For many of us waiting can be torturous. I am that kind of person. At times I find the process of waiting to be agonizing. When I feel God has spoken concerning the direction of my life, and once the message is crystal clear to me, I want nothing more than to have that direction come forth and become real in my life…and soon. For God to give me a direct demand—I know in my heart he has spoken and this is my heart’s desire–it makes me feel favored and blessed.
To remain or rest in expectation is what the dictionary describes as the meaning of the word wait. I believe the Biblical definition of waiting is: stay where God has placed you for the moment, be patient and at peace while you are in that place, do not move until he gives you a command, and only go where and how He commands. David put it perfectly when he stated, “rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him, fret not thy self because of him who prospers in his way.”
Moses said… “Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you.” David also agreed with him when he wrote, “wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” At this point in my life my aim is to please God. I do not want to be in a position where I find myself doubting that God would come through for me. So how do I exercise the habit of waiting patiently for Him? Paul stated in Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What these verses say is that I am to approach God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. When I do so, I will receive a supernatural peace from God that will help me to wait on God’s timing for the things I am asking for.
I believe with faith and a Godly attitude, I will be kept strong. In the book of Psalms, David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” At all times means in the good times as well as the tough times. The joy of the Lord is our source of strength and the enemy knows it. He knows that if he can get you down and discouraged, before long, you’ll be weak and feeble and he’ll be able to easily defeat you.
When you are full of joy and have a good attitude, you keep yourself strong. That positive attitude of faith paves the way for God to work miracles—it paved the way for God to turn my situation around!
I conclude with asking you to decide today to activate your faith, keep a Godly attitude, and above all be patient! Keep yourself full of His joy by meditating on the goodness and promises of God. Be full of the joy of the Lord! If you do these things I know you’ll soon experience supernatural strength for the tenure of the waiting. I leave you with this verse from Isaiah, “but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run, not be weary; and they shall walk, not faint.”
Submitted by: Angela Gathers