Probably one of the most difficult things for us to do in our impatient, fast-paced society is to wait on anything, yet God calls us to wait. Our instant world has lost the art of waiting. Waiting in long lines or short, waiting for the microwave to heat up a roll (10 seconds tops) can seem like an eternity when you are in a hurry. So, what have we gained by stressing over the wait?
Nothing more than sleepless nights, and discontentment.
The key to waiting is trusting. If you trust God then you will find peace during your waiting time. Do you even realize how much the Lord wants to give you good gifts? These gifts may not be material possessions, but the gifts that the Lord gives, will last for eternity.
Don’t waste an excessive amount of energy worrying about how a situation will turn out; use that energy praising God and thanking him for being in control of the situation. Every time that you praise, you get the victory. Every time that you worship instead of worry, you are declaring that God is able to take care of you; every time that you speak positively instead of making your problems bigger than God, you move one step closer to deliverance. I can imagine the devil feeling frustrated when he can’t win the battles against us, because our feet are firmly planted in God’s word. We have determined in our heart to serve the Lord with every fiber of our being, so we win, no matter what the devil may try to throw at us: our past, fear of the unknown, fear of the future, doubt, sorrow, or sickness.
To what extent you exercise your faith, will determine your peace of mind and ultimately your joy in serving a God who cares.
The Lord does not allow situations into your life that will not strengthen you. You will have the victory and be better prepared to win this race; and while he doesn’t always keep us from bad, he promises that he will never leave us or forsake us as we “fight the good fight of faith.”
This week’s Lattereign lets us know what the Lord says about abiding in him. Abide