I trust you are having a wonderful day. I was just thinking about a scripture that God gave us older women that mandates that as older women we are to teach the younger women.
Titus 2:3 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
It’s not that we are better in any way. It’s just that we’ve already had many of the same experiences that you are now having, younger women, and have already experienced the outcome of the decisions made. Yes, that’s both the good decisions as well as the bad ones. My natural inclination, as with many older women, is to just shut up and let you find out for yourself. We feel that way because so many younger women resent being told anything from older women. It’s just easier to be quiet, sit in our rocking chairs and watch the outcome of questionable decisions. But where is the love in that? Besides, I’m not a rocking chair kind of person.
On yesterday I saw a video of a precious young woman who was crying out to God concerning an action that she had just made and a step that she took. She openly posted on FB so I felt that she was crying out for help and validation. She went through an ordeal in which she nearly blacked out on the freeway, a potentially life threatening experience for both her and her child. Her interpretation of her experience was that the devil was angry because of a critical decision that she had just made. Without trying to lead anyone’s life or without trying to tell anyone what they should do, I simply offer this as a suggestion to be considered:
Every bad experience, especially when you know that it is a spiritual experience, is not necessarily from the devil. When you cry out to God for an answer, then make a decision before you hear from God, it is possible that a negative experience is from God. He may be saying, “NO! that is not what I told you to do.” Or, “Wait! Don’t run ahead of me!” The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” I am not being critical of anyone else’s decision, but please consider this: When you don’t know what to do, especially if you are seeking God for an answer, you have to wait on God for that answer. You cannot move until He makes it abundantly clear what it is that you are to do.
My heart went out to the young woman because I felt the sincerity of her desire to obey God. But sweethearts, we cannot obey God until He tells us what we must obey. You can’t rush Him and make Him tell you what you want to know until He is ready to tell you. I am not saying, by any means, that the young lady was wrong. Please understand that my little lesson for today has to do with the fact that we cannot allow Satan to convince us that a negative experience is always from the devil. It may be God’s “NO!” or His “Wait!”. Daniel had to wait three weeks for his answer but it came.
Many have suffered shipwreck because they asked God for an answer, then impatiently did what they thought was right. The devil loves to push his ugly head into everything, so don’t let him trick you when you are close to an answer from God. Wait I say, upon the Lord.
These are the words to an old hymn that I learned as a child that may be applicable to this lesson:
You can’t hurry God, no
You just have to wait.
You have to trust Him and give Him time,
Lawd, no matter how long it takes.
You know that he’s a God you can’t hurry.
But He’ll be there don’t worry.
You know He may not (may not)
Come when you want Him but he’s right on time.