This post is dedicated to a friend I love dearly. Hang in there!
You’ve prayed and prayed and prayed your guts out for what seems like forever.
Still nothing is resolved.
The missing piece unfound.
The desires of your heart not yet realized.
The painful, agonizing waiting continues.
At some point (no matter how faithful you’ve been in the past) your heart and mind begin to flood with doubt as your fleshy and flawed reasoning lie to you, saying it should’ve-would’ve-could’ve happened already.
Waiting violently shoves us to the very edge of our faith and trust in God’s goodness and His plan for our lives.
But it is when we’re falling over the ledge of our human logic and emotion and all we have left is Jesus, that our faith and trust in Him grows exponentially deeper and further than we ever imagined we were even capable of.
And in the aftermath, we’re left to marvel at our newly found, supernatural steadfastness.
The gift of waiting.
Steadfastness is mentioned multiple times in Scripture, but we often skip right to the happy ending of answered prayers and deliverance… and right over the waiting required to get there.
Steadfastness means immoveable, always abounding:
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. ~1 Corinthians 15:58
Steadfastness means devotion and commitment:
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. ~James 1:12
Steadfastness means faithfulness and trustworthiness:
7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. ~Psalm 112:7
Steadfastness means loyalty and dependability:
… be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. ~Titus 2:2
This verse, although a popular choice for décor, isn’t often full grasped:
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
There’s waiting required in order for the Lord to renew us, otherwise no renewal is needed.
This is not to say that every situation and circumstance in our life requires us to stand idle, waiting for God to do all of the work.
There are many times in life when God gives us the tools, opportunity, and the call to take action.
Other times, He is asking us to faithfully, prayerfully, and patiently wait for His timing because He sees the whole picture and we do not.
This is why regular prayer, reading Scripture, and spiritual discernment from the Holy Spirit is so important in our everyday lives and not only compartmentalized to our church services.
In the end, God knows what is best for us.
I don’t know about you but I never want to stop growing in my faith, trust, and patience in Jesus.
If getting there requires that I surrender my timing to Him, then I will submit to the waiting.
And look forward to the gift of steadfastness.
I want to take this opportunity to let you know, although I may not know you, I’m praying for you and your situation. Prayer is our lifeline while waiting. Please never hesitate to pray and to ask for prayer. How can I pray for you today?