Patience as we wait on the Lord

In a previous post, I shared what God has been reminding me of in the need to remain postured toward dependance on Him in the midst of uncertainty. If you missed that post, maybe consider reading it first: Dependance within uncertainty

At the end of that post, I said that sometimes we can feel as if we are trusting God and dependant on Him, yet still feel directionless, alone, and without peace. When we feel this way, it can be really challenging – you feel like you’re trusting and doing what God would want, and yet you still feel overwhelmed, you don’t know what the future looks like, and you want answers. You become tempted to start forcing things – to make decisions or take actions to get things going. In this moment, the Bible teaches us to wait on the Lord. Patience actually becomes part of our decision to rely on God and trust Him.

Lamentations 3:24-26
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Did you see that? “The Lord is good to those who wait for him.”

Too often, I’m guilty of putting God on a timetable in my dependance. Of saying “this is yours God. I depend on you.” But then, when I see no results, I revert back to myself. In truth, that shows that my trust was in me all a long. I just trusted my own ways and used God as one possible way to get results. That’s not trust at all.

Patience. That’s such a tough thing to maintain. At least for me, patience is a constant struggle. And it’s a serious matter – God values patience, so much so that He includes it in the fruit of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (emphasis added). And He will teach us to be patient and to rely on Him in His timing.

Look at James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I have learned and need to continue to learn to allow God to develop perseverance within me. I want to be mature in my faith, and trust through patience is a big part of that.

So, as you trust God and depend fully on Him, resolve to wait and patiently trust Him more as He chooses to provide in His perfect timing.

Isaiah 40:31: 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.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope

 

God is sovereign. He’s placed us in the situations that we’re in. He’s given us these opportunities, and He will provide what we need to wade through. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.

 

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Philippians 4:12-13 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Let God give you the strength to endure, and trust Him enough to wait on Him.

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