God is worth the wait.
Have you ever felt like God is ignoring you? Like he’s abandoned you, even when he’s promised he would never do that? You’re not the only one, and I’m not just referring to myself. People from the Bible times felt this way too…yep, just like you and me. Even our savior Jesus! Just a little before his death he cried out to God, “ Why have you forsaken me? ” Our own Jesus felt as though God had left him, and he admitted it. More than once, David too felt as though God was ignoring him. Yet there was something all these people who felt abandoned by God had in common; they made a choice to still trust in God. Regardless of what they felt, or in this case, didn’t feel. We can be real with God people, he can handle it. One thing is for sure, he can take honesty, in fact he demands it. Being real with God is the only way he can deal with us. We may be able to fool others with the whole “fake it till you make it” act, but we can’t fool our creator. I want you know something, you don’t need to pretend that you feel God is right there with you. You can very much admit that you don’t feel him. You can admit that you don’t think he’s drawing near to you, even though you are drawing near to him.
Though the reality of life may be how you feel, the reality of God is that he stands beside us, and will never ever, times infinity, leave us. Though our hearts try to tell us how to feel, God tells us not to trust our heart for it is deceitful, (Jeremiah 17:9, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?…) It may be tempting, almost natural really, to give in to what we feel our heart tells us to do or say. After all, this world wants to teach us to “Follow our hearts” at whatever the cost. I like to think of our hearts as the little red conscience voice on one shoulder, and our souls/spirit as the little blue conscience on the other…let’s just call it what it is, the little angel and devil voices. When we’ve been reborn, our spirit is always fighting against the flesh for good to overcome. Which one do you listen to?
God knows the desires we have, and he is willing to give them to us. Many people like to quote this verse, but only part of it. Then they think it’s ok to get mad at God for not giving them what they wanted. Or dare I say worse, they go after the wrong things they want themselves, they get it, and then they thank God for that which is not from him. See, the word of God clearly tells us that he will give us our heart’s desires, when we take delight in the Lord, (Psalms 37:4, Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.) When we love to make him happy, our desires will be aligned with his and therefore they will be good desires, worthy desires and Holy desires. Desires that please only ourselves are not desires that God will give to us. I’m not saying that he won’t give us anything that makes us happy, of course he wants us to be happy! But as his children, if our desires offend him and don’t seek to first glorify God, then those desires are not good. Remember he is the Holy one, and nothing unholy can be found in him, we’re either living for him or we’re not. Sometimes we chase after our own desires that are not in God’s plan for us. We need to be sure that our wants are in line with his will for us. How can we know this? Psalms 37:5- Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you.
Ephesians 6:7-Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. & Colossians 3:23-Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. tell us to do our work as though we were working for him. So the question is, does what we want show Christ through it? If not, we are probably wanting something out of his will for us. When we truly delight in God, we aim to do whatever pleases him. That is what Love is, and Jesus is love. He is not a bunch of rules. There are things that make him unhappy, and a true child of God will avoid these things because he’s so good to us that we want to please him, not have to please him. Even in a waiting season, when he seems to be gone, we are to please him by trusting in him.
Waiting for God to respond, to give us a sign of some sort, or a direction in which to take, can make us very desperate. Sometimes to a point in our lives that our faith is tested to make it or break it. It’s very easy to get blindsided when we are in the midst of a large storm trying to reach out to God, and like Peter, when focused on the storm, we begin to sink. Have faith. Take courage. That is what God tells us during the storm. As I was examining myself, I was questioning why it’s so hard to wait on God for a rescue during a storm. If I truly believe he will rescue me and that I am in his hands, why is the waiting hard? It came to me like an epiphany, the voice of God, see I never really needed to believe this much in God before. I have prayed for things and had faith that’d be answered, and they were. I believed a normal hard amount, but the truth is, faith is hardly normal, it is supernatural. But when Jesus calls you to walk on the water, like Peter, at first although it’s crazy scary, it’s also exciting. I mean if it were me, I’d be like “ WHAAAT? I get to walk on this water!? Oh snap!” and then suddenly, walking on top of it becomes too real, add a storm and well…the fear kicks in. I’d look up to see that Jesus seems to be standing farther away than it seemed like when I first stepped out of the boat. Then the thoughts, caused by the fear in the deceitful heart, would say “ This is water! I can’t walk on this. This is water, not solid ground! (Hello? God is our solid ground.) People don’t just walk on top of water.” That may translate to something in the likes of… “ I have bills due, and no money. This is real life Jesus. I don’t have time to wait on you to see if you will provide. I’m gonna do it my way!”
Here’s a true, nice, and very convicting story I’d like to share with you.
A New England preacher by the name of Phillips Brooks was pacing like a caged lion back and forth. Now Phillips was a man known to be calm and patient, so when a friend noticed him, he asked Phillips what the trouble was. Phillips responded with a very true statement, “ The trouble is I’m in a hurry, but God is not.”
We say we don’t have time to be still and wait on God. Really, we just want to take the time we think we have to do all the things we want to do. Is God not capable of taking care of us? What would happen if we really let go of our need to control things in our lives, and let Jesus make the moves. I believe great things happen because I’ve seen the hand of God in my life and my family. What about you? Do you believe great things would happen in your life or will happen? It’s one thing to believe, and another to act on a belief. If we finally let go of our grip on the world, if we stop believing what the world says about how the world works, and trust in the creator of he who is bigger, than he who is in the world, great things can be accomplished for his kingdoms cause.
With this right mentality, waiting does not seem bad at all. I’d like to see his hand at work in my life as I step back and let him lead. It is in our being still that God makes moves in our lives. So be still oh heart, and watch God go before you today, tomorrow, the day after that, and the day after that, and forever more. Wait on God. The season will be over. This storm shall too pass. Wait for him. He will come to us like the rain. When things seem to be going downhill, just remember that the uphill is actually the hardest climb. God is taking you up! Even when Paul thought he was out of options, that no more doors would open for him from God, when he thought he would die, crazy ol’ Paul trusted in God even more than before! He knew that even when he were to die, God has the power to raise him from that death! 2 Corinthians 1:9 says, In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. The goal after all is to be with our Lord in heaven, so if we’re not willing to die for him, how can we say we’re living for him?
In this seemingly never ending silence from God, he is preparing great and big things for your life. Don’t give up, keep holding on to his promises. Don’t let a bad season be the reason you walk away from him. He is worth it, he is worth everything. He is our salvation here on earth and yet to come. Heaven is worth so much more than what this world can ever offer. It may get rough for a while, but remember all the suffering Jesus went through to save us? We will go through storms here, but we have a hope in Jesus. Read his word, worship him with songs, and let your lips praise him. Tell him what you need, remember all he has already done for you and thank him. He will rescue you. Trust in God’s process for your life. Worrying can’t do or change anything. Let his word renew your thoughts on whatever your situation is, and be transformed into his liking. Day by day, choose Jesus all over again.
Pray with me,
I can wait around all day for you Jesus! Just teach me how. I know I get in the way at times, and I recognize that I don’t know how to lead. So speak to my heart when I’m hogging my life wheel, and I’ll put my hands up to let you lead. I want to follow you, I want what’s best for me, and you’re the only one who knows what that is. You planned my days long before I was born, I am made to glorify you. In your name Jesus, your will be done in me, Amen.
- Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT)
- Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)
- Ephesians 6:7 (NLT)
- Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 1:9 (NLT)
Some of David’s cries to God when he felt abandoned can be found here.
Psalm 13, Psalm 22:1, Psalm 42:9, Psalm 43:2.