After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God. His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 TPT
What are you expecting God to do and how are you expecting that to manifest? What if God chooses to do it in a different way than you’re expecting it to happen?
I recently heard a story of a man who had traveled with his family to Turkey to do mission work. I’m sure you understand that that nation has been closed to Christianity and that if you’re discovered, you could be imprisoned or killed. I know this because I had a friend whose daughter traveled to do the same and we covered her in prayer as she followed the leading of the Spirit.
You’re going to hate me, but I don’t remember the persons name or details, all I remember of the story was this; After years and years of just being there, being friendly with the people, doing good deeds and when prompted, telling about Jesus, the man heard the Lord ask him, “Are you ready for the next step?” To which he quickly responded, “Yes!”
He was soon diagnosed with cancer and very quickly, died. I know, I said the same thing, “Are you kidding me?” Well, that’s not the end of the story. Soon after, a very influential government official who this missionary had befriended, made some instrumental changes which caused many people to come to Jesus.
Could God have done it a different way? Perhaps. But why should the Creator of the universe answer to us for the way he chooses to do things! You know what popped into my head? First a seed must fall into the ground and die before it yields fruit. Everything that’s needed for harvest lies in the seed.
That man was a seed in the hands of God. A yielded seed. Does it always work that way? Probably not. Every story in the old testament is different, showing that God’s ways are unique and varied, creative in the way He chooses to do things.
Who are we to question God? Who are we to know His mind or ways? Who are we to think that we’re exempt from persecution or unpleasantness? There’s a time for war, but there’s a time for peace as well, an unless you’re prompted to war, accept the peace of His presence and stay there, regardless of the way it ends.
He has a plan!