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. 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 context, 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 to 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, do I really believe I can just go in to settle the score with some harsh words? And when circumstances are against me, should I really manipulate circumstances to work in my favor?
Both would be 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. And worship, while waiting, is usually the proactive stance that brings about an open door.
Waiting doesn’t mean passivity! I see that now, Lord. I direct all my pent-up energy to active worship. Amen