WONDERING: WAGE 1

I wonder who… I wonder about… I wonder if…

Wondering is a sense of not knowing. To think about something with curiosity. There is always a sense of wonderment from childhood to adulthood. You may wonder what you will be when you grow up. What college to attend? Will you get a degree? What type of career? Will you get married? Have children? Should you start a business? Will you be successful?

When we wonder and have a limited insight, problems may occur. Oftentimes, we rely on people, issues or conditions that surround us to make a determination. With finite resources, there will always be something else to wonder about. Uncertainty and doubt takes over. What if there was an infinite source to decrease the wonderments, in life? Think about it, when questions ensue, answers follow. That would be a great source to tap into. Right?

With God, certainty replaces wondering; and clarity out triumphs doubt. God will reveal the things to be known, at the right time, right location, right method and the right people. When you rely on God through prayer; reading His Word; and following His directions, many of the problems of life will be solved. God has a great plan for your life.

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11Amplified Bible (AMP).

God’s Word is powerful. The Word is sharp enough to cut away the ambiguity and curiosity in the mind.

For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [b]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12Amplified Bible (AMP).

There are three key factors to activate this Source. One, you must trust God. Second, do not rely on your wisdom or the wisdom of the world. Lastly, acknowledge Him all your ways. Watch your wonderment decrease and your steps directed.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6King James Version (KJV)

For the record, it’s okay to wonder about the future and taking huge steps. However, if you wonder too long, without guidance and direction, fear can emerge. The results of fear can be paralyzing, causing you not to make any moves. You begin to wonder if I do this…this can happen, or if I don’t do this …this can occur. You have wondered way too long; time has lapsed and opportunities missed.

The world teaches we don’t need God because we can everything on our own. Pride and stubbornness can stop you from accepting God’s help and keep you wondering.

Don’t be stubborn.

 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. Deuteronomy 10:16King James Version (KJV)

Don’t be prideful. If wise counsel comes along, pride can push them away. One reason, it is much easier to remain in a loss world of questions than to venture on a road of chances. Moaning and groaning is easier than seeking and soaring.

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3King James Version (KJV)

First talk to God about your problems, then talk to your problems about God. Trust and believe and allow God to wave away your wonderment. God and His Word is the antidote to the wondering road.

 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31King James Version (KJV)

WANDERING: WAGE 2

Opportunities missed. Failures occurred. Bad decisions made. Wrong choices chosen. Bad breaks happened. Unexpected materialized. Hope deferred. Guilt, sorrow, anger, condemnation or other negative emotions materializes. Common emotions are doubt and confusion. The uncertainty or apprehensiveness becomes overwhelming.  These symptoms can cause some people to go into a wandering whirlwind.

Wandering is a movement away from the proper, normal or usual course. When the correct paths are not taken, wandering may occur. One way is started, another is taken; backwards steps then lateral steps. Oftentimes, circles are made, going around and around and getting nowhere fast.

In some cases, a particular path is chosen. All efforts are made to make it a success. For whatever reasons, it resulted in failure. Confidence is lost. No positive steps are taken due to the unsuccessful venture. Life exists in a comfortable, low key zone. Roaming begins to rule.

Wandering vs God’s Wisdom

There is no need to wander or to go in circles, even after a misstep. Allow God and His GPS (God’s Personal Spirt) to take part in every aspect of your life. Designate Him to be the Ultimate Driver, there will be less failures and more successes, because He will navigate your steps.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him. And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Proverbs 3:6Amplified Bible (AMP).

God’s Wisdom is our spiritual ability to understand things, when the worldly thinking people may not understand. It is a spirit of good judgment. Knowing what you know and sometimes, don’t know how you know it. Wisdom is a free gift. But, you must believe and accept it.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7King James Version (KJV)  

How do you obtain this spiritual superpower? Ask for it.

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. James 1:5Amplified Bible (AMP).

The world’s wisdom is not the same as God’s wisdom. Many may think they are the same. In the Word, it clearly states God’s wisdom is a higher wisdom and avoid the wisdom of this world.

Yet we do speak wisdom among those spiritually mature [believers who have teachable hearts and a greater understanding]; but [it is a higher] wisdom not [the wisdom] of this present age nor of the rulers and leaders of this age, who are passing away;

How does obtaining God’s wisdom prevent the wandering stage?

