Have you been praying for a breakthrough for quite sometime, but you seem to be stuck? Is there something in your life that you desperately want to change? You want your marriage healed, a new job, a child, financial relief, peace, joy, forgiveness… but God just seems to be silent or absent. If we are honest, I think we have all felt anxious while waiting on God, but when God promises to do something, He will do it. Think of Abraham, he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of God’s promise to give him a son! (Read Romans 4:18-21)
If we were Abraham, I wonder how many of us would have really believed God and lived in expectation for twenty-five years? I would be willing to bet that many of us might have questioned God, questioned His timing, questioned His promise, and questioned His will… we may
have even felt that He wasn’t there. These times of question, of doubt and impatience are exactly when we get ourselves into trouble.
When we are impatient, we often take matters into our own hands.
I am guilty of rushing things. I get “bright ideas” and make plans of my own! And more often than not these plans open the door for confusion and chaos. I can honestly think of more than a hundred examples of my impatience leading me down the wrong path. A path that has consequences and struggles which inevitably delayed God’s miracles and deliverance.
Yet despite the adversity of our circumstances (and some people have absolutely terrible situations) God honors His promises and He promises good. Sometimes getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us. It’s in the trials that our faith is matured. (Read James 1:2-5)
We can rest knowing that whatever the Lord chooses for us is good; in fact, His will is not just better, it is perfect! I would much rather be in His hands, wouldn’t you?
Let us remain patient and continue to believe in God’s promises with our whole heart. Stop doing things our way and truly lean on His character. If we trust God with only part of our hearts, we don’t really trust Him at all. Check in your heart… are there feelings of doubt and impatience versus trust and faith. Remember that these negative feelings come from the devil. He will accuse, offend, confuse and worry you, but he has come to steal, kill, and destroy. He will do everything he can to steer us off course and out of God’s will. Hold fast, keep the faith, and wait expectantly God will fulfill His promises.
But they that waitupontheLord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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