What the Lord Says Regarding Procrastination
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother of him who destroys. (Proverbs 18:9, ESV)
There is a difference between waiting on or for God’s movement, and procrastination. When we wait on God to or hear a clear word, receive direction from him we are waiting in expectation and anticipation, waiting prayerfully. We may be fasting as we wait, or studying passages of Scripture for further clarity, or waiting until we know and sense in our spirit that its time to move out or forward. We’re paying close attention to the leading, presence and voice of the Holy Spirit. But procrastination is different. When we procrastinate it’s usually due to a few things: we are fearful to move ahead or decide something; we know what we need to do we just don’t want to do it, hoping it will go away on its own or solve itself. When we procrastinate, we might be filled with feelings of fear, self-doubt, dread, or anxiety which are never from God. While God wants us to wait on him when waiting is appropriate, he never counsels us to procrastinate, especially because procrastination is simply delaying the inevitable and sometimes keeping us from receiving the blessings or change God has in store for us.
For certain, procrastination is not only a robber of blessings, but also of self-confidence and personal peace. It causes us to question our reliability and what we have learned and possess from God. maybe worse than any one of these is knowing when we procrastinate we are partnering wit the enemy who is a destroyer of our dreams, purpose and God’s plans for us.
If waiting is in order God will not fail you. He will make sure you know when to act or move forward or respond in faith. If procrastination is the spirit you are dealing with God will give you the power and courage to act in faith. As he has promised he has not given us a spirit of timidity which can feed and fuel procrastination—but a spirit of boldness and self-confidence. Let’s Pray
Help us to know the difference between waiting and procrastinating, Lord. When we need to be moving out in faith do not let us be comfortable doing nothing or allow us to reason or logic things in our own mind that may be misleading and certainly do not let us partner with evil that our blessings or good future may not be experienced because we procrastinate. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Reflective Questions for Self and Soul Tending:
Does today’s passage and focus serve as a reminder, encourage you or convict you?
If you are procrastinating about something, why do you think that is so?
How can you incorporate today’s message into your plan of self and soul-care?
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