Shalom, everyone, I hope you’ve all been having pleasure in God’s loving kindness.I’d like to share and encourage you today with my current experience. I used to think of myself as a very patient person when it comes to things I wait on God for. But God continuously teaches me the act of patience. To simply wait, read, and pray. To submit myself to a state of nothingness and simply cast all my hope and trust in him. Late last year through early this year has been the most patient challenge God has allowed me to face yet. I have been without my phone and laptop for weeks. I know I’m missing important calls and should be getting things done on my laptop, the two things I’ve often said I can’t live without. In the moment of reflecting on the situation, God revealed himself as that one constant that is and would be forever present in my life. I looked to Him, but it still felt like I was waiting and not acting, and I was wondering and merely asked “God, what would you have me do? Wait? I can’t just wait?”. Guess what, that’s what God wants of me, to wait. Even when I know all of the things that I have worked for could potentially crumble to the ground. I trust in God, even when I occasionally have shivers on the inside when I’m constantly reminded of all that is at stake and could lose everything I have worked so hard for at any moment. Still, I keep a warm face because I am also reminded that God stood by me when no one else could, and He is going to do it again. He doesn’t lie and that’s the truth, He can do again what He has done before in your life. He can pull you through the tough situation that wouldn’t budge like He did before. Don’t think He can’t. I know you might be thinking, last time was by luck or by chance. Perhaps, you are thinking if not for your dad or aunt B, you wouldn’t have survived that experience. I’d like to remind you today that last time wasn’t by luck or chance, it was from God. It wasn’t for your dad or aunt B, it was for the glory of God.
I’ve gone through hurt that I’m still healing from, and misunderstanding that would take a while to resolve, but I’m being taught to wait because the bible says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4: 17-18, NKJV). Also, I’ve waited for things to change, for people to change, however, in the moment of waiting, I was reminded that God is in control of things I absolutely have no control over.
In your time of need and ultimate despair, God does not only reveal Himself to you, He teaches you the act of patience and how to identify bearers of good news that he shall send. For a time would come when you’d have to identify God sent among the lots, so as not to be deceived.
As you wait on God today for whatever reason and you feel overwhelmed, scared, and helpless, I’d like to give you the comfort of knowing you are not alone. “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you. O, Jacob. And He who formed you O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior, I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place” (Isaiah 43: 1-3, NKJV). He was the redeemer of Israel, so shall He be for you.
While you wait, pray and meditate on God’s words, let His words bring in light and reassure you. According to Patsy Clairmont, “waiting on God is wisdom. If we would allow the Lord to show us His ways, teach us His paths, and lead us in His truth, our faith would deepen, as would our personal dignity. That’s the thing about truth. It frees us up to make wise choices, and truth sets us free even if others never come through for us”.
I pray today that God strengthens your patience and your soul as you wait on Him, and give you the understanding to gain the knowledge from the experience.