The work of God in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for…
Tremendous and miraculous works of God, the testimonies of the saints, and the glory of God’s creation all build and grow our faith…and rightly so! The stories of ordinary men in the hands of our extraordinary God bring hope to our challenges and trials.
But rarely does our spiritual focus point to the faithfulness of the spiritual giants while waiting for God to move, to rescue, to answer their prayers. Who really marvels at Joseph’s patience and endurance while waiting years in a dungeon? With plenty of days and months for discouragement and unbelief, Joseph retained God’s favor by excelling while waiting.
True faith believes that waiting is never wasted or futile but rather a prescribed time of unexpected service, preparation and testing without which God’s perfect will might not go forward.
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Simeon waited years, perhaps his whole life, to meet the Savior of the world and was not disappointed as an elderly man, holding God incarnate in his arms. Did Simeon imagine that those seemingly endless seasons of God’s silence would mark him for eternity in God’s word?
Waiting often tests us and often weeds out unbelief. Exodus 32 presents the tragic story of people who refused to wait on God….they foolishly created a ‘god’ and missed the greatness of God’s plan for their lives.
The hardest part of faith is the last half hour….Pastor David Wilkerson
Faithful- even if not always perfect- waiting upon God yields much for God’s people, whether they are waiting for urgent deliverance, miraculous healing, an open womb, or the Savior of the world. And so I pray…
Lord, encourage those of us who are heavy hearted…
Renew our hearts with anticipation….
Keep us steadfast at our assigned post….
Lord, help us to study your great promises and commit to remember:
The Promiser Keeps His promises.