Wandering may begin after some unsuccessful event. It can possibly be after a wrong decision made by you. God’s Wisdom will assist and instruct you to have a sound insight into making a good decision in the first place. And, if by chance, you missed the mark, His wisdom will guide you to get back on track.

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy… Ecclesiastes 2:26King James Version (KJV)

Stop wandering. Don’t be a mad nomad. Be glad with God.

WILLING: WAGE 3

I just don’t have the will.

Willing is a strong determination to do something. Nowadays, many people lacks the will to do anything. The qualities of perseverance and tenacity are lost. When the tough gets going, the tough falls apart and gives up. Things gets hard, people bail. The strong will has been replaced by the weak mind. Each generation is getting softer than the previous. Laziness triumphs hard work. There is no willingness to learn, propel or self-motivate.

In life, to achieve success in anything, you must have a strong will.  You must have the character or attitude and the eagerness to complete the tasks started.

Any strong characteristics we have attained in life will be challenged and weakened by the world’s’ ways. Many will fight until the end, while others will give up with the first sign of adversity. It is easy to give up. And, the devil will applaud you for doing so. He will send people and situations to derail you from your path. We may the desire to do something and the readiness, but the guidance to do it correctly and the strength to complete it, comes from the Lord.

God’s will is stronger than our will. Where we are weak, God will make us strong.

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11King James Version (KJV).

When we become weary, when we want to give up, when our willingness fails. We need to go to God and ask for strength to carry on.

 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31King James Version (KJV)

Let’s look at this analogy of electricity. Before electricity can be used, your electric company must connect wires from their main source to your home, this may consist of underground cables, or electric poles. Once that is accomplished electricity is available in the house. Now, there must be a workable electrical outlet. Next, a device with a proper cord. You plug in the device and receive the desired effect.

Equate to God like an electric company, the Ultimate Power Source. Without Him, there is no main power.

 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3

Grace is the power/electricity that flows from the Source.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8

We are the device.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16 KJV

The proper cord is your faith. Faith is the connection. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. You must have the strong belief and trust that God exists and grace is available. We receive grace though faith.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The outlet is your heart. God works through your heart. If you believe in your heart that grace is available; that releases the power to have a restored and balanced life.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

You are the device receiving electricity from the main power source. If you have a faulty outlet and/or a damaged cord, you will not achieve your desired effect. You will be in the dark. Plug the cord of faith into the outlet of your heart and receive the electricity of grace from the Ultimate Power Source.

And [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength. Ephesians 1:19Amplified Bible (AMP)

God has already given us the power to do all things. He will strengthen our will to succeed, But, we must plug in.

WANTING: WAGE 4

I want this… I want that… I don’t know what I want…

Wanting represents not having all that is needed, expected or desired. Repeatedly, many people do not know what they want. Married couples expect their partners to know what the other desires. Parents are expected to know all the wants of their children. Friends are expected to know the needs of each other. But, if you don’t know what you want, how do you expect others to know?

If you ask adults, what they want, many will say a great job, a healthy relationship and a good home. If you ask the youth, their answers may be updated electronic devices, plenty of money and fancy cars. All of these items may provide a temporary fix and produce a momentary joy, but, these results will not be long lasting. Great jobs, become not so great, relationships end, homes are expensive, updated devices becomes obsolete and money runs out. There will always be something bigger and better. What happens then?

If you don’t know what you want, don’t phone a friend. Pray to God. Ask Him what you need and what is good for you. He will grant the yearnings of the heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. Psalm 37:4Amplified Bible (AMP)

Bear in mind, our wants must align with God’s wants. God does not grant selfish, frivolous, harmful or dangerous prayers. For example, God, give me a million dollars so I can destroy my ex-husband’s business. Or, God, grant me the ability to rob this liquor store.

You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires. James 4:3Amplified Bible (AMP)

Another example, God, grant me just enough for me and my family. You may ask what is wrong with that prayer. One, God is not a God of just enough; He is a God of abundance. He wants to bless you exceedingly. Second, God wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing to other people.

… So will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. Zechariah 8:13King James Version (KJV)

Our ways of thinking are established from family, friends and other influences. We measure our ways of thinking according to the human scale and not on the ways of the Almighty Powerful God. God’s ways are more elevated than our thoughts could ever be.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8King James Version (KJV).

