WAITING ON GOD FOR COUNSEL
In Psalm 16, the psalmist takes great pains to review in detail the history of Israel and the specific areas where they fail God who delivered them from bondage in Egypt. When travel through the wilderness became difficult, the people resorted to complaining rather than seeking God’s counsel in the difficulties. In addition, “they soon forgot His works [which were many and powerful]; they did not wait for His counsel” (16:13). His was repeated in the Promised Land when they faced the Gibeonites, they made a treaty with them instead of asking for God’s counsel (Joshua 7:1-9). Disaster followed that they never recovered from.
The sin of impatience and not seeking God’s will results in spiritual weakness and defeat. It is a great grief to my heart to see the church becoming powerless in the face of rising evil because it has lost a strong belief that we need the Holy Spirit to constantly guide and teach us. This requires waiting on God, depending on the Holy Spirit rather than assuming our programs, plans and agendas will bring us success.
I quote again from Andrew Murray; “And so in all our gatherings we need to believe in the Holy Spirit as the Guide and Teacher of God’s saints when they wait to be led by Him into the things which God has prepared, and which the heart cannot conceive. [We need] more stillness of soul to realize God’s presence; more consciousness of [our] ignorance of what God’s great plans may be; more faith in the certainty that God has greater things to show us; that He Himself will be revealed in new glory. These must be the marks of the assemblies of God’s saints if they would avoid the reproach, “They waited not for His counsel”.
Waiting on God, Renaissance Classics, 2012, page 44-45. Italics mine.
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