November 29, 2017
How to Wait Powerfully Instead of Powerlessly
For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness (Galatians 5:5).
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My house has green water. Yes, it's true. We packed up our entire little family and moved what I’m sure is 1000 miles away, only to land in a home with fluorescent green hyper-chlorinated water. Go figure.
Not only that, but the garage is all torn up; I can hardly inch the car through the entrance. So much for a new home. I could go on and on ... (oh how I want to), but I won't.
Needless to say, we are moving. Far away. I hope.
The problem is that we searched for houses far and wide and found nothing. Places are too small or big, too pricey or high traffic, too dark or too dirty. Everything is wrong and time is of the essence, because (as you know) ... we have green water.
Where are you God? We can't wait forever.
Maybe you’re asking God the same kind of question. Maybe you’ve asked for a long time. Maybe He still hasn't answered.
God, do You care about me?
God, why are You doing this to me?
God, don't You want me to be … (healthy, happy, whole, filled, content, free?)
God, do You even hear me?
God, do You want good things for me?
The list goes on and on.
I've been there. I am there. It's hard to wait. It makes you feel like a victim of circumstances. Like your hands are tied behind your back and there's nothing you can do about it. It feels crippling. I think this is why we hate it.
What are you waiting for? What if you could wait powerfully instead of powerlessly? Where you’re full of God's power instead of power-less?
Did you know it is possible to do so?
The definition of waiting powerfully is to actively press into the power, purpose, and plans of God. It may seem as if you are void of answers, but the truth is that you are full of Him.
Here's how to wait powerfully:
She who asks God gets answers.
Wait pressing into God's teaching.
She who doesn't know learns that God does.
Wait in the presence of God.
She who stays with God remembers He is with her.
Wait on His grand purpose.
She who believes God is up to something good finds out He is.
Wait pondering His faithfulness.
She who remembers God's faithfulness is encouraged in it.
Choose now to trust God and wait on His perfect plan for your life. He is with you, and He will come through.
Dear Lord, You know everything. You have my right ways marked out. You have good plans for me. You care for me. Help me to trust You in all my ways and to delight in You. God, You will provide for me. Restore me in faith and renew me in Your steadfast love.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
What situation seems hopeless? Fruitless? Impossible?
How might believing the God of all power is behind you, change things? Change your attitude? Change your perspective?
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Originally published Wednesday, 29 November 2017.