I don't know many churches who don't want to see some kind of change. Perhaps they're looking for a new staff member. Maybe they're considering adding another service. They might be scouting a new location. Whatever the issue is, God has not yet granted an answer. Here are some things we need to do when God makes us wait:
- Stay fully faithful to the task at hand. Why should God give us an answered prayer if He finds us sitting on the sidelines while we wait? The Great Commission goes on even when we're waiting for something.
- Believe that God's timing is always right. It is, you know. He's not early or late; He's always on time. For every second that we wait and fret, God worries not at all. He has full control of the calendar and the clock.
- Trust His heart. He loves the world (John 3:16). He loves His people. He knows what's best for us as He conforms us to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). If He takes His time in responding to our needs, He has some good reason for doing so.
- Deal with sin issues in the church. Unforsaken sin among believers will always create an obstacle to God's working evidently in a church. Call your congregation to repentance in preparation for God's work, and prayerfully allow Him to cleanse your hearts.
- Pray together even more faithfully. Sometimes God delays His response because He wants us to seek Him more. Use this waiting period to lead your congregation to pray more fervently as a body. Increase your corporate praying.
- Don't get impatient. If you're not sure what God is doing, keep waiting and trusting. If you push forward in your own ability according to your own plans, you might find that your new plans weren't the best in the first place. God's delay may be His way of protecting you from your own plans.
- Be open to changing your plans. He might indeed have a different plan for your local body—and it will be right. Completely right. Any plan you refuse to change even when God redirects you is nothing less than an idol.
What steps might you add to this list?
Chuck Lawless is dean and vice president of graduate studies and ministry centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he also serves as professor of evangelism and missions. In addition, he is global theological education consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
This article originally appeared at chucklawless.com.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.