When It Is Wrong To Wait

harvest-1365084Resolutions are not limited to the beginning of a New Year. Most of us have a running list of goals and desires. From spending more time with our kids, to taking a course, to inviting our neighbors over for coffee; we have our ambitions. And as Christians we can add spiritual objectives to the list: attend prayer meeting, memorize Scripture or help out with the children’s program at church.

But we must be realistic. There are only 24 hours in a day. We already have significant responsibilities at home and at work and to jettison these would be irresponsible. I hear you. We simply can’t do all that we want to do.

Enter Ecclesiastes 11:4. King Solomon writes, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap”. The wisest human being ever speaks of a farmer who waits for just the right time to sow and reap. He anxiously eyes nature’s movements. He can’t sow if the wind blows and can’t reap when the rain begins to fall. Yet his calculating approach has its faults. The farmer can succumb to inaction because he keeps waiting for the right set of circumstances. But the wind and the clouds are rarely right. Waiting for the perfect moment can turn out to be an exercise in futility.

This is not a plea for carelessness and presumptuousness. Limitations are part and parcel of our human existence. But let’s not hide behind our busyness. Don’t sit around waiting for ideal circumstances. Your schedule is not to be your straightjacket. The right time is when God calls, when the Spirit convicts. He knows everything about our circumstances. He can help us evaluate our priorities and make wise choices. Don't be afraid to step out in faith, for sometimes it is simply wrong to wait.