Now that you have trusted the Lord with your New Year’s resolutions for 2015 and have surrendered all your plans into His Hands, watch out for this moment. What moment? A moment of waiting! You see, when you surrender your plans to the Lord, it also means you are waiting for His guidance. This waiting is also a willingness to follow God’s way of accomplishing your plans. There is a good reason why God says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And do not rely on your own understanding.

 Proverbs 3:5


Pay attention to the second sentence. It says, “And do not rely on your own understanding.” Once you have surrendered your plans to the Lord then you should not rely on your own understanding. This is where the waiting comes in. Since from this point on you are not relying on your own understanding, you must wait on God’s guidance on your next move. In other words, you have to wait for God to show you how to implement your New Year’s resolutions. This is the moment that we humans lose patience and begin moving on with our own plans according to our understanding. We make our plans relying on our knowledge, experience, and ability to implement them. This results in failure to realize our dreams for life or resolutions for the year.

Scripture is permeated with exhortation and instructions on the importance of waiting on the Lord.

         Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart

         And wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14


         Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

Do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

         When they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7


         Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;

         Therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.

For the Lord is a God of justice.

         Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18


While God may answer some prayer requests immediately, in most cases we have to wait for the answers. This is the moment of waiting. This is why you must watch for this moment.

In the next devotion, I will address the importance and how to wait on the Lord.


1.    Have you experienced this moment of waiting on the Lord in your life?

a.    How long did you wait?

b.    How were you able to wait?

c.    What was the result of the waiting?

d.    What did you learn from this waiting?

2. In the last four days of this New Year, have you been waiting on the Lord?

3.    If in the last four days you have already implemented your plans, how long did you wait on the Lord?

4.    Is there anything you must now do differently having read this devotion?

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart

And wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

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By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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