Why do I need to wait? Why, Lord, why? Please, don’t make me! Satisfy me now! Sound familiar? We live in a world where everything is instant and immediate. We don’t need to wait for anything. We don’t wait in line, we don’t wait for letters in the mail, we barely wait for packages. Fast food and express lanes corner the market in services. We never learned or have forgotten the joys of waiting. In fact, often times if we have to wait too long for something we may just say forget it and put it back.
It’s no wonder that when God asks us to wait we start kicking and screaming and throwing an all out tantrum. No, we may not actually be lying on the floor but aren’t our insides crying out in sheer agony? Why, Lord must I wait? Show me the way! Give me the answers! Please, fix all of my problems, right now! Oh, and by the way, please help me seek and follow your will. (???)
We have got it all wrong. We are looking to please our human nature and not to do the will of God. Our choices become our idols, our desires flip flopping back and forth from one to the other. Shouldn’t we instead be desiring our God!. Yes, waiting is hard. It is oh, so hard and none of us wants to do it! And yes, sometimes it hurts. Sometimes the pain is so intense that it consumes our every being. And guess what? That’s okay! Yes, you heard me; it is okay to be in pain! In fact it is in these times of pain that God does His best work in us! You all know this is true.
Don’t get me wrong, God doesn’t want us not to hurt! He knows we are hurting and He hurts for us! He does not want to punish us; although He will if it is in our best interests. He doesn’t want to see bad things happen to us. He does however, allow those things to happen. He does this because He can see the good that is going to come out of it in the end. You might say but how can any good come of THIS! or maybe you can’t even think about the good because you are hurting oh so badly. God understands this but He also calls us to continue being obedient. To continue to seek Him! To continue whatever work He has called us to do and continue to focus solely on Him!
Yes, it hurts! Yes the pain is intense! Yes we can cry, even kick scream and question God! But in the hurt, we must cry out to God and listen for His voice. He may not be telling us how things will end or what choices to make because for now, we are just to wait, watch and wonder, and rely on Him. We need to trust Him! Seek Him! Praise Him and cry out to Him! We need to accept that we are loved, cherished and adored! We are not alone and we are not letting God down!
We need to stop focussing on the outcome and the choices. Stop putting these things before God. Instead we need to obediently wait, trust God, look to Him, praise Him and put Him first! Stop making our choices into idols, stop fearing we can make the wrong decision, stop torturing ourselves and adding to our pain. Know that no matter what the outcome, it is the one God chose for us. It is the one that will bring us the most joy. We can’t mess it up because God has already accounted for all of our mistakes! Instead, in the time of waiting, we are to praise Him and glorify Him and yes, be thankful for the hurt and pain because in the end it is the best thing for us! It is what brings us close to the Lord and it is how he grows and matures us.
|—AMRomans 8:24-30Living Bible (TLB)
24 We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. 25 But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.
26 And in the same way—by our faith[a]—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.
29 For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers. 30 And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us “not guilty,” filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.
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