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9King James Version (KJV)

Ask yourself. Do you want short term wants that will be here today and gone tomorrow? Or, long term desires, that continues to grow and prosper. If you desire the latter, go to ask God and inquire what He wants for your life.  Ask Him, what is His way to get your dreams achieved.

WAITING: WAGE 5

Are you the one who glares at the check-out clerk when the lines are long? Or, the one who sighs loudly when it takes a minute to download something on your computer? Or, the one blows your horn at the car ahead of you, the millisecond the traffic light changes? Or, the one who keeps hitting elevator button thinking that technique will bring the elevator more swiftly?

Waiting is to remain in a place until an expected event occurs. Impatience is the inability to wait for something. There may be multiple reasons why impatience is on the rise, but one stands out.

Our life schedules are over filled with activities and events which we think we must do. If there are 15 things to get accomplished, we work at a record breaking speed to get them done. When there is a delay and time is lost to proceed to the next item on the list we become impatient.  Frustration, anger and fear follows.

The world has assisted in shaping us in this face pace mode and impatient state. The creation of fast foods restaurants, quick oil changes, ATMs, and self-checkouts, receiving items and services in a hurry. Smartphones, tablets and laptops deliver information immediately.

The truth is impatience robs us of peace and joy. It does not allow us to enjoy the moment, because we are in a hurry to get another task off our list or to get to another location.

Impatient people will rush to a job they don’t like. They will impatiently wait for lunch, and then clock out time. They go to work on Monday and wishing for it to be Friday. They are not enjoying the day, they are thinking about what they will do 4 days away.

Impatient people will not wait until finances are in order before making purchase. They buy now and worry about the bills later. This mentality can lead to money issues, debts and possible bankruptcy.

Some parents are too impatient to teach their children, so they expect teachers and the school system to do everything. And other times, negative influences teaches children to veer off the correct paths.

People are more impatient with God than anyone or anything else. There is a prayer spoken on Monday morning. If the expected desires are not materialized by Tuesday, they give up on God, blaming God for not hearing their prayers.

Waiting vs God’s When

The question of when to do something plagues us every day. But, the critical point of when to do something, may not be right now. Sometimes, we need to wait.

When is an adverb to mean, at what time. God’s when or God’s time may not be our time. Patience is the ability to remain calm and not be annoyed when waiting for a period of time or when dealing with problems and people. Our time frame should aligns with God’s time frame, because He know our beginning, middle and end.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11(KJV)

For everything in life, there is a reason and a season. There is a time to do something and there is a time to wait. We must rely on God to guide us through, to make the correct moves at the correct time.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

Sometimes, we do not get what we want immediately, because certain characteristics, for example, faith and trust must be established.

Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. James 1:3-4Amplified Bible (AMP)

While we wait, or while we are going through trials, fear can occur. Fear not. Trust God.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14King James Version (KJV)

Impatience is selfishness. You are making it all about you. You want what you want when you want it.

Think about a baby, new to the world. They are selfish. They cry to be fed, changed or to be held. As they get older, they are taught not to throw fits to get what they want. When you allow impatience to overwhelm you, the infant type mentality is occurring. Remember your sense of urgency it not my emergency. Indicating your immediate necessity, doesn’t not equate for others to move swiftly in your behalf.

If you seek to cast the impatient monkey off your shoulder, keep in mind, your inability to wait needs to be addressed one step at a time.

Empathize with others. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. Remember the times when you were new in a position; didn’t you want others to be patient with you? Or, at the traffic light, maybe you were distracted with a child or a thought, wouldn’t you want others to give you more than a millisecond to move?

Get up earlier so you don’t need to rush to work. Every day, have small things to look forward to instead of hurriedly waiting for the weekend.

Stop, look at listen at all situations where impatience arises and where you need to practice being cool, calm and collected. In long check-out lines, take out your phone, check emails, play a game, send a text, anything to avoid you from glaring at the clerk, tapping your foot, or sighing loudly.

If you pray, believe it will happen. Wait for the results. There are multiple reason why we cannot always get what we want when we think we need it. We must go through process of having faith, and trusting God. Then, positive results will follow.

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:25-26King Janes Version (KJV)