Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Waiting on the Lord is hard…let’s not sugar-coat it, it’s feels like it’s impossible at times. The cares of this life: money, time, health, sanity, expectations, etc, etc… are things we deal with on a daily basis. “These things are pressing me on all sides, and you tell me to wait?!”
Yes, wait. Waiting need patience, patience needs trust, trust needs faith – and faith, like everything else, is a choice.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Waiting on the Lord is a concept that, especially today, is not one that is embraced. I once thought so many times, how can I wait and trust someone I can’t see? Then I told myself, “It’s a choice, either you choose to believe or you don’t”.
In a wonderful book called, “God Calling”, there is an incerp that says, “Use this waiting time to cement the friendship with Me, and to increase your knowledge of Me.” That’s what I did; I made a point to read a chapter a day of the bible. That’s how you start, a little at a time. Then you want to spend more time in the word and more time praying and more time just sitting in silence before Jesus. Then you start to realize all the circumstances you worried and agonized over don’t seems so urgent. The problems are still there, yes, but they way you think about them and the amount of importance you give them is different. I am speaking from fresh experience. My problems back in October – being without work, money, career, future, things not working out they way I had thought they should, seeing no direction, lost for answers – all of that still remains; and is now, more intense.
But the difference is this:
no employment – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
money – So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:31-33
career – He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:3 The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
future – So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34
unexpected events – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
no direction – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
answers – So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
So wait. Wait and trust in the Lord. It’s difficult at first – like jumping off a high rock to the water below or bungee jumping. But once you decide to leap, the exhilaration cannot be compared.
In closing, I want to share a verse that has and still helps me through many hard times that life affords us, and it’s this:
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5