“After having done all to do to stand, stand.” We love that quote, and it wasn’t until we faced trial, after trial, after trial, where that verse came alive for us.
That quote comes from the verse from Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV); “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
To be honest, it seemed like every time we took a step forward, we took two steps back. Then one night our Pastor said something in her sermon that resonated with our spirit.
“In the midst of challenge or times when you don’t know what to do, be steady and consistently do what you know is right.” It seemed simple, but it required a lot of self-control and patience to walk this out.
For some reason, every time we had a challenge, we’d seem to have had several pressing challenges at one time. So in the midst of not knowing what do, we wrote a prayer for direction.
Lord hear our prayer- We want to be in your perfect will. We want to put our hands to work where you lead. Help us, direct us, show us and give us wisdom. If we need to change in any area, please make it obvious quickly. Quicken our hearts and spirit to line up with your will for our life. In Jesus Name Amen.
As we started to pray this prayer, we stopped focusing on all that wasn’t going right. And we started focusing on choosing to do what we knew was the right thing to do, right now; leaving the rest to God.
Please don’t mistake that for carelessness. We just knew that for things to change, it was going to take a supernatural God to do it, and not us. As a result, we focused on doing the right things, knowing that the right things would happen in God’s perfect timing.
There was a time when Timberley was experiencing some health challenges. And she needed to decide if she was going to refer business to another agent, or try to conduct the business herself. Even though we needed the money, she needed the rest more, as we were standing in faith for her complete healing.
So we decided she would refer business out and take a referral fee, which would give her time to rest. As a result, she was able to take time to rest in peace, all while God continued to provide, lacking or missing nothing in the process.
The right thing to do at that time, was for her to be willing to take a cut in earnings, so that she could rest. We knew it was the right thing to do, yet we had to trust God that He would provide.
Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) says… “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” You see, when we know what is right in God’s eyes, and we continue to wait for His leading; we will always have what we need when we need it.
When times of challenges arise do you seek God and wait on His leading? Or do you respond in haste? After all, we are told when having done all to do to stand, stand.
~ André and Timberley Gray