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Revised: The Power and Prudence in Waiting on God

***Please be advised that the draft version of this post was published in error this morning. However, please enjoy this final version. To God be the glory!

As I sit at my desk, peering out at the hazy skyline of Atlanta, my mind drifts to a journal entry that I wrote after meditating on Psalm 40 and thinking. That memory reminded me specifically about waiting for God.

While I don’t know all of you, I believe many of you need to be encouraged in hope and in truth today. God hears your cries for help. He knows exactly what you need, and when you need it. Do not grow weary in waiting on Him. He is the Almighty God for a reason.

Let’s dive right into a small fragment of Psalm 40, followed by a few thoughts to ponder on our own before the Lord.

 “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Psalm 40:1-5 NLT

Allow me to encourage you if I may. There will be a season for God to lift you out of the mud and mire of life’s difficulties and pain, but you must trust in Him now. God is good, and He desires good. In times of trouble, the temptation to run from God and to run towards something else (such as self-dependency, another person, habit, or item) is very real. Avoid this temptation through the grace of Christ (remember that Jesus was tempted in all areas without sin, so He understands). Seek His will for you. You will never make a poor decision by trusting God for anything, no matter what the circumstance may be. God is good, and God is for your good.

When it comes to David and the benefits he received in waiting for God, there are four quick points that we can all be encouraged by:

1.David was lifted out of despair by God. God relieves the anguish that David feels (while being pursued to death by his enemies) by removing David from challenging situations (either physically, mentally, and/or emotionally).

2. God sets David’s feet on solid ground, meaning that He provides a place of refuge and safety away from the turmoil. God gives David a new perspective (whether that is literally a new, physical place or a mental shift in perception). God does the impossible in a trying situation.

3. God steadies David as he walks. Not only does God direct David’s steps, but He also brings incredible stability to David’s life as he explores this new place of trusting Him.

4. God places a new song of praise in David’s mouth. God fills David’s heart with a renewed peace, wonder, hope, and joy that causes David to overflow in praise to His faithful God.

As Christians, you and I still serve, love, obey, and pray to the exact same God that David did thousands of years ago. Think about this truth for a moment. If God is just and faithful, and He does not change, then how in the world could we dare to believe that He would rescue and restore King David (one of His own) but not us? If we are praying to God and seeking His face, God hears us. While we cannot determine when He will answer or what He will say, we can know that He does hear and He does act. You and I must trust in God for His perfect timing, and believe with all of our hearts that He is in fact, good, trustworthy, and faithful (because He is). God has no favorites (Rom 2:11). He loves us all the same, and remember that Jesus died for the entire world because He loves mankind so much (John 3:16).

Be encouraged, beloved. Draw close to God and seek Him. And know that just as God delivered David, He will also deliver you. Blessings quickly follow after suffering has been surrendered to the Lord. To God be the glory!

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Letting Go and Letting God

Not sure about you, but I’ve heard the saying in the title more than I can count. Will it ever lose its piquancy? “Letting go and letting God” is tough anytime that we have been thinking that we should know exactly how things should fall into place.

But we have no idea how God will carry out His plans. He’s divine, and we’re human. Even His only divine Son, Jesus Himself, doesn’t consider equality with God to be something easily grasped. And He carries the title of ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

To further emphasize the point that God the Father cannot be figured out entirely, Jesus, who sits at His right hand and who is coming back to ransom His beloved, has NO clue when He’ll be returning. But I’m certain that Jesus isn’t impatiently nagging His Father to spill the beans by giving Him a little more information.

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7

Sound familiar?

Our relationship with God is not intended to advance our own carnal dreams, plans, or life missions. We cannot manipulate God into blessing us or providing us with “mysterious information” about our future, not even when we use prayer or just try to take care of ‘business’ ourselves. From personal experience, I can verify that attempts to manipulate our own situations aren’t the point of trusting and loving God. In fact, they prevent us from actually knowing Him.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 

Are you experiencing a delay in your life? Perhaps an unrealized promise? Or a long silence from God as you’ve been earnestly praying for a specific need?

