Don’t Delay!

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“Wisdom”, as Lead Pastor Ben Snyder put it, “is the practical application of God’s truth in your life.”

An application of God’s truth in your life is God’s timing. When making a decision, sometimes, we need to act before we know all the details or the outcome.

Hear me out, I know this sounds counterintuitive — how can you make a wise decision if you don’t have the necessary knowledge? Wisdom requires you to act on the best information you have within the timeframe you’re given. Only God knows the outcome, and we have to trust that he’ll provide the answers along the way. The hard truth is, if you do nothing, nothing will change.

As pointed out in this weekend’s message, Pharaoh didn’t know Joseph—he was a prisoner! Pharaoh didn’t have all the answers and would have been completely justified not to trust Joseph and delay his decision. Instead, Pharaoh made Joseph his second-in-command. The circumstances were not perfect, but Pharaoh made a wise decision based on the time-sensitive information he had.

My dad never graduated from high school, but in God’s timing, he became a successful electrician. Through an opportunity that was extended to him at a funeral of all places, he was asked if he wanted to join the local electrical union. The union would provide the training and schooling that was necessary. My dad probably did not know exactly what he was getting into, but he knew he wanted his life to change, so he did something about it. More than 20 years later, he still doesn’t regret that decision.

Ecclesiastes 11:4
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

If you wait for the perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. In God’s timing, my dad was given the rest of the answers. He made a wise decision when it would have been foolish to delay. Stop delaying the things you can and should be doing today.

Don’t delay taking your next step.

Don’t delay getting involved in a Group.

Don’t delay making a commitment, pursuing a dream, or connecting with a friend.

Questions:
What wise decision have you been delaying?

Do you trust God has your best interest at heart? Do you trust him with the outcome?  If not, why?

Next Steps:
Journal about what you are delaying.

Say “yes” and make a wise commitment.

Dream about what you want life to look like coming out of COVID-19.

Prayer:
God, we are living in a time when it is easier to watch the wind blow, to delay what it is you want to bring out of this situation. I pray that you can keep me from making the foolish choice of limiting myself because of delay. I trust your timing and that you know what is best for me. The conditions may not be right, but I pray that whatever I am refusing to act on, I will make the wise decision to change my circumstances. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know you have given me only so much time. How do you want me to wisely use it? In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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5 replies
  1. Jeffery Ovens
    Jeffery Ovens says:

    This is exactly where I am, currently amidst family turmoil. I “watched the wind blow” for almost 6 months, and guess what, nothing changed. In fact, it worsened. Today is the next step toward reconciliation, not by coincidence the day these “words of wisdom” appear in the LIO. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you could say I am “stepping out of the boat”, which has been drifting aimlessly for 6 months. When you WISE up, you RISE up.
    Good stuff Rebecca, thank you for sharing.

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Rebecca, I can feel enthusiasm in these words today! It makes me excited to get going and make the wise changes that need to be made. Thank you!

  3. Martha Smith
    Martha Smith says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    I love your advice in Next Steps! It is truly actionable and life improving.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Martha Smith

  4. Jaron Camp
    Jaron Camp says:

    Rebecca, making a wise commitment after saying yes, is key. Should any issues arise, it’s essential to focus on the solutions rather than the problem, and knowing that you’re trusting God throughout the process makes the decision and commitment easier.

  5. Hayden Pryka
    Hayden Pryka says:

    The reflection questions are so helpful and great actions for next steps. Thank you!

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