Guarding Your Calling: The Active Wait for God’s Timing

Num 3:10a And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office...

The word wait here comes from the Hebrew word shamar, which means to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc. It is one thing to just sit idly by and watch the time go by, waiting for your turn at the ministry. It is yet another thing to actively protect and secure your turn with careful caution and diligent observation.

You may think that it is taking an eternity for you to arrive at your desired destination in the calling God has for you, but allow me, with the aid of the scriptures, to remind you that there is plenty to do in the areas of preparation and preservation. One who is well-prepared is well-equipped, while one who is ill-prepared is ill-equipped! Never underestimate the power of preparation! Every step taken to be better prepared will more securely ensure success in the days to come!

Even our Lord waited until He was 30 years old before beginning the thrust of His earthly ministry. Do not become anxious and restless in your spirit when it comes to a place to serve, for your day will come! I once heard it said, “It’s better to want something you don’t have, than to have something you don’t want!” Too many have entered into positions of service prematurely, only to find that they were not ready.

Young person, do thy diligence to protect, to guard, and to preserve that special place God has for you in future ministry! If you become weary in the wait, it would be easy to let your guard down and thus miss your opportunity to serve to the capacity that God intended! Many just throw their lives away for a few moments of pleasure, only to wake up with ruin and regret. Do not forfeit God’s best for you! Protect it! Build up a hedge around it! Tend to it! Watch and wait patiently for it! If you do, then in due time you will be prepared to step into the place God has for you, just at the right place and the right time in your life! Let me tell you, it is worth every minute of the wait!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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