John 5:30 – I am able to do nothing from myself [independently, of My own accord — but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me. AMP
How many times have we chided ourselves because we weren’t growing in Christian maturity fast enough or at least at a rate that we thought would please God? But John 5:30 says very plainly that Christ couldn’t grow faster than God wanted Him to grow either. The real difference between Christ and us in this regard, is that Christ trusted God with the pace of His growth and learning and refused to get stressed or anxious.
Another very cool and comforting message that comes through this selection of scripture is that Christ trusted God and knew God well enough to know not to make a decision before God told Him it was time to make the decision. And, when Christ did make a decision He had full confidence in the decision He made because He made it with God’s will and pleasure in mind, not His own.
We are all placed under a myriad of deadlines, but there is a reason it is called DEAD line. Most deadlines are mankind’s attempt to control or force us. The reality is that there are very few emergencies and most deadlines are due to someone’s impatience, fear or greed. Christ knew He was going to be sacrificed for our sins, yet, He didn’t make decisions designed to come to that end. Instead He lived each day doing what God said and when the day came to be put on the cross it happened; without any maneuvering or manipulating by Christ.
How many times have we been out in front of ourselves, making a plan or decision, yet inside we knew it had no grace, click or anointing? A better question might be, how often have we allowed circumstances or other people’s expectations to pressure us to make a decision even though we did not know what was best? So often when we’re not ready to make a decision there is a good reason; all the cards that are needed to complete God’s hand haven’t been played.
The truth is that, even though we have been given the mind of Christ, our brain is limited. Our perspective is one letter in one sentence in one paragraph on one page in one book. God’s mind is infinite and omniscient.
The only time you, as a Christian are supposed to decide something is when you feel the nudge from God that it is time to decide. As a Christian we are free from what other people see as the world’s reality of deadlines, and “running out of time” etc. We are free from the world’s pressure so that we can make a decision that will please God, at the time when God knows it is best. And, if we are wise enough to wait until the right time to make a decision, then we will be blessed with the full confidence that we have made the right decision, because we have made it to please God.
God tells us in His Word that He has a good plan for our lives. We don’t have to make it happen. Each day we do our best to follow the Lord and it will happen.