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The Right Conditions

by Joanna Pierce on November 09, 2016

Do you know someone who is a procrastinator? Someone who always has a reason why they haven’t started something yet? I’ve known a few procrastinators in my day—they have every excuse in the book. Some excuses are downright hilarious, some worrisome, and some saddening.

One common reason people procrastinate is because they’re waiting for the right timing—the right conditions. If they reach the right age, if their finances are in the right order, if they have enough capacity in their life… There seems to be endless criteria they’re waiting to be met before they take action.

When people procrastinate, they miss countless opportunities and regret it for the rest of their lives—they fail to restore a relationship, take advantage of a job offer, develop personal skills, pursue an advanced degree, or other innumerable opportunities. Procrastination causes people to forego seeing something great happen in their lives or even in someone else’s life.

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4, KJV).

God warns us about procrastination—waiting for the right conditions to take action. Whether or not we feel we “fit the bill” of a procrastinator in everyday life, most of us assume this identity in our relationship with God.

At one point or another, the Lord has spoken to each of us and given us a directive He wants us to carry out. But, instead of being obedient, we procrastinate—we wait to do what God has told us to do.

We hesitate, fail to act, and have a drawer full of lame excuses as to why we wait. We feel we aren’t worthy to be used, are scared about what others will think about us, or don’t think have the ability to do what God has put upon our hearts. We sit with these directions and wait—wait until it’s too late and we miss our opportunity.

If we wait too long, we won’t reap God’s blessings and see a miracle manifested. Sometimes God wants to use us to perform a miracle and be a blessing for someone else, or He simply wants to move in our own lives. We wait too often for the right conditions instead of taking action in God’s time, in God’s conditions.

It’s time to put away the mindset of procrastination—time to move when God tells us to move. We need to be obedient to God’s call. If we make ourselves available, and move regardless of whether we see rain clouds, whether we’re walking through a valley, or whether we feel like we’re alone, we’ll see God move in a mighty way. We’ll see the miracle we’ve been praying for, a soul saved, or a mighty blessing. We’ll reap because we sowed; we’ll reap because we sowed in God’s conditions.

What are you waiting for?