For the past number of days, the devotional Jason and I read, has had to do with doing what God has told you. They have been really great reminders, but I have been a bit frustrated with them because I have no idea what God is telling us to do. What if you want to do God's will, but you are just waiting? I'll do it God, but I don't know what it is! One day it even left me in a bit of a panic because what if it's me? What if I am the problem? What if I'm not listening? Maybe I'm not reading the Bible enough. What am I missing? What am I not seeing? These questions I am now seeing as the enemy's lies, planting doubt in my soul. Panic does not come from God.
Maybe, sometimes, we are right where we are supposed to be. Maybe being in the waiting, is God's will. Hebrews 10:35-36 says,
So, do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.
Remember the great reward it brings to you.
Patient endurance is what you need now,
so that you will continue to do God's will.
Then you will receive all that He has promised.
With those lies I was allowing into my mind, I was starting to throw away this confident trust. We are called to patient endurance. Maybe, just maybe, God is sometimes telling us that He is in the waiting. That being in the waiting is His purpose for us at this particular moment. That maybe, that is what God is telling us to do right now: Trust and wait!
I know what you're thinking: But waiting is BORING! Okay, maybe I was the one who was thinking that. What if we change our view of waiting from being in-active to active? What if while we wait, we act:
-the act of remembering who God is. His promises.
-the act of worship who God is. Praising Him.
-the act of praying. Sharing our struggles with Him. Seeking His wisdom. Praising Him.
-the act of healing. Healing takes hard conscious work and it takes time.
-the act of serving. Looking beyond ourselves and helping others, even if we are in the dark right now. That shouldn't stop us.
Moses waited for 40 years as he wandered in the desert.
Joseph waited in prison for 10 years.
Abraham waited for a family for 100 years.
David was on the run for 15 years.
Why did God have these people wait for so long? Maybe to build their faith and dependence on Him. Sometimes the purpose is right there in the waiting. There is hope in the waiting. The question is, can we muster up the trust we need as we wait for what God has prepared for us? God came through for Moses, Joseph, Abraham and David and He will come through for us too.