In today’s world, waiting is not something we want to contemplate let alone go through. Part of what I will share with you today to some extent encapsulates part of my story, and it is my desire you will be encouraged. The Bible says, “Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.” Read Hebrews 10:23 (MSG). Being rock solid and immovable on the promises, prophecies, words of knowledge and proclamations given by God or through brethren in Christ. There are seasons and times in one’s life where waiting is critically important and can’t be escaped.
I suppose life has trained us to be constantly on the move, and if we are not experiencing the desired movement, we become agitated, irritable and possibly impatient. Brothers and sisters, I have come to this one conclusion in my personal walk with God; ‘You must wait if God has anything to do with your life and plan.’ The word WAIT in the Greek means to remain steady regardless of the obstacles involved. It means to ENDURE with PATIENCE. Listen to this, “We pray that you will be strengthened from God’s boundless resources so that you will find yourselves able to pass through any experience and endure it with courage.” Read Colossians 1:11 (PHILLIPS).
Contrary to what people might think, waiting is not inactivity, quite frankly, it is hard work, hence the Bible says, “ Let us labour, therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Read Hebrews 4:11 (KJV). Waiting is labouring to enter into God’s rest; waiting, expectant with anticipation that what God said will surely come to pass, Hallelujah.
I want to liken waiting to a woman who is pregnant, and as you well know, a pregnant woman and people around her have this great expectation and anticipation that something good is about to happen. Waiting has a focus and a foundation in mind – the object being God’s Word or His promise. Listen to this, “If honest of heart and uprightness before God were lacking or if I did not patiently wait on God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow-men to the declarations of the Word of God, I made great mistakes.” George Muller. Oh, George can say this again and again because I have been there and back.
Think with me for a moment, “Faith is the substance… ” Consequently, I want to ask, what is the substance of your waiting? Your waiting must have substance, and that substance must be rooted in God and His Word, else waiting can be in vain if God is not at the centre of everything.
#Wait, don’t get ahead of God.
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