Confirmation and Procrastination
Good afternoon everybody! I’m still at work, and I have been doing good today. This has been a hard two weeks for me, and it is taking a toll on my body–so I am diagnosing myself to a day at home tomorrow of reading. I was only going to talk about confirmation today, but I read my devotion just a few minutes ago and I think it is something we all need to be aware of.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1
“As for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6
As far as confirmation is concerned, when my cousin passed, I had been thinking of what to say and read at her funeral all day. I went over millions of scriptures and just prayed to God to guide me to it. Y’all know I am one of the MOST impatient people ever, but I am proud to say that God is working in me and I am getting better. However, in my scripture search I came to Psalm 23 and realized how it wonderfully said what I was looking to say. I read then thought, uhh I will come back to it if I can’t find something else. But it was still on my mind. I found my new testament scriptures, and still came back to Psalm 23. Then my cousin calls and says that’s one of the ones that my aunt would like me to read. After we got off the phone I had to thank God for confirmation. In this emotional time, I have been feeling distant from God–because my pain has not eased. My heart is still heavy but in the midst of times like this–where confusion enters and serves as the devil’s tool to separate you from God, you must listen to that small voice and seek God. Wait on Him and He will speak to you. Even in the other things that I am uncertain of right now, I realize that God hears my cry and will give me confirmation of what I seek in due time. Whether it be in an instant or two years from now, you will get it.
As far as procrastination is concerned, I am not talking of typical procrastination. I am speaking of those people we pray for that seem to refuse to accept God and continue to fight against Him. They procrastinate–by procrastinate I mean hesitate and put it off until the end–to accept God until they near that final hour. But I am blessed today to know that even though they wait until the “Eleventh Hour”, God will forgive them! This inspires me to continue in prayer for those in my family that do not follow God’s leading. In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, the farmer went out at intervals during the day and recruited workers to work in his vineyard. At the end of the day, he paid them all the same. The earlier workers complained but he told them to take their pay and go. They all agreed to work for the same amount. (Matthew 20:1-16) The purpose of this is that we cannot give up on them and should rejoice that even though they don’t respond now, as long as they accept Jesus they will be saved. This is the same as the message of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)–no matter what, God will forgive us and welcome us all home, if we turn to Him with forgiveness! Knowing these things bless my heart today and I hope they bless you! Go forth with confirmation that if you know God and accept Him, in spite of all your procrastination, you will be saved!!