“Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever find me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 8.34-45 ESV).
One of the hardest disciplines as a Christian is to listen and wait patiently for the Lord. The Lord will create in us a desire to do some great and beautiful thing for His kingdom, and it is so tempting to focus on the circumstances and offerings of this world to achieve that dream. But when we obediently seek God’s guidance and abide in His timing, we allow His fire to refine our hearts over a lengthy season of waiting. And our lives will become much like Moses’s burning bush–lit with the flames of destiny, yet never consumed. It is this unquenchable burning that becomes the focus of our submission, and it is so difficult to surrender to a promise that continues in an endless process of fulfillment. It would be much easier to call it quits and allow the dream to burn up or to satisfy the yearning with a lesser, attainable idol-dream. But the “life” of the dream with eventually take breath in those who daily watch and wait at the door of the Lord. Only the few who allow their dream to die in the natural will see it resurrected in the supernatural glory of the risen Lord. Therefore, don’t try to quench the burning that God has placed in you; instead, allow the fires of passion to lead you to the throne of God with an awareness of your absolute need for a Savior.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever” (Psalm 73.25 NLT).