But God promised!

Have you ever thought or said that to yourself? I’m not just talking about the promises that are easily identified in God’s Word. He spoke to you. He showed you what’s to come. You know it was Him, but yet, nothing! Time is slipping away. Things appear to be escalating. Your stress level is to the max. Nothing seems to be going in the right direction. That promise is still left unfulfilled.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if you are a Bible Scholar or just know one passage of scripture, “Jesus wept”, waiting is the absolute hardest of tasks known to mankind. It affects every one on some level. Our human nature struggles with waiting.

Frustrating? That simply is an understatement. It looks as though you are traveling down a long winding road with no light to guide your path and no signs posted indicating which way you are actually headed. Despair unsettles you. The waiting seems purposeless. But, is it?

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) tells us, 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It’s all about how we wait on the fulfillment of those promises. Are we really “waiting upon the Lord”? Are we trusting Him and taking His promises to us as truth? If we are, then God’s Word tells us that He will renew our strength. We will be able to run (get through our days), and not be weary. We will be able to walk this path called life and not faint.

In the waiting, God speaks, if we listen. In the waiting, when we are seeking Him through His Word and are open to His way and His plan, we will see spiritual growth and a peace will come upon us because we know that God is in control. When we are ready, meaning when God decides that we are ready, and it fits within His greater purpose, those promises will be manifested in our lives. Everything does work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. It’s important to keep this in the forefront of our minds.

When we are waiting on the Lord, for those problems or circumstances we once tried to manipulate and figure out on our own, we willingly hand them over to the one who can solve them. We are able to do this because we change our focus. We focus on praying and reading our Bibles, reading devotions and doing Bible studies, and even connecting with others who help to strengthen our faith through their testimonies of victory. This is something that we have to actively strive to do. We have to give God that special one-on-one time daily. Will we always feel up to this? Of course not, but that’s when we must push past our feelings to actively continue towards our Overwhelming Victory. We can never give up. We must continue to believe. Trust me when I tell you that I am speaking to myself first, and prayerfully this all resonates with you, as well.

While we are growing in the things of God, He is working things out, even when we cannot see Him in motion. Our waiting is actually not a time of standing still, but a time of movement; moving from where we are, closer to God, while God is moving in the spiritual realm on our behalf.

During our seasons of waiting, we can choose to become bitter or even disappointed with God or we can use that time to develop our faith and endurance.

James 1:2-4 (NLT) says,
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Psalm 106:7 reflects back on a time when the Israelite’s took on an attitude of impatience and grew weary in their time of waiting.

Psalm 106:7 (NLT) says,
Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.

The Israelite’s forgot God’s many acts of kindness to them. They were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds. By forgetting, they began to complain and not use those prior miracles as hope in the God who could do it again. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.

When we forget all of the ways that He has made for us, it offends and outrages God.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

Exodus 14:11-12 NLT says,
and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”

Sometimes we don’t forget, but we still start to complain and murmur about what we don’t have. I have been found guilty of this myself. I, too, have trouble in the waiting period. In the moment, I don’t really feel as though I am complaining. I am just expressing my feelings and desires. But am I doing it with a spirit of thankfulness for what God has already done? Am I reflecting on how far God has already brought me? Am I realizing that even in my struggles, without Him I would have no hope and no one to put my total trust in?

Dé·jà vu is defined as a feeling of having already experienced the present situation or a tedious familiarity. Sometimes we feel like we have been “here” before. These same problems are steadily before us. This same scenario seems to play out day after day. These similar issues are yet unresolved. However, we cannot afford to forget the goodness of God, and even when He doesn’t do things our way, He is still moving and working things for the good.

Psalm 106:1-3 outlines a remedy for our spirit of forgetfulness. The remedy for the sin of forgetfulness is to Praise the Lord. We are to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. No one else can love us or will love us like the Lord. He is performing miracle upon miracle in our lives and the lives of those that we love. Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise him enough? Therefore, we are to give Him our best, our all. Do we always get this right? Do I always get this right? Unquestionably not! I fall short in this area when I am choosing to focus on what is going on around me or what issues I feel should already be resolved; but, I must keep in mind that God hasn’t completed the process. I still have a chance to turn this around and remember that there is joy that comes with patiently waiting on God. When I deal with others justly, even while I go through, and when I always make the decision to do what is right, joy will abound.

Psalms 106:1-3 (NLT)​
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
Who can ever praise him enough?
There is joy for those who deal justly with others
and always do what is right.

When God’s people look to God as their deliverer and are truly repentant, He remembers his covenant with them and relents because of his unfailing love. Let us make a conscious decision to wait with anticipation of God’s unfailing love and protective hand over our lives and trust that His timing is what’s best, for God’s greater purpose and plan.

Let’s change the way we wait! Wait on the Lord!

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“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.”
Psalm 89:1 NLT

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