In times of waiting on God, we eventually find out a harsh truth: We think we are waiting on God because we greatly want Him to change our circumstance, but we quickly find that waiting on God is not only to change our situation—God will ultimately use times of waiting on Him to deeply change us.
He cares far more about our character, obedience, faith, and trust in Him than He cares about our immediate comfort or quickly granting our requests.
Like a child begging through tears to get their way, a wise parent will use those times to train and mold the child’s character and heart first. Oftentimes, God does the same with us.
Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church once told a story about one of his children. His daughter was zip lining in a friend’s backyard and she smashed against a hard object upon landing. Craig had to take his daughter to the ER and the doctor had Craig hold his child down so she could receive the best treatment. Craig’s daughter looked bewildered and hurt because it appeared as though Craig was allowing her to be hurt…but what actually was happening was Craig was having to do what was in his daughter’s best interest so she could be helped and ultimately healed.
Think about that…in times where we painfully cry out, “God…where are you??” as we look up hurt and bewildered—wrongfully believing God is allowing us great hurt, harm, and devastation—God may be in the middle of holding us down for our own wellbeing.
It is VITAL for us to “be still and know that He is God.”
It is of the upmost importance to wait on Him.
God knows what is best and He sees the greater overall picture.
Allow God to work out your situation in His way and His timing.
While you are waiting, delight yourself in the Lord. Obey Him. Love Him. Be loyal to Him. Learn from Him.
He IS good and He IS faithful!
He never desires to hurt you…He is always looking out for your best, wanting to help you.
You are not being punished…He may be simply refining and purifying you at the present moment. He may even be in the process of deepening the life message He has for you.
Allow Him to completely refine your heart, character, and life in the time you are waiting for your trials to pass.
When we truly leave the outcome of a trial to God, He WILL have good come from it. Trust Him!
Lookup: Isaiah 40:27-31, Micah 7:7, Psalms 33:20-22, Lamentations 3:25, Romans 8:28
(From the 2014 YouVersion Bible reading plan, Grief Bites: Finding Treasure In Hardships by Kim Niles)
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