Waiting tries our independent spirit to the max. Anytime we act independent of God, we are acting in our flesh. All actions are preceded by thoughts. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” There is a great example for us in 2 Samuel 6:1-8.
Years ago this section became very alive for me. I was the secretary for our church at the time we were in a church split. We were praying before we began our work day. As I was praying, I felt this in my spirit: do not stretch out your hand to steady what I am shaking. That lesson has remained with me.
God had a prescribed way that the ark was to be carried. When David attempted to bring the ark back, they put it on a new cart. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah put his hand out to steady the ark. God struck him dead. You can read it all for yourself. God’s way was for the priests to bear the ark on their shoulders with poles.
God’s ways are far higher than our ways. When we seek to do something in our own way, He will shake it. You might look back in your life and remember times when you attempted to do something independent of the Lord. It didn’t turn out well. How many times does He oppose our way, yet we keep pressing through?
Balaam is another example. The Lord told him not to go and he went. Numbers 22:22 says that the Angel of the Lord stood against him as an adversary. Verse 32 says, “…Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before me.” Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”
Perverse means to be contrary. 1 Peter 3:9 says, “Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” The path of the obedient is strewn with grace, blessing, and favor. The path of the disobedient? Proverbs 13:15 Amplified says, “…the way of the transgressor is hard (like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp).”
Are you stuck in the quagmire of your own making? That is what happens when we act independently of God. 2 Peter 1:9 is the fruit of not doing what God has said to do. In this case it is to add to our faith. It says, “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”
We forget that we are not our own. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” God’s way for us is clearly outlined in His word. John 15:5 clearly states a truth that should govern our heart. It says, “…for without Me you can do nothing.” Let that be a banner over our lives, especially when the Lord tells us to wait. Waiting His way is heart-dependence.