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Sunday, June 15, 2014
Waiting On The Lord
How do we WAITon the Lord? How do we stay strong, steadfast, and keep the
faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered?
In the beginning we pray
with strong faith, believing it is God’s will. We expect to see an answer and
faithfully watch for His hand to work. When things begin to happen, we grab-on
to the possibility that it is at this time and in this way Almighty God is
answering with a resounding YES! Excitement
builds as we anticipate life finally going our way. But a gnawing inside says,
“Be careful, maybe you’re reading too much into the situation.” Immediately you stuff that thought and chalk
it up to a lack of faith. After all, “nothing
is impossible with God,” and “He is
able” to answer this prayer. It’s not a selfish prayer or something
contrary to God’s word. No, it’s a good prayer, a need, and God’s word says He
supplies our needs, so why the concern?
Soon, the opportunity begins to fizzle. The reality of
God answering, “No or not now” sinks in and we feel as though we’ve just crested
the high hill of a roller coaster and we’re plummeting out of control to the
It’s in these moments we
The temptation is to
charge God with wrong. But in all his trials, Job didn’t, so should we respond
with less character than Job? Certainly not!
With a fresh shot of
resolve, we breathe deeply and begin that slow climb up the next hill.
No matter how much fun
the roller coaster is at the amusement park, it’s no fun as a way of life. So, how
do we wait, stay strong, steadfast, keep the faith, and get off this roller
Understanding God Is
sovereign, all-powerful, all knowing, and everywhere present, helps.
Because He is God and we
are not, His thoughts and ways are far above ours, as the heavens are above the
earth. Neither the army of heaven nor the people of earth can stay God’s hand. (Isaiah
55:8-11; Daniel 4:35)
However, we must not
confuse God’s justice and power with being unconcerned or harsh. Almighty God
is neither. He is a loving and kind Father (John 3:16), He has a plan for our
lives (Jeremiah 29:11-13) and works all things out for our good (Rom.8:28). We on
the other hand must be His obedient children, accept His sovereignty, His
perfect timing, and quit throwing temper tantrums (speaking more to myself).
Jesus said in John 10:10
“I have come that they may have life and
that they may have it more abundantly.” We often mistake abundant life
to mean fortune and fame. But, abundant life isn’t any of these, it is as Paul
described in Philippians 4:11-13, “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
I know how to be abased, and I know how
to abound. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Hebrews 13:5 tells us
why we should “…becontent with such things as you
have. For [Christ] has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
If we truly believe
Christ never leaves or forsakes us, then why is it so hard to wait?
Because, this type of abundant life
only comes from letting go and surrendering all to God’s control,
believing, trusting His timing and plan, and above all, thanking Him for what
He has already supplied. By this, we
“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things
[that are the will of God] shall be added
unto you.”(Matthew 6:33).
I’ve decided it’s time
to get off the roller coaster and truly WAIT on the Lord.
How about you?