Treading Water

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬).

Wisdom will help us to discern when to push forward and when to tread water (effort that maintains current status but no progress). It takes faith and trust in God to believe that God has us exactly where he wants us to be. When our will is surrendered to him, when our trust is in him and he directs our going, then we know that our plans will succeed. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬).

Discontent, zeal, drive and passion will make us want to do better than we did yesterday. It is absolutely necessary to be ambitious and to keep reaching forward. There are seasons when it is ok to be still and wait before we pushing ahead. There are also times when we have to weigh the cost to ourselves, our health, our peace of mind, our family and our relationships. We have to remember that it is God who gives us the ability to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). God will enable us to make progress no matter the obstacles or circumstances that we face. We have to trust that he will keep his promise to bless us and wait for his leading.

We surrender to God, to his will, his purpose, his plan and wait for his perfect timing. Timing is important and a great thing done in the wrong season can do more harm than good. Harvesters know the danger and futility of reaping a crop too early. With the best of intentions, we can force a situation to happen prematurely. Babies do best when they are carried to full term and a child born premature needs additional support.

Stay connected to God and you will sense his leading and he will give you clear instructions for the next season. Seek the Lord and trust him while you listen for his instructions.

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (Isaiah‬ ‭30:21).


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