“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today’” (Exodus 14:13).

This seems to be the hardest thing to do, Lord, to wait when everything within us says we have to do something now! The Scriptures are full of this tragic mistake: Abraham begetting Ishmael (Genesis 16:3,4); the Children of Israel making their own god in the wilderness (Exodus 32:2-4); Elimelech leaving Israel and going to Moab (Ruth 1:1), Saul sacrificing at Gilgal (1 Samuel 13:8,9); Judas deceived into betraying Jesus in an attempt to force Him to fulfil his messianic expectations (Matthew 26:14-16), and so it goes on.

Against all expectation and criticism Jesus waited for the Holy Spirit’s leading before going to heal Lazarus (John 11:6). We who claim to know the Scriptures, why do we not learn this lesson? One single mistake can have such far reaching results: personal disaster, diversion of our generational line away from the knowledge of the true God, almost the destruction of the God-ordained lineage of the Messiah in the case of Elimelech! Just the desperate decision of one man, Abraham, changed the course of history! How catastrophic is that.

So you must learn to recognise My voice and obey. Remember that peace, not fear, is to be your guide (Colossians 3:15). The enemy appears as an angel of light. His way can look so right. This is why a good shepherd goes before the sheep, not behind them. They are taught not to move unless he leads them.

Even so, will I leave you with the results of your decisions? No, in mercy I will follow you, always hoping you will turn and be ready instead to follow Me. But that time, perhaps even years, in the wilderness can be avoided if you will but wait till I have prepared the perfect time and the perfect place for your next move.

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