Today I was looking back through my prayer journal and am SO thankful to be able to write PRAISE next to something we have been praying about for a long time! My oldest sister, Tammie, has several debilitating health issues and is always in a lot of pain, making it really challenging for her to drive and work. We have been praying for her disability to be approved years, and it was FINALLY approved this past week! Praise the Lord!! What a blessing an awesome testimony for her.
Obviously she had no choice but to wait…but it got me thinking. What are we doing WHILE we are waiting??
I feel like there are so many people WAITING on something right now.
Maybe it’s a new job. Direction. A ring. A spouse. A baby. An adoption. A house. Healing. A restored relationship. An answer.
I know so many people who have been praying and praying for SOMETHING to happen in their life, and in those moments of waiting, it seems normal to ask “Where is God? Does He even hear me? Does He really care?”
I wrote a post a while back about waiting on the Lord…but let’s be honest, it is so much easier said than done.
Here’s what I’m learning. We claim we trust God….and most of us think we trust God. But when it comes down to it, do we REALLY trust Him??
We trust God with our eternity, but it’s so much tougher to trust Him with our NOW. We live in a generation where we like quick fixes, and we expect our prayers to be answered in the same way. Quickly. Preferably in our own time, and in the way we want. We are not content with anything else.
We assume when God doesn’t answer us immediately that He doesn’t hear us; that He isn’t working in our life; that He doesn’t love us; that we have done something wrong and are being punished. It seems like He is blessing everyone else BUT us….and we begin focusing on and comparing our journey with others’. That is NOT at all what God intends.
Your journey is your own, and God has you EXACTLY where He wants you, and for a reason. Our goal as believers should be to continue to seek Him, draw closer to Him, TRUST Him, and have faith in His works….which includes (as difficult as it may be) accepting HIS TIMING.
God is ALWAYS at work. And God is LOVE. He always has your best interest at heart. He wants the VERY best for you, and that includes HIS perfect timing. We forget that we can only see right now, but God sees big picture. Sometimes He is busy working other things out so He can bless us above and beyond all we have asked or imagined (Ephesians 3:20). Sometimes he is trying to help us to grow closer to Him….to learn to trust HIM alone, lean ONLY on Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), and develop our faith. When we try to rush things and make things happen in our own timing, we can end up causing ourselves a lot of heartache and pain. I know I have seen this time and time again…particularly when people rush into marriage. We tend to always be thinking of the next step, and sometimes God just wants us to BE STILL. To listen. To let Him finish a work.
Looking back now, I can see that every time the Lord has had me WAIT on something, He was trying to teach me. To help me grow. To increase my faith. To allow me to encourage others who are going through something similar. To cause me to focus more on Him. To spend more time in His Word and in prayer. To get my attention in some way.
I read a story once (and I can’t remember it EXACTLY, but I know it goes something like this) about a lady who was married to an unbeliever. She went to church (without him) EVERY week… and she prayed for him to come to know the Lord every single day. She told God she didn’t care if it took years, that she would keep praying for Him and she trusted Him to do a work. After ten years of faithfully attending church solo & praying for her husband without seeing any fruits of change, she was discouraged and began to think the Lord wasn’t hearing her prayer. She was tempted to give up. After hearing an encouraging message one Sunday, she decided to continue praying for him. When she went home that Sunday, her husband confessed to her he was ready to accept Christ as his savior. After ten years of faithful praying, her prayer was answered. Now….imagine if she had chosen to give up. She may not have been able to spend eternity with her husband.
So here’s my challenge. If you are in a season of waiting, do not give up. Try not to question God’s timing. Rather, ask Him what He is trying to show you during your waiting. What is it He is wanting to do in your life, right now?? Dig in to the Word, spend more time with Him in prayer, and find comfort and peace in Scriptures that speak to you. And definitely do NOT make a move until you hear clearly from the Lord. So many times we try to rush things and make them happen in our own timing, and like I said, when we do things out of God’s will, that usually results in chaos and heartache.
And of course, remember….
There is SO much freedom in trusting God’s PERFECT timing. And it’s such an incredible blessing to look back and see He was really in control all along, working everything out perfectly, to bless you abundantly.
Some TRUTHS for us to resolve in our hearts & minds:
· I will always have unfulfilled longings this side of Heaven. (Romans 8:23, 25; Ephesians 3:11; Hebrews 11:13-16)
· The deepest longings of my heart cannot be filled by any created person or thing. (Psalm 16:11; 73:25)
· God is enough. If I have Him, I have all I need. (Psalm 23:1, 73:23-26, Colossians 1:9-10)
· God’s love for me is infinite and unconditional. (John 15:13, Romans 5:8, 8:32, 38-39, Ephesians 3:14-19, 1 John 4:7-10)
· I don’t have to perform to earn God’s love or favor. (Ephesians 1:4-6)
· God ALWAYS has my best intentions at heart. (Psalm 21)
· God is good, and everything He does is good. (Psalm 31:19, 34:8, 100:5, 106:1, 119:68, 136:1, Ephesians 1:3-14)
· God never makes mistakes. (Isaiah 46:10, Romans 8:28-39)