A powerful motivation for believing God in our present state is intentionally remembering how he’s worked in our past.
Have you ever wondered what you should be doing with your time while you are waiting on God for an answer? Many of us may believe that we are not doing life right, or that things are going wrong in our lives, when we have absolutely no control of the season we are about to navigate.
Life often takes a twist, or makes a turn that is frightening or confusing, painful or debilitating. Difficult challenges, upset feelings, moments of confusion are just a part of life’s process. Perhaps these things are here to keep us alert, to make us stronger, or to test our resolve to keep moving forward. I call this the “waiting” period. Perhaps they are not a sign that we are wrong, that we are failing or that our life is about to fall apart. The only way we can know for sure is to be willing to walk through every part of the process. The good, the bad and the not so good. Perhaps if we stopped trying to figure out the process of life, this would proceed exactly as it should. I’ve learned I have no control what happens in specific circumstances. They are “out of my reach” to do anything about it but to accept the circumstances, pray for God’s Will and trust in Him.
But we glory in our sufferings, because we know suffering produces perseverance, character and hope. Romans: 5:3
Whatever the situation, circumstances, predicament or challenges you face at this very moment, you have earned the divine right to go through what you are going through based on the way you got through, got over, went around or handled a similar season. You learned something then that you can surely use now. Think about it! You have already demonstrated your ability to get up. You have made it clear that you can handle the rough times and hard stuff as you navigated through tight places. Sharing your story may be someone else’s survival guide. The process of life is ever unfolding, guiding us, pushing us, in preparation of what’s to come.
I open my heart and mind to be aware. . . I must believe that whatever it is, I can handle it.
There’s been so much “waiting” in my life the last couple years that a “time out” would be very welcoming. We are so busy during this season of waiting, that we are doing everything humanly possible to keep our head above water not to drown in sorrow and fear. Waiting requires we have patience, lots of patience, which I don’t have. With our faith and mental ability to remember that once the wheels start turning and movement has begun, the destination will surely be reached ~ eventually. What happened to immediate gratification? Lord knows He is still working with me on patience. We are tested… God is always trying to see just how much we will take and how much we can do, under as many circumstances as possible. Does this sound familiar?
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isiah 40:31
If you are waiting on God today, let’s learn from David what we can be doing while we are waiting.
In Psalm 101, Verse 1 David said, “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.” What consumes your heart while waiting on God? In Verse 2, David said, “I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me?”
While waiting on God, David is “careful” to lead a blameless life. It takes intention and choice. While waiting for God for an answer, David chooses to intentionally develop a blameless life. Experience teaches us that our faith is paying off. Once we’ve survived what seemed an endless waiting period, we become more faithful. The difference between faith and experience is this: One you must work on. The other works on you.
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:17
I not only love God and trust Him, I love trusting him. God is not a part of my life; He is my life! It is a constant reminder of a perpetual miracle in my own life. Until today, you may not have realized that your faith and experiences work hand in hand. Just for today, use your faith to create better experiences. Use your experience to activate a deeper sense of faith.
Love In Christ,