My deep conviction is that these delays, along with any lack of understanding and knowledge of His plans, are meant to create an insatiable desire within us to draw closer to Him. Think about it: in the absence of any challenges, we’d have less desire to pursue God. Deeper intimacy would not be achieved. On the contrary, when we do need Him, this yearning desire to pursue and know God cultivates a deeper trust and (more importantly) a sweeter, more ultimate love relationship between you two over time.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

Frequently, delays occur shortly after He gives a promise, which is no surprise. You see, the purpose of the promise isn’t in the promise itself; the purpose is in the relationship between the Promise-Giver and the promise-receiver. Such a relationship can only be built on highly intimate and personal exchanges, which cultivate a deeper trust in both parties. Because God is good, He gives promises to produce good fruit in our walk with Him. He doesn’t do it to be mean or to withhold good from us now; He’s incapable of doing that as a Holy God.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:1-4 

Anytime you are perplexed as to why there is no tangible manifestation of a promise that He gave you (or your heart is challenged to trust Him), remember that He is drawing you closer into His holy embrace to love Him more. That’s what He wants. No longer is your situation about the promise and all that you need; instead it is about Him and who He is. He’s the focus. In turn, your affection and admiration cause the heart of our Creator to melt in awe of you. In fact, this is why you were made – to love God and to allow Him to love you.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 

Everything God ever asks us to do with Him and for Him ultimately fulfills a greater purpose – to know, understand, and fall more deeply in love with the Great I AM, Jesus (fulfilling the greatest commandment).

Yet if we’re not careful to see the delay of a promise as part of the pursuit of God Himself, we (as carnal beings) become angry. Because unmet expectations almost always lead to major disappointment, anger and hurt develop, and our relationship with God suffers. Join me tomorrow as I share 3 points that Jesus has taught me in effectively (and Biblically) handling delays.

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Claiming the Unseen

Believing in the unseen is not an easy task for us humans. In fact, God designed us with the gift of physical sight so that we can assess our surroundings and respond to external stimuli.

Let’s take a look at the following scenario below:

While enjoying a brisk morning walk through a local park, imagine that you begin to notice something large and colorful slithering along the pathway ahead of you. This immediately registers in your brain as something dangerous, causing your pupils to dilate in order to see the object more clearly.

Like a dam with broken gates, your adrenal glands begin the “fight or flight” response by pushing out epinephrine. Your heart rate is high, and blood is quickly pooling into your muscles as you prepare to dash away from that vicious reptile as fast as you can.

This example showcases how we, as humans, are created to make decisions based on what we can physically see.

Now, how about when God speaks, but there’s no tangible evidence to support what He’s clearly telling you?

Nothing to stimulate your physical receptors – you can’t see, touch, smell, or taste what He is instructing you to do or promising will come your way.

Like a spouse. Or a job. Maybe a ministerial calling. Perhaps even physical healing in your own body. Or an unborn child.

How then are we to respond when God is clearly speaking, but we are NOT clearly seeing?

Trust in Him. And wait for Him to move.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

We have to stop looking for the supernatural with the natural.

We can’t expect to immediately see what God is spiritually speaking. I personally find this very challenging – to not only believe (and hope) in what God is telling me is true, but also to wait in patience for His perfect timing to arrive.

And this is where I am today. I’m waiting for several promises to be delivered. Perhaps you are as well.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word, I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for morning, more than watchmen wait for morning.” Psalm 130:5-6

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

This is faith, beloved. It’s clinging to what we hope for and expectantly waiting for that which remains unseen.

What I find most profound about this entire experience is that it actually has NOTHING to do with what I’m waiting for. It is actually about how I am seeing God in the process.

“Am I really perceiving Him as a good God who is truly for my good?”

“Am I truly believing that He is actually in control and doesn’t need my personal contributions (to speed up the process)?”

“Do I truly trust that He will take care of me and not make a mess out of my life?”

These are real questions that many of us have. And these are the ones that carry weight in God’s heart.

He wants us to know Him as He truly is. For many of us as His children, this will include walking into unfamiliar territory in order to grow in full dependence on Him with our lives.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ” Hebrews 11:6

May you be encouraged and challenged (just as I am) by the following Scripture provided by the Lord to me this morning:

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131

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