1 Samuel 10:8 (KJV)

8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

Nowhere in scripture does God tell anyone to rush into a decision. He just doesn’t operate that way.

Anyone in the financial world knows that success rarely follows a snap decision. Though at times we may need to hear from God quickly, God will never tell us to rush in blindly. We may have to move swiftly in the will of God and still not hurry into a situation.

Satan always encourages us to act immediately, because he knows if e back off and think long enough, we may reconsider.

How many people have made decisions they regret for the rest of their lives? Psalm 27:14 exhorts us, “Wait on the Lord!” Psalm 62:5 explains, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”

If we feel an overwhelming urge to act spontaneously, we had better pull in the reins. God wants us to get all the details in their proper places.

King Saul lost his throne because he acted hastily.

The prophet Samuel told him to wait for seven days at Gilgal, “till I come to you and show you what you should do” (1 Samuel 10:8). By the seventh day, Samuel still hadn’t arrived. With a hostile Philistine army pressing in on him, Saul decided to take matters in his own hands and he prepared burnt offerings to invoke the Lord’s favor.

As soon as he completed the offerings, Samuel appeared.  Saul offered some lame excuses, but his rashness disqualified him for a long and peaceful reign.

Getting ahead of God is a terrible mistake, with distasteful consequences.

On the other hand, Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, patiently waited for God’s timing- with glorious results. He fasted and prayed “for many days” (1:4), then waited for the right time to bring his concern before the king. Rather than dash into action, Nehemiah waited before God.

In fact, he beseeched the Lord for a period of four months, until one day the king himself asked Nehemiah why he seemed so downcast. Nehemiah explained the situation, and within days, the king sent him off to Jerusalem with all the necessary authority and building materials (see 2:1-11).

Nehemiah waited until God put all the particulars in place, and then he moved.

We should do the same.

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