In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God lived in a box (the ark of the covenant).  But God said, 'That's not good enough, I have to be closer to my people.'  So in His new covenant, He put His Spirit IN US! — Karen Jensen

When it comes to getting God’s direction for your life, it’s best not to get in a hurry. Sometimes after you’ve prayed and sought God about a decision, you might feel like you still don’t have any idea what to do. Ever been there? I have.

There can be any number of reasons that you still don’t know what to do. It could be because the time is just not right yet for something you feel led to do—some other things may need to happen before you step out into God’s next direction for your life.

So if you’ve prayed, sought God, asked questions, checked with mentors, and done your research but you still aren’t sure what to do, don’t do anything yet.

There, I said it. And I know it might not sound like much help, but I promise, waiting won’t hurt. The plan that God has for you today will still be the plan He has for you tomorrow. You won’t get left behind if you wait for His timing.

No matter how much of an urgency you might feel, there’s no need to get into a hurry. If you’re not sure what to do, then don’t make a move yet. Wait on God.

Sit Tight

In John 11 we see where Jesus Himself didn’t get into a hurry—even when His friend Lazarus got so sick that it was apparent he was going to die.

In verse 3, Mary and Martha (Lazarus’s sisters) sent for Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But Jesus answered, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). And He stayed two more days right where He was! He sat tight.

Yes, there are times when we have to move quickly if the Holy Spirit prompts us. I am a girl who likes to move fast! But in most cases, moving slowly won’t hurt anything.

I’m sure Jesus’s disciples wondered why He didn’t get up and go right away to the bedside of His friend. But Jesus didn’t let time dictate His actions. He waited for the clear go-ahead from His Father, just as we should do.

When Jesus finally did go to see Mary and Martha, He knew Lazarus had died (see v. 14). But He didn’t even let that bother Him! The Bible doesn’t say he rushed to Mary and Martha’s house in a panic—or that He rushed to the grave site.

No, He simply told Mary, “Your brother will rise again.” Meanwhile, some of the people who had come to mourn with Mary and Martha were murmuring about Jesus. They said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” (v. 37).

But Jesus ignored their words and just proceeded to the tomb—where Lazarus had been buried for four days. He had come to raise him from the dead (v. 44).

When Jesus followed God’s timing and didn’t get into a hurry, a spectacular miracle occurred. Raising Lazarus from a sick bed would have been a notable miracle. But you have to admit that raising him from the grave made this example of God’s power even more amazing!

Very Often there is a reason that you shouldn’t hurry but should instead sit tight until you know for sure you have God’s direction.

This is an excerpt from Karen’s book “How to Make the Right Decision Every Time: 10 Keys for Finding God’s Direction.” You can read the first part, watch the video, and order your copy here.