Tell him, Let not the one who puts on his armor boast like the one who takes if off. –1 Kings 20:11
It’s easier to start a battle than to finish one. Do not boast before you’ve won the battle. In today’s vernacular we would say, “Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.”
There’s wisdom behind the word this morning that although we know the battle is already won, wisdom keeps her counsel. Wait and victory shall be self evident. Wait and “…let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4).
There is tension in the Christian’s life, a tension that knows the outcome yet holds his peace in patient endurance — watching, waiting and praying toward the moment of God’s manifestation. There’s always purpose in waiting. For ten days the disciples had to wait. God did not send the Holy Spirit immediately. The upper room must have held some tension as His followers waited and kept the secret of the glorious promised blessing. How Daniel struggled for three weeks waiting in prayer until he finally heard the words ” Do not be afraid Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10: 12). What Joy must have filled the hearts of these men?
There is release in the life of Christ when God’s perfect timing breaks through, victory abounds and SHOUTS OF JOY fill the soul.
Further Reading: 1 Kings 20: Psalms 40; Proverbs 29