing that almost never shows up on people’s list of goals–WAITING!!!!

Result-oriented people, who measures success in terms of what they produce, can easily overlook the accomplishment of WAITING ON THE LORD.

In our fast paced society, WAITING is often seen as a passive acceptance of circumstances. Or worse, something we do as a last resort, after we’ve failed to achieve what we set out to do.

But God’s Word tells us clearly to WAIT ON THE LORD (Psalms 27:14) and teaches us that He will bless us greatly when we do (Isaiah 64:4). My favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will sour on wings as Eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” this kind of WAITING does not imply idleness or apathy, but rather a determined stillness. It is a quiet, expectant, steadfast, courageous, and diligent activity that takes place until we receive further instruction.

TIMING IS IMPORTANT IN EVERYTHING–in battle, in the operating room, in sports, in negotiating, and in our daily walk with the Lord. One of the primary reasons we get out of God’s will is because we don’t know this TIMING. As we actively wait, we place complete trust in Him whether we see the results or not. We are not anxious, because we know God has
a Divine Reason for telling us to WAIT.

When we become impatient and take matters into our own hands, WE STEP OUT OF GOD’S WILL.

Failing to WAIT on the Lord delays His blessings for us and can bring pain and suffering. The cost of this mistake shows up in finances, relationships, and lost opportunities.

On the other hand, WHEN WE WAIT FOR GOD’S CLEAR DIRECTION, WE KEEP STEP WITH HIM. He uses this time to prepare us for His will, strengthen our faith, and sift our motives.

WAITING IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IN LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, WALKING IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD, AND RECEIVING HIS BLESSING!!!!

CHRIST BE BORN IN YOU!!!

Bishop Jim Sunderland,Jr.
Spiritual Director of Emmaus
Pastor of Unityville United Methodist Parish
January 2011
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