God has moved in my life this year in an undeniable way. Around this time last year, He told me that my theme for 2013 would be “GO”, and I trusted that the Lord would lead me so that as I pursued His will with my heart fully committed, He would order my steps. I had no idea that this would mean a literal move for my life from the only home I’ve ever known (919/NC) to Jacksonville, Florida (a city I had never set eyes on before). But, He’s God, and when you put yourself in the center of His will, there’s no telling how He will deliver on the promises He’s made to you.
So, while I’m fully aware of how fast God can act, there are still some areas in my life where I am desperately waiting on God’s word and will to manifest. Yes, I’ve seen miracles, and yes, I’ve moved in His will, but that doesn’t mean there are situations that I’ve had in constant prayer that remain unresolved. As I sit and contemplate what God has already done, sometimes I get impatient and think to myself, “Lord, if you can do this (insert life-changing moment here) with no problem at all, what are You waiting for when it comes to (insert life-changing moment that has NOT yet happened here)?” I know it’s not the best, or even most mature, mindset to possess, but I still struggle with doubt as I wait on God to move, just like any other person of faith.
However, as a believer, my new-birth nature commands that I provide a specific treatment for my mind and spirit when I’m waiting on God to make something happen. So as I put myself in check, I’d like to share with you a few thoughts for the moments when waiting on God gets hard. Be encouraged, we all get there sometime…
- Make sure that what you’re asking for lines up with God’s will and word (James 4:3; John 14:13-14)
- Refuse to wallow in worry; deliver your fears to the Lord. (Matthew 6:33-34; 1 Peter 5:6-7)
- Recall how God has met you when you’ve sought Him before. (Jeremiah 29:11-13; Hebrews 11:6)
- Finally, trust that God knows what He’s doing, even if it doesn’t make sense to you. (Psalm 138:8; Romans 8:28-31)
Let’s all remember God’s promise in Isaiah 40:31,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.