"I can't wait....

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
……to see what God’s going to do.” You know you’ve said it before. I’ve said it before. I’ll probably say it again sometime. I started thinking about that sentence yesterday. The “I can’t wait” part of it is meant to communicate excitement. Usually when people say “I can’t wait”, it is not meant to be taken literally.

What if it was literal? If you literally cannot wait for something, what do you do about it? I guess you take some kind of action, right? If you literally cannot wait for something, you try to the best of your ability to make whatever you cannot wait for happen. Am I right about that?

Matthew 28:16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

My wife and I were just given a crib for our baby we’re expecting. We could have let it sit in the box and said “I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s assembled.” Instead, I opened the box, followed the instructions, and put it together. Now we know what it looks like and it’s beautiful.

Now I realize that we live by God’s timing and sometimes the only thing we can do is wait on Him. Other times, though, I think He waits on us to act. He gave us very specific instructions above in the book of Matthew and throughout the Bible. If we cannot wait to see what God’s going to do, I think sometimes we’ve got to do something about it. A good start would be following His instructions that have been around for years.