Romans 8:23-25 NLT says,
And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Ummmm! Patience. Huh? Could you repeat that please?
Am I really waiting patiently if I cannot stop complaining?
Am I hoping for what I do not see while giving God thanks for all that He has already done, knowing that He is faithful and He will come through for me again and again and again?
Am I remembering that Christ suffered and as such, so will I?
This morning, I was reading through my prayer devotional. I cannot recall exactly what I read in that moment where I just began thanking God for what He has already done. All I can remember is this spirit of thankfulness coming over me. Instead of focusing on my suffering, which is nothing in comparison to all that Christ endured for me, I began to focus on the faithfulness of God. I remembered that “No More” should I be complaining, because I have so much to be thankful for.
Philippians 1:29-30 New Living Translation (NLT) says,
29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
When we believe in Christ and His resurrection power and accept His forgiveness of sin, we are afforded the privilege of trusting in Him. The Word of God tells us that we also receive the privilege of suffering for him.
Life is not always perfect and it rarely turns out how we expect it to in the time frame in which we expect it to happen. We go through things on a daily basis and a lot of those things leave us feeling uncomfortable, vulnerable, and sometimes just emotionally and even physically drained. We groan and moan, although we know that the things that we are given to endure are for God’s ultimate glory. We don’t always enjoy the journey and the path in which God places us to walk out the purpose that He has given to us. We want to be released from the seemingly bad parts. But, we have hope, true hope in our Savior because we know that one day we will be given our full rights as his adopted children. We do not hope as the world hopes. We look forward to something we don’t yet have, and we are guaranteed to receive what God has for us because we believe and trust in Him.
God has great things planned for our future, not just in glory, but right here on earth. What we have to do is continue to cooperate with his plan, and not just cooperate, but in our waiting, wait patiently and confidently on a God that we can trust. We can trust that no matter what we face, He is with us, walking along side us, living within us as His Spirit guides us through it all. We must find that rhythm of thankfulness in all things and make that our daily goal, to give Him thanks in the good, as well as during times of suffering. My suffering is not your suffering. What is hard for me may not be hard for you and vice versa. But what we have in common is a God who cares about everything that we care about. His love and His mercy is unfailing. When we can’t see it, we can trust and believe that He has not forsaken us.
In those times of quietness, where it appears that God has forgotten about us, let us wait with patience and confidence in God’s plan and purpose. Let us give Him thanks in advance and anticipate the good things He has in store. Let us say “No More” to complaining and mumbling and grumbling. When we forget, let us offer up a prayer of thanksgiving and put our confidence back in the only one who can bring about change in our lives.
“God, I just want to thank you for all that you have done and for all that I have. In those times of impossibility, God, you alone made things possible. You are ordering my steps and providing a pathway for me to follow. I wait patiently and confidently for the next phase of this journey. God you have been so good to me, even when I did not realize that you were there. God, if I never get what my latest and greatest desires are, I’ll be ok, because you’ve already done above and beyond what I ever deserved. I’ll keep serving you. I won’t fall apart, because the joy of the Lord is my strength, even when I feel weak. And God, although I know I don’t deserve it, I know because of your unfailing love and mercy, and because of what you have already done in my life, that you are going to do what is best for me. Your best is more than enough and for this I give you thanks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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