By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Even after we pray and seek God, there may be a time of waiting for His answer to come. This waiting period is a crucial time in our lives as believers. If we jump ahead of God, we could miss His blessing. If we lag behind, we also could miss the joy of knowing that we have followed His leading. Take a moment to ask yourself if the Lord is the center of your life. Are you doing things His way?
If so, then you are probably encountering resistance from the enemy. Satan wants to do all that he can to cause you to feel disappointed and deflated.
David, in his pure intentions to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to the temple, put the ark on a cart to transport it. And while that may seem trivial, God specifically outlined how the ark was to be transported: It was to be carried with poles (2 Samuel 6).
But David failed to do this. When the ark began to slide off the cart, one of the workers reached out to grab it and died instantly. David quickly developed a godly fear of the Lord. His fear of God was based on the desire to serve and honor God with purity and integrity of heart. This included doing things God's way.
In order to live a life that honors God, we must not only put God at the center of our lives, we also must be committed to doing things God's way. Too often, we make the mistake of trying to get God to go along with our plans instead of taking the time to find out His plan for our lives.
A healthy fear of God motivates us to change the way we live our lives so that we honor Him all the more. When we realize that we are doing God's work, but not the way He wants us to do it, we should immediately stop and seek His will for our lives.
Be willing to change your path if necessary in order to please the Lord.
Prayer: Father, show me what it means to have a healthy fear of You so that I may honor You in all that I do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous" (Psalm 19:9).