Ok God. I’m still waiting.
Does that sound familiar? Can you relate?
I know you are listening to my prayers God. So…. how long is this going to take?
Maybe you’ve been praying for something for a very long time and decided to live with the struggle until God answers your prayers? What do we do with that difficult 4 letter word? WAIT.
God in his wisdom and mercy allows us to choose how we live… in the meantime…
One of my treasured books for Finding Peace and digging into Philippians is titled, A Woman Who Trusts God, by author Debbie Alsdorf who writes:
“How will we live in the space between our prayer to God and the answer on earth? Does the meantime rob us of joy? Does it steal our peace and dilute our faith? Does it distract our focus?…God wants so much more for us than living from freak-out to freak-out. I like the idea of living from peace to peace…”
Over the years, my Mentor has taught me the importance of learning how “waiting on God” is a verb.
Isaiah 40:18 “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.”
You and I do not have to do life alone. We can spend time with God and also a godly mature Christian Mentor. My Mentor took the time to show me how to actively wait on the Lord. I learned how to hold on to His hope and joy to live my life. This concept was new to me and a huge Life Changer.
Do you have a Mentor? Do you know someone who is mature and daily growing in their relationship with Christ? Ask God to bring into your life a godly Mentor who will help you grow into the person you were created to be. If you are a strong mature follower of Christ, will you be the one to step forward and begin to Mentor another new believer? Be encouraged. You are the one God is looking for!
When it comes down to handling our struggle with waiting on God, we have two choices.
Choice #1: We can Do Nothing.
This is the passive answer to waiting. Do nothing and sit around as time passes away and so does our hope, joy and energy. If we aren’t extremely careful we can slip into anger, bitterness, doubt and so much more.
Choice #2: We can Watch in the Wait
This is the expectant answer to waiting. With this choice we are watching for God to answer in His timing and not yours. We are living in anticipation of knowing God will answer and show up. Looking forward to His divine plan. Believing He really does have a great plan for our lives because He does. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. You may be distracted and begin to struggle but worry, anger and fear are no longer the only focus. Slowly the discouragement and depression begins to lift and we’re getting a glimpse of God’s…Hope. Peace. Joy.
Just like you, I have experienced difficult and desperate times waiting on God. But God has always been faithful. Mali He has never forgotten me nor abandoned me.
Unfortunately, I’ve tried both choices #1 and #2. The Do Nothing choice was terrible and painful. I had to learn the hard way. Since the journey was disaster, I begged the Holy Spirit to help me choose to Watch for God in the Waiting and keep moving forward. With each struggle I have to continually tell myself to focus on God’s Power and Faithfulness to move forward.
What can we do to help us Watch in the Waiting?
The first thing I’ve trained myself to do is memorize a Scripture verse or Worship song and repeat it over and over in my mind until I can finally move forward.
If you don’t have a specific verse memorized right now to get you through the waiting, you are welcome to try two of mine. (I promise, it is never too late to memorize verses and songs.)
Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DON’T GIVE UP!”
Here are a few additional resources I recommend for encouragement and hope while you wait on the Lord!
Song: “While I’m Waiting”
Brand new book release: The Comeback by Louie Giglio
A Devotional book “RICH” in God’s truth: Waiting On God by Andrew Murray
Be encouraged as you seek the Lord. There is hope for those who wait on the Lord!
Isaiah 30:18 “blessed are all those who wait for him.”
The choice is up to you. Will you “Do Nothing” or “Watch for the Lord as you wait?”
Today is the day to renew your trust in God while you wait and continue to move forward in your faith.