“No one likes to wait. But there are many critical lessons that can sometimes ONLY be learned from the bench. Find out why waiting is an essential step in learning how to serve God well.
Someone once said, “Don’t mistaken God’s patience for His absence. His timing is perfect and His presence is constant. He is always with you.”
Jesus Himself even, before ascending to heaven as the living, reigning King who conquered sin and death, said, “I am with you even to the ends of the age.” Matthew 28:20
And Psalm 27:14 even says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”
When I lost my job early 2014 I had to learn this Life Lesson. I learned first hand what it meat to “Wait on God” in more ways than one. Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation yourself.
During that time, my prayers were been filled and stacked with questions like: “God, why? How could this happen? What’s the plan now? What about our finances? Where are You in all this?”And as the time passed, the prayers slowly started to change from prayers of questions into prayers of trust. “God, I know You are involved in this somehow. —- God, I trust You.”
I share all that to say this: by waiting on God, He and He alone, closed doors and opened others that has led my family to the place we are now. God always has something awesome in store for His children because “He loves to give us good gifts.” (Matthew 7:11)
The time when my prayers changed direction, was a time where God revealed Himself to me in such a way that broke me. It was one of those times where His sweet Spirit spoke clearly to me and my situation from the daily devotional I was reading. And for two days, He saturated my wife and I with His truth. I tore out the page from my devotional and had it proudly hanging where I could see it daily, as a reminder that God is ALWAYS with me, working things out even when I don’t see it., and to learn the art of worship in what it means to wait on Him and His perfect timing. I later gave that paper to a co-worker who needed the same Biblical encouragement.
Even though I may not know you personally as you read this, I do know one thing about you: Rather in the past, right now, or in the future, you will have gone, are going, and will go through times where you are required to wait and trust on God in a situation that is filled with hurt and confusion.
For me: It took a waiting time of over 4 months to know what God wanted me to do in the situation about my job. For you — the waiting time may be less, or more. But because of my waiting on Him, and not making a move by instinct and sitting in His presence and becoming humble and teachable, I have been blessed.
Heck. I’m still learning what that means even in the place I’m in now. Maybe thats why these are called “Life Lessons.” Because, you never stop learning them and living them out.
Anyhow, I felt led to share these devotions with you. May they bless you as they blessed me!
“Take heart, and have courage.” -Jesus’s words in John 16:33-
Wednesday, February 5th 2014 “How long, O Lord, must I call for help?” Hab. 1:2 NIV
Waiting For Things To Change Pt. 1
“Are you waiting for your vision to start coming to past, or to find a solution to a problem you’re facing, or for the first signs of fulfillment to a promise God has made to you? You’re not the first person to struggle with the idea of waiting, and you won’t be the last. Furthermore, when you get what you’re waiting for now, you’ll be waiting for something else. If there’s one word that defines Christian living, it’s — waiting. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, ‘The revelation awaits an appointed time… and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.’ (Hab. 2:3 NIV)
Why did God say that? Because He was answering the prophets question, ‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen?’ Look at the patriarch Job. Covered in boils and totally bankrupt, he says, ‘If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes.’ (Job 14:14 NKJV) Waiting for things to change is not easy. So what should you do while you’re waiting? Pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you’ll shortchange your own future. James writes, ‘Be patient… see how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You be patient too, be patient and stand firm.’ (James 5:7-8 NIV) What God has in store for you is worth any price you have to pay and any season of waiting you have to go though.”
Thursday, February 6th 2014 “I will wait, till my change comes.” Job 14:14 NKJV
Waiting For Things To Change Pt. 2
“Before you quit and give up in discouragement, consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed – something that can’t get off the ground and fly properly. Perhaps you’re thinking, “I can’t wait for this to be over.” That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, ‘All the days of my hard service, I will wait till my change comes.’ By God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost. So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now. Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told a king, ‘We will not bow to you.’ (Dan. 3;18) Don’t bow down to the temptation or manipulation to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition or self-promotion. Don’t bow down to the spirit of anxiousness and impatience. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that ‘God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think.’ (Eph. 3:20) They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ The determining factor is WHO are you waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all things (Ecc. 3:1). Wait, God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.”
So—- wait. You’re in His hands.