Hello Readers & Followers,
Thank God It's Friday!
In the last 2 weeks, I have been writing on waiting on God. Please, click the following links to read the last 2 articles:
Waiting for the Fulfilment of God's Promises
God's Promises for You Shall Come to Pass
A waiting period could mean different things to different people. Some people are waiting on God for a new job, for a promotion, for instructions on the next step to take, some are waiting on God for healing, some are waiting on God to answer a particular prayer that they have been praying over and over again. Some people are waiting to marry, and some are waiting to have their own children. A waiting period could be one month, 2 months, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, and many more.
How do you wait on God to meet a need that you have been praying about? How do you wait on God when deep down in your heart you would like the promise to come through right now?
The truth is every Christian has experienced a time in their life when they had to wait on God for a prayer to be answered or for God's promises to come to pass in their lives. This is a reminder for you to know that every Christian will experience a waiting period. Waiting on God is one of the things that test our faith in God as not many of us like waiting as our natural human response is to do things at our preferred time and to be in control of things.
What are you waiting on God for? How are you waiting on God? Are you waiting with the hope that God will answer you soon? Are you waiting in fear? Are you waiting with bitterness in your heart? Are you discouraged? Are you doubting?
I'd like to remind you that God wants the best for you and it is His desire to meet all your needs from His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19).
There are many examples of people in the Bible that had to wait many years before they saw the fulfilment of God's promises in their lives. Look at what the Bible says about Abraham in the Book of Romans 4:19-21 (NLT version):
"And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this, he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises."
5 Things To Consider When You Are Waiting On God
1) Your waiting time is not wasted time. Your waiting time serves a purpose in God's agenda for your life. In the process of waiting on God, you will learn to trust in God's Word. You will learn to acknowledge that God knows best and He is in control.
2) Your waiting time is an opportunity for your endurance to grow, and your endurance, in turn, will develop your character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope in God (Romans 5:3-4 & James 1:2-3).
3) Your waiting time is an opportunity for you to spend time with God so that you can build up your faith. You can spend time with God through singing, talking with Him, meditating on the Word of God, prayer journalling, Bible Study journalling, playing musical instruments, praying in tongues, declaring the promises of God on a daily basis, and many more. The more you spend time with God, the more your faith will grow as you get to know Him better and understand His ways (Romans 10:17).
4) Remember, you are not alone, God is with you and He will never leave you. God will never fail you and He will never abandon you (Hebrews 13:5). Keep holding on to God's Word.
5) When your current situation does not match God's promises for your life, you can trust God is working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). He is faithful to come through. God is never late, He is always on time!
As I was concluding this write-up, my 4-year-old daughter asked me to teach her what it means to wait on God. I explained what it means to wait for her turn at the supermarket, amongst many other things. After my explanation, I asked her to describe her feeling whenever she is waiting for us to pick her up from school. My daughter explained that she is always excited as she knows that we will definitely pick her up from school. My daughter's description showed the state of her heart towards waiting to be picked up from school. I'd like to ask you, what is the state of your heart as you are waiting on God?
I love hearing from you in the comment section. Please take a minute to say ‘hello’ by leaving a comment and please let me know which of the points above resonate with you the most.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you as you wait on God.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you build the right attitude as you wait on God.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live a life that is free of bitterness, worry, doubt, anger and envy as you wait on God.
To expand your learning further, I would like you to engage in the following:
1) Click here to listen to a sermon on overcoming anxiety when waiting on the Lord.
2) Click here to read different scriptures on waiting on the Lord.
Have a lovely weekend!
Yours in Christ,
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This is a very enlightening and encouraging write up. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you found the writeup encouraging and enlightening.Delete
Beautiful post!! I am trusting in God's promises this year and this was sweet encouragement this morning!!! ❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you for reading, Fresh Grace For Today. Glad to know that you found this post encouraging. Keep trusting in God's promises; He will show up for you.Delete
God's timing is always perfect. We just need to trust that He is working it all out.ReplyDelete
Indeed! We just need to keep trusting that God is working it all out. Thank you for your comment, Felicia.Delete
I love your daughter's confidence and outlook - she is excited because she KNOWS that you will DEFINITELY pick her up from school. Oh, if we could only share that same excitement as we wait on God, being fully convinced that He will show up as He always does. Thanks for the encouragement.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! Thank you Carlie for highlighting these words "KNOWS and DEFINITELY" used by my daughter. I didn't realise how powerful they were when I was writing this post.Delete
My takeaway from your comment "Being fully convinced that He will show up as He always does."
Thank you for your comment, Carlie.
Love this encouraging post! I needed to hear this in my own waiting period. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your lovely comment, Ontheway.Delete
I love this teaching and it was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your lovely comment, Patti.Delete
I love the story about your daughter. It's the child kind of faith Christ wants from all Christians. Thank you for this lovely post.ReplyDelete
Thank you Theresa for your comment. That's right, it's the Childlike faith that God requires from all Christians (Matthew 18:3 & Luke 18:18); for us to let go of fear and live to trust in God's goodness, provision, protection, power, and many more.Delete
I love how you ask what is the state of your heart as you wait on God… such a powerful thing to consider!ReplyDelete
Thank you Shanna for your comment. Indeed! We should regularly take time to consider the state of our hearts as we wait on God and in whatever we are doing.Delete