I Want it NOW!

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6)

The Lord is dealing with me concerning a new subject.  It is about living a humbled life before Him.  Often I have prayed, “Lord, I want to be used by You.” Yet, the question that keeps coming back to me is “Are you humble in spirit?”

In my last post, I wrote about preparing to be prepared.  Sometimes we may not be seeing open doors in our lives because we are not prepared for when that door does open.  If you missed that post, please click on “Preparing to be Prepared.” What about those other times? What if you have done all you know to do to be prepared?  What if you are praying more, reading the Word more, and seeking the Lord more?  What if you are doing all the right things, yet the door just will not open for you?

Notice what 1 Peter 5:6 says. (What?) “Humble yourself.”  (Where?)  Under the hand of God.  (Why?)  So that He may exalt you.  (When?)  In DUE TIME!

“But I want it NOW!”  If you are familiar with Willy Wonka, you will recognize that phrase from the famous temper tantrum of the spoiled brat Veruca Salt!

“But Lord… I want it now and I want it my way.”

The Lord says, “Humble yourself under My mighty hand so that I may exalt you in due time.”  If you get a revelation of this, it will help you to better understand Psalms 37:4-5, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you (place within you) the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.”

This has been a long, hard lesson for me.  The Lord placed a desire in my heart to teach His word, yet the Veruca Salt within me keeps shouting, “But I want it now and I want it the way I think it ought to be.”  It’s funny how the Lord tends to grow silent in those moments.  Yet, when I become humble, He begins to speak again.

Now, here is the biggest part, at least for me.  I am learning that I must humble myself and submit to the authority within the Church even when I know that, because of my training, there might be a better way to accomplish a certain task.  OUCH!  Did I just hit a nerve with someone?

“Ok, Lord.  I will do it Your way…even if it seems to take me on a path that is completely opposite of where I think I should be.  I will do it with a smile on my face and with total trust in You that You know best.”

 

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23 comments on “I Want it NOW!
  1. Oh, I so hear you! There have been a few times I’ve actually had to stand back and let other people do what I wanted to do,what I was qualified to do. God doesn’t always call the qualified however, He qualifies the called. Fortunately I was not around when He was picking disciples or I may have been arguing with Him about that, too…

    There’s another part to it all however, sometimes the church is just really bad at utilizing people, at making good use of their resources. I’ve really had to learn when to push the issue a bit and when to step back. I know churches full of musicians and writers for example,but they’ll all be doing dishes and working in the nursery while the church is searching high and lo for some writers and musicians.

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  2. This reminded me of the song we used to sing in earlier days: Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift your up, higher and higher…

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  3. anitvan says:

    Thanks, Patrick, for sharing this.

    God does, indeed make all things beautiful in His time, and that includes this time, right now. I take great comfort in the assurance that no matter how circumstances may appear to me, I am exactly where God wants me, right now. And when He wants me to be somewhere else, he’ll open that door, and give me a lil push too, if that’s needed. In the meantime, I keep on looking around me at all the other opportunities before me to serve my neighbour, and I find there’s more than enough to keep me busy!

    My absolute fave bible verse of all time – Micah 6 8 He has shown you O man what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

    We want it NOW, and that is an honest and accurate assessment of the spiritual condition of every one of us before God. We would have more of God’s glory here and now (Lord, why aren’t you using me for your glory?? The fields are white, man!) when the truth is He IS using us right here and now for the “works that he has prepared in advance for us to do”!

    In Matt 25, Jesus has this to say about those good works

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdomprepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
     “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Our true good works are “hidden”. Just as Christ’s good work (THE Good Work, really) is hidden in the foolishness of the cross, so our good works often seen cloaked. They don’t *look* like great works, but our Lord insists that they are. Done in faith, *as we await the promise of glory*, these are the works out Lord calls “good”. Rest in that promise!

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  4. Hi Patrick, I spent a lot of my life wanting to do great things for God but it’s better if I just wait for His plan for me to unfold before me each day. Most of His plan for me doesn’t include those Great Things I want to do but He surprises me by revealing His glory in the simplest of things and even in drudgery and pain.

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    • Hello my friend… You may not be aware of this, but you have done far more for the Lord than you think. You have a good following because of the tenderness of your heart and the way you express yourself. We have never met in person but you made a great impact on my life. If that is not doing great things for the Lord, I don’t know what is.

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  6. Mel Wild says:

    Good word, Patrick. Humility is definitely part of the preparation.
    I think part of the problem with our preparations is that we do the “activity” stuff (read Bible, praying, seeking…) but we’re not actually opening our hearts to what’s going on inside of us. That’s part of humility, too. Being vulnerable to His penetrating but loving gaze. Are we letting him deal with our anger, fears, wounds, disappointments, ambitions, etc.? This “Word” searches the inner thoughts and motives of our hearts (Heb.4:12). This Word is Jesus Himself. Sometimes, Jesus want to minister to what’s in us before He releases us to someone else. I know He does with me! 🙂

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  7. dawnlizjones says:

    Humility is an almost daily prayer, as is “please grant grace to those who must encounter me in any way today.” I guess they kinda go together, now that I think about. Since pride was the original sin, I can see why humility, true humility (which would be a super post BTW!!), is so crucial, and both an answered prayer and spiritual discipline.

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