Hope you’re all having a great, prosperous and blessed 2016!
So today I’ll be discussing about WAITING! I for one can tell you that I ABSOLUTELY do not enjoy waiting, I like things to come quick, in fact pretty much immediately! One thing I’ve noticed in life with regards to waiting seasons, is that it’s completely different from waiting in a queue. When standing in a queue you can see the end of the line, you can count how many people are in front of you before you reach the cashier. But when waiting upon God for a blessing you don’t know how the blessing will come through, and when it will happen. It could happen tomorrow, next week, in 6 months’ time, or you could even be waiting for 10 years. But one thing I want you to know is that God is faithful! Just rely and depend upon the fact that what God says, HAS to come to pass whether the devil likes it or not. God’s word can never return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11)! So when God promises you something, there is NOTHING any human being, or demon can do about it (Numbers 23:19)! They cannot stop God from working in YOUR life.
Firstly I’d like to encourage you that when waiting upon God you should do so patiently (Psalm 37:7). God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) for you and He’ll give you all the strength you need!
When waiting I want you to know that, you are not the only one on this planet who has had to wait upon God. Joseph waited 13 years before God placed him in a position of leadership in Egypt. Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness before leading the Israelites out of Egypt! Jesus Himself waited 30 years before starting His public ministry. I’m sure Jesus could have started preaching as soon as He came out of His mother’s womb, but I believe God is trying to show us that sometimes we need to wait!
During waiting periods you are able to improve your character, and your faith has the opportunity to grow. Endurance enables us to develop characteristics which will help us better handle the blessing/promises which God has assured us (Romans 5:3-4)! God requires us to wait at times (not always), because He knows that if He was to bless us immediately, we will not be able to handle our blessing appropriately. I’m sure that no stable parent would give their baby a knife. But when that child grows and is of age, you would probably feel confident with allowing them to use a knife to cut up some vegetables.
Waiting upon God doesn’t involve us doing things in our own strength, because when we do, we usually mess things up. For example when Sarah leaned on her own understanding, and gave her slave Hagar to Abraham as a wife. This was so that Hagar could have a baby for Abraham and Sarah! And even till today, we can still see the effects of this fleshly decision. The Jews and Arabs are at constant war with each other. But we thank God because He is merciful and gracious, He provided a way for Ishmael and Hagar, He cared for them in the wilderness! If you read up on the story of Abraham and Sarah, you will find that they waited 25 years for their promise child.
My last point is that sometimes God says NO. Check it, it’s there in the bible!! Sometimes we ask for things which will cause us harm, or things which will be a hindrance in our lives! I’m sure some of you may have heard the passage about Jesus casting out a legion of demons, from one man into some pigs (Luke 8:26-39)! Well this same man now delivered, asked to follow Jesus and His disciples! And guess what! Jesus said…No (Luke 8:39)! Now if he had followed Jesus, he wouldn’t have been able to preach the good news of Christ’s power all over town. He was like one of the first evangelists! We have to realise that Gods plans for our lives, are farrr better than our own. Gods plans for us are far beyond what our minds can conceive or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Possibly if the man had followed Jesus he wouldn’t have been able to minister to people.
So my last note of encouragement to you today is, keep on trusting in God! He has a great plan for you, WAY BETTER than your own! So wait patiently upon God!
Take care people, enjoy your week!
Love from the godly lady!