Waiting is Not Wasting
- 2018 Oct 22
This article first appeared on www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org.
Are you waiting on God to move in your life on something? If so, what is it? Are you waiting for that new job, to buy or build that new home? Maybe you're waiting for your children to act right or do well or waiting for your marriage to change for the better?
How about waiting on the right godly husband? Furthermore, are you waiting on everything to come together for that new vision, ministry or business? The truth is, most of us are waiting on something. And sometimes it can be hard. But even though it can be hard, I believe that's when we have to come to grips with the biblical reality that nothing is too hard for God.
He is faithful and He is at work.
So let Him work, sis. Let Him prepare His best for you and those you love. Let Him work out your life's circumstances. He’s a pretty Big God.
And trust me. I know when we don’t see things moving right away or the way that we'd like, we can sometimes feel like we're just wasting our time. Maybe even thinking, "Nothing is working. It’s just not happening for me." However, I’ve learned over the years to continue to trust God - even when I feel or begin thinking that way. It's like I have to take a new grip and take Him at His written word. That's when I have to believe that my waiting is not wasted. He's just working things out to match His perfect plan.
With that being said, I want to encourage you to continue praying while you wait. Don't get bitter while you wait. Grow personally while you wait. Train while you wait. Let God mature you and others around you while you wait. Prepare yourself while you wait. Love others while you wait. Most importantly, believe God no matter how long you have to wait.
I don’t know your situation or what you’re waiting on or for, sis. But I do know that I’ve been there before - many times. I’ve wanted to build that new home, move to another city, marry the right godly guy, change jobs, and wait for God to move with my children on some things. So I totally understand what it feels like to wait. But I’ll tell you this, my sister. They ALL happened, but in God’s perfect timing and according to His plan and will – not my own.
My waiting wasn’t wasted.
My prayers were answered…God’s way. BUT let me share something else with you. I don’t always get what I want. Trust me on that! So I'm not the spoiled child or Daddy's favorite (remember He has no favorites). ;-)
Factually, I’ve prayed for many things and for many situations in my lifetime, and God didn’t answer right when I wanted Him to or how I wanted Him to…but He still answered. He just answered in His own way. Sometimes it was no or we'll see. Just like our parents did with most of us or we do to our own children. And guess what, sis? It still worked out fine in the end.
I believe we have to get to a point that if God doesn’t answer the way we want Him to, it’s okay. If things don't go as we planned, it's okay, too. If we have to wait longer than we want to, it's okay. And granted, being okay doesn't typically make things easy. It just makes things more digestible.
With that being said, I want to share with you a few Scriptures that I’d like you to hold onto while you wait on God…
Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”
Psalm 84:11-12, “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.”
1 Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58, “So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.”
James 1:12, “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life that God has promised to those who love him.”
Micah 7:7, “But I will watch for the Lord; I will wait confidently for God, who will save me. My God will hear me.”
Psalm 130:5-6, “I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help, and in his word I trust. I wait for the Lord more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, “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.”
I pray that these verses comfort and encourage you while you wait, my sister. Rest in God’s peace. Rest in knowing that He has heard your prayer and your heart’s cry. Rest in knowing that He knows that waiting is not easy. But trust in the fact that while you wait, He is working out every detail. Nothing is being wasted, because He's got a plan for it all. Trust Him.
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!
QUESTION: Are you waiting on God for something, sis? If so, what is it? Need prayer? Feel free to email me directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and praying for you!
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