Waiting. No one likes to wait. At least, I don’t like to wait. But, sometimes, friend, we just have to do it. Like it or not. Have you ever been waiting for so long for that one thing that you begin to wonder if God is even working on your behalf?
Confession time: I have.
Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of Christine Hoover’s book launch for Searching for Spring. (You can find more details about Christine here and you can pre-order her book here. Just a heads up, if you pre-order, you get all kinds of extra goodies, too!) You’ll most likely hear me talk about this book a lot over the next few weeks. I ain’t even apologizing for it either, friend. I’ll be honest, I’m still in the middle of reading her book and I wanted to have it all read before I shared it with you. But, some things are just too good not to share.
This time, I couldn’t wait. 😉
God works for the good of those that love him
The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. And scripture also tells us in 1 John 5:14-15, that if we ask anything according to God’s will, we can be confident that he hears us.
There is a line in Christine’s book that says, “even when God is silent, he is still working.”
Show of hands. How many of us have heard that before?
My hand is high in the air.
Keep your hand up if you’ve ever had trouble hanging on to that truth.
Again, my hand is still high in the air. (I told you this was confession time.)
No one likes to wait
Friend, have you ever been in a place where you’ve had to wait for God’s timing? Maybe you’ve had to wait for a door to open or an opportunity to spring up? And no matter what you did to speed up the process, you still had to wait?
Let’s be honest: waiting is hard.
Sometimes, waiting for the Lord to work takes a while. Days. Months. Years, even.
You see, friend, the enemy of our soul knows we’re impatient and terribly flawed creatures. And in those long moments of waiting, that’s when the adversary likes to creep up and whisper lies in our ears.
God isn’t listening.
He isn’t working on your behalf.
God has forgotten you.
Lies, friend. All of those statements are lies. And if we’re not careful, those lies can easily push us into a pit of despair. Or worse, we’ll decide to take matters into our own hands and yank control back from God.
Stand on the promises
Maybe you’re in a situation and you thought you had your answer. But, God said “no” and you have to wait some more.
Or maybe you were given a promise directly from God himself, but it’s been a while and you’re struggling to hold on to his word.God is lining up his perfect will for you just like he promised he would. His plan is always perfect. Click To Tweet
Friend, God does not lie. He is listening to your prayers. He will answer them. And you can be sure he is working on your behalf.
You have not been forgotten.
Like Christine said, “even when God is silent, he is still working.”
You might not see the work God is doing in the background. It wasn’t meant for us to see. And truthfully, friend, if we did see all the background work, it’d be likely we’d be ever more confused than if we didn’t see it.
But, rest assured, friend. God is lining up his perfect will for you just like he promised you he would. His plan is always perfect. And His plan is far greater than you could have ever imagined.
Just hold on a little longer.