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What are you waiting for in 2008?


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Are you praying for God to issue you new marching orders in 2008? Perhaps you sense a change is coming but you don’t know what it is. You simply long for God to make His way clear to you and bring an end to your waiting game. If that describes your circumstance, please know you are not alone.

Following are principles to ensure you don’t just tread water while waiting on the Lord’s direction:

1. Remain persistent in prayer. Breakthroughs come through fasting, daily prayer and Bible reading.

2. Don’t be afraid to engage in candid conversation with God. But be wary of sharing your frustrations with too many people, especially those who haven’t learned to tame the tongue.

3. Consider yourself a servant-in-training and take advantage of the ministry opportunities God places before you where you are. No task should be viewed as too big or too small.

4. Remember that waiting on God isn’t an excuse for not working for God.

5. Remain faithful to your current responsibilities. Don’t become so preoccupied with your future that you neglect today’s obligations.

6. Do not be in a hurry. Let God open doors at the right time. Making a move at the wrong time will only lead to unnecessary hardship.

7. If you don’t have clarity, don’t move in a direction that may prove to be the wrong one. That will only cost you precious time if you’re forced to retrace your steps. Faith is hearing from God and stepping out. Presumption is stepping out and hoping God is going before you.

8. Seek the counsel of a godly pastor or senior adult. God confirms His plans for us in prayer, by His Word and through others. Senior adults have a wealth of experience and wisdom to offer. Tap into that database of knowledge when facing major decisions.

9. If you make a mistake, embrace God’s mercy and grace and ask Him to help you get on the right path.

10. Remind yourself that God is more concerned about your spiritual growth and obedience today than He is your geographic location or job title tomorrow.

Hal Donaldson

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