PASSIVE OR PROACTIVE?
May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” Genesis 28:4
Isaac’s blessing to Jacob is beautiful and trustworthy. However, while the spiritual inheritance passed on from Abraham is a sure thing for Jacob, it’s not just handed to him on a silver platter. A heavenly promise requires proactive participants. Isaac reveals to his son that he will have to take possession of the land of promise by force.
How many years have I waited for God to deliver something only to discover that its delivery involved a collaborative effort! All spiritual inheritances must be fought for. God’s enemy, Satan, is intent on thwarting every purpose of God in my life. He doesn’t want me to have it. I can be sure that realizing my destiny will involve a battle.
Along the way, there are skirmishes when I can rest and know that God is fighting for me but in the larger war, my spiritual life is carved out with prayer, strategy, and endurance. Figuring out when to wait and when to advance is something only revealed in prayer. If I don’t know how hear God’s voice, I won’t know which posture to take.
It is a carnal thing to advance and take things by force whenever I feel that I am stuck.
- Sometimes people are against me. With God on my side, I believe I can go in to settle the score with some harsh words.
- Sometimes circumstances are against me. With God on my side, I believe I can manipulate circumstances to work in my favor.
Both are mistakes. God is the shaper of circumstances and the renovator of people. My part is to intercede and stand in the promises of scripture. At some point, God will say ‘move!’ When I do, I will notice that all the red lights have turned green. Worship will be the result.
Waiting doesn’t mean passivity! I see that now, Lord. I direct all my pent up energy to my prayer life. Amen
Journal Question: Are you at a point where you’ve declared that ‘something has to change’? Do you have a plan carved out to make it happen? Are you willing to set it aside and pray instead? Write out a prayer to begin a new proactive initiative today.