What Are You Waiting For?

by Andy Wood on October 22, 2008

in Executing Your Plan, Five LV Laws, Hoarders, LV Alter-egos, LV Cycle, Principle of Increase

Another saint doing battle with the powers of darkness

“Arose.”

Fascinating word.  Occurs 173 times in the New American Standard Bible.  Nearly always, something interesting, if not transforming, follows.

Jesus uber-arose, as I hope you know.  As in, from the dead.

Abraham arose, too, as in from the bed.

Jacob arose, and bugged out of town.

A new king arose in Egypt, and things got ugly for Jacob’s descendents.

Moses arose and went up the mountain.

Balaam arose and got up on his donkey.

Arose is the difference between sleeping and moving.  Between sitting and acting.

Arose changes things. It provokes people, because lots of people prefer to let sleeping dogs (and people and projects and enemies) lie.

Arose often describes movement without guarantees.  Yes, that means risk.

Arose cuts off debate, changes or eliminates conversation, makes short work of merely talking about things.

Arose is sometimes akin to building the plane while it’s still in the air.

Arose is what Zerubbabel and Joshua did when they decided they’d sat and waited long enough to continue rebuilding the temple.  Check this out:

Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak AROSE and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them.  At that time Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues came to them and spoke to them thus, ” Who issued you a decree to rebuild this temple and to finish this structure?”  THEN WE TOLD THEM ACCORDINGLY WHAT THE NAMES OF THE MEN WERE who were reconstructing this building. But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews…. (Ezra 5:2-5)

With direction from the Lord and encouragement from His prophets (but no guarantees from outward circumstances), these leaders got up and got moving.  They arose.

Arose is what happens when you’re willing to sign your name to your action.  When challenged by the competing governor as to who authorized them to build, the Jews replied, “We told them accordingly what the names of the men were who were reconstructing this building.”  Long before John Hancock boldly signed America’s Declaration of Independence, Zerubbabel boldly signed something himself.  His work – his action – became his signature.

How about you?  You got any arising to do?  Stop waiting around for guarantees.  Waiting on God is one thing.  Waiting for sure-fire guarantees, “safe” conditions, and more talk is another.  Get up!

Don’t give me that age-old age excuse.  Abraham was over 100 and Moses was past 80 when they changed history.

Talent?  Ha!  Every “ariser” I know anything about arose in an area other than his or her training.

Okay, wait for it… wait for it… here it is:

But I don’t have any MONEY.

(Sigh.)

I’m picturing Jesus or His disciples, trying to collect a few coins to buy off the Roman guards so the stone could roll away from the tomb.  Or Moses, daring to tell a burning bush that he’s broke.  Don’t you understand that arising brings its own measure of resources – some of which money can’t buy?

When the mission is calling and permission is lacking, get up!

When trouble’s on the horizon, get up!

When the enemy comes in like a flood, get up!

When you’re wounded in the battle, get up!

When a world of hurt and need is languishing around you (or around the world) get up!

When the markets are iffy and the old stand-bys aren’t standing by, get up!

When the closest thing to dreaming you can find is a bed or a couch, get up!

When you’re lying on your death bed, your life won’t be measured by how safe and predictable it was.  It will be measured by the times you said “yes” to the voice of God – risks and all – and arose.  What in God’s name are you waiting for?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Tree Newt October 23, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Andy, awesome as usual. Man, can I relate to the guy in that picture, from a spiritual perspective. We lay around, we get comfortable, and before you know it, we’re fat. If we don’t “rise up” and share what God pours into us, what good are we? We’re like the Dead Sea: life flows in from the Jordan, but there’s no life in it, because there’s no outlet. Let’s arise, bro!

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Andy Wood October 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Hey Mattie! Thanks for the encouragement. I think of you and your new job/ministry challenge often, and pray you’re continuing to grow and prosper.

Talk about getting up! Dude, you did it!

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