Worth the Wait
April 27, 2020, 3:06 PM

 Worth the Wait

by: Mary Hitchcock

Today we live in a world of instant gratification. We want what we want and want it now. Waiting causes us to have feelings of anguish, uncertainty, fear and anxiety. I feel certain that all of us today are waiting on the Coronavirus Pandemic to come to an end so that life can return to normalcy. On the flip side of the negative emotions and feelings waiting sometimes creates, it is good for us to wait. We often wait on the Lord to deliver answers to our prayers, to renew our strength, to do what only God can do! There are situations in my own life that I have been praying for answers for several years now. I can say without a doubt that I am not the same person I was at the beginning of the journey as I am today. I would not be who I am in Christ today had I not experienced situations in my life. If God answered our prayers instantly we would be in control, not him. Waiting helps us to trust him, to trust his timing! Isaiah shows us that we are designed to rely on something unseen, something greater than ourselves. The Hebrew word that Isaiah uses for wait is Qavah. It means “to wait, look for, hope, expect.  Isaiah 40:29-31 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Wow, What a promise! An eagle rises to great heights. His body is designed to maximize the power of the air, and he soars on unseen currents with agility and ease. It is not a weakness of the eagle that he is so dependent upon the power of air. This dependence is his greatest strength. Eagles gain their greatest momentum at the top of the mountain. They love a storm and utilize it to lift them above the storm. Keep in mind that we are not working on the same timetable as God. 2 Peter 3:8 – But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

While we are waiting it is important that we do the following things:

  1. Pray! – Do not quit praying! Even when you are discouraged, disheartened it is imperative that you continue to pray! Make your requests known and speak them with expectancy. Pray for strength and to be filled with a peace that passes all understanding.  Psalms 27:13-14 -I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

  2. Stay in the word- We read the Bible because it feeds us the words of God and fills our minds and hearts with Truth. It gives us hope! It helps us to discover what our next step should be.  Matthew 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

  3. Be Still and Stand!  If we try to reason things out, we will become confused and will struggle. Your job is not to figure out how and when but to decide to finish the race! Harvest time will happen! It may be when you least expect it and not in the way you expect it, but it will happen. He does know what is best for us! Always! Psalm 46:10 -“Be still, and know that I am God”.  Ephesians 6:13 -Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

So, what will you do while you wait for your answers today? We can let it build character, help us to trust God with every area in our lives, give us hope or make us bitter, angry and full of fear and anxiety. As the eagle, we can use the storms of life to help us rise to greater heights in our Christian walk. 

Let go and Let God! He’s got this!

 




Comments

04-27-2020 at 3:41 PM
Patricia Austin
Great word Mary!!! I really enjoyed it.
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