PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Impulsive & ImpatientJohn Tilton
1st Chronicles 14:9-10 9Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valleyof Rephaim;10so David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”TheLordanswered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.”
Besides being a man after God's own heart, I admire David's wisdom in seeking God's direction and hand in matters, and his specificity in inquiring whether God would deliver the Philistines into his hands. It wasn't just seeking God's hand in the matter but asking God of the outcome. It exampled not only his relationship with God and his understanding of the need for God's hands in everything he did, but his knowing that his faith in God enabled him to wait upon God's will and direction. One's natural inclination is to respond to ask God's blessing and respond to battle. Yet, he exampled controlled patience to seek God's will and direction.
These scriptures speak to me as I recall situatiions in the past where I wish I could rewind the tape of my response to things I've said or things I've done, knowing after the fact that if I waited and seeked God, the result would have been better or more God honoring. My propensity is to rush into things impulsively thinking I know best and acting, probably because of my impulsive and impatient nature. I need to be less prone to rush into things but rather reason and most importantly seek God, especially when I am blind-sided or in intense situations. I can also be specific in my seeking guidance from God.
Lord, please give me patience, less impulsiveness and guide me to be patient and kind in situations that require your insight, will and direction.