Category: Faith

The Lord Keeps His Word

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

I have never felt more helpless and anxious than when we moved back to New York City to start Times Square Church. Once again we were subject to the mercy of the schedules of landlords and building superintendents. When I had to wait, I became quite impatient and cried, “Lord, there’s so much to be done in New York and so little time. How long do we have to wait?”

Yet time after time God patiently answered me, “David, do you trust me? Then wait.”

You have heard the expression, “The hardest part of faith is the last half hour.” I can testify from my years in ministry that the most trying period is always just before God works his deliverance.

There are serious implications when we don’t wait for God to act. In fact, too often at such times we charge God with neglect. Saul did this when he impatiently acted on his own (see 1 Samuel 13). He was saying, in essence, “God sent me out to do his work but now he has left me to figure out how to make it all happen. Things are spinning out of control and soon it will be hopeless.”

Does this describe your own thinking at times? We are commanded to wait on the Lord and trust him to work out our deliverance. But when our inner deadline passes, we grow angry at God and strike out on our own. By moving ahead of him we are declaring, “God doesn’t care about me. Prayer and waiting don’t work. His word can’t be relied on.”

Yet God has given us the responsibility to prayerfully wait on him. Trust him and say, “The Lord keeps his word, so I’m not going to panic. God has told me to wait for his direction — and I will wait. Let God be true and every man a liar!”

In our trials, let us be found with that posture of heart. Not in panic, but with trust!

by David Wilkerson

Waiting For Direction

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Saul gave God a deadline! He didn’t declare it, but in his heart Saul decided that if a word from above didn’t come by a certain time, he would do whatever was needed to save the situation.

“And [Saul] waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, ‘Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me. And he offered the burnt offering” (1 Samuel 13:8-9).

Impatiently, Saul moved ahead, sinfully acting as a priest to make the sacrifice. Little did he know that Samuel was just around the bend. When the prophet arrived, he smelled the sacrifice Saul had offered and became incensed at the king’s sinful impatience.

I am convinced Samuel was delayed because God clearly told him exactly when to arrive. You see, this was a test to see whether Saul would believe that God could be trusted.

God orchestrated it all because he wanted to give Saul a testimony of humble dependence on him in all things, especially in a dark crisis. But Saul failed the test. He looked at the worsening conditions and decided that something had to be done.

Can you picture yourself in Saul’s situation? I hear him reasoning to himself, “I can’t take this indecision any longer. God sent me to do his work and I’m willing to die for his cause. But do I really have to sit here doing nothing? If I don’t act, everything will spin out of control.” Saul felt a gripping need to act immediately in the situation. And finally his impatience overwhelmed him.

This is where we fail at times in our walk with the Lord. At certain times, we have not waited for direction and have taken matters into our own hands because we do not like feeling uncertain and anxious. But the Lord is looking for total dependency. That means trusting him fully to do the right thing in the right way on our behalf. And it means patiently waiting on him not with anxiety but in a spirit of rest.

by David Wilkerson