Patience Or Procrastination
It is appropriate to plan and prepare for tomorrow. It is appropriate to pray for God*s guidance and help for tomorrow. But it is a sin to procrastinate, to put off until tomorrow what God wants us to do today. I have known some individuals who have claimed to be patient who were really procrastinating. I have committed that sin myself. King David was often wise in that he did what God wanted him to do WHEN God wanted him to do it.
Psalms 31:15: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon: No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do today.
James 4:13-17: Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we *find to do* day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God. Endeavour now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful as to the way in which you perform what you find to do. *Do it with thy might.* Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of today.
Hebrews 4:7: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Putting off until tomorrow what we should do today will put off joy, peace, blessings and satisfaction, and perhaps prevent those things altogether.
Care to discuss Patience Or Procrastination with Ron?