Patience. The one thing that seems to elude me no matter how hard I try, no matter how I strive. I want what I want and I want it now. And thinking about it, I realize I’ve always been this way. I just never realized it.
This is especially hard when waiting on God. When I know He has something for me, but I just can’t have it yet. And when I have a desire I know God himself has laid on my heart, when I know that what I want more than anything is what He has called me to do, waiting is so hard. What exactly am I waiting on? I know His calling. What I don’t know is His timing. And, have mercy, is it hard to wait.
RIGHT NOW, THE ONE THING WE WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING IS ONLY POSSIBLE BY WAITING ON GOD AND HIS TIMING AND IT IS EXHAUSTING. But, we have asked Him for it. He has laid the desire for it on our hearts, and it is in line with His Word. So now what?
Now, I have to let go of what I want now and have faith that what HE has planned in HIS timing is better than what I could do if I did it myself NOW.
I started a new Bible Study this week. Ironically, it focuses on faith. What do I believe in God? Do my actions back up those beliefs or do they show that I actually believe something else about Him? What I’ve found is that I seem to have all the faith in the world as long as it fits in my little box and I can control it. But God doesn’t work that way. He is so much bigger than my control issues and my need to know everything that’s going on.
Let’s explore a little about who God is. If God is everything He says he is, how can we not have faith in Him and His plan (and His timing!)?
Psalm 48:14 says, “For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even until death.” TRANSLATION: God is never going to leave you. He will ALWAYS guide you.
Psalm 54:4-7 says, “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life. He will pay back evil to my enemies; in Your faithfulness Lord put an end to them. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.” TRANSLATION: God is your helper. God is with those who protect you. The name of the Lord is good. He is your deliverer.
Psalm 77:13-15 says, “Your way O God is in the sanctuary (in holiness away from sin and guilt). Who is a great God like our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples. You have with Your mighty arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah!” TRANSLATION: God is mighty and powerful. He has redeemed us.
1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “This is because the foolish thing that has its source in God is wiser than men, and the weak things that springs from God is stronger than men.” TRANSLATION: Foolishness in God is wiser than any wisdom we could have. Any weakness in God is stronger than our strengths.
Ladies, if God is all these things: always with us guiding us, our helper, our protector, our deliverer, mighty redeemer, wise and strong, if He is all these things, shouldn’t we trust Him and His timing and His plan more than ours? It’s so hard when we can’t see it. SO. HARD. But if we push through and have faith in Him until we see it manifest, it will be so much more wonderful than anything we could have done on our own.
Love to my loves,