"Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD." Psalm 27:14 (NLT)
This verse is, and always will be, one of my life verses. I remember the day I gave my life to Jesus. As I wept and was embraced by His mercy and grace, He put this Scripture on my mind. I knew immediately why He had done this, for I was always one who loved instant gratification. I was a child of the microwave era, and when I wanted something, I wanted it now.
But that is not how God works. God wants us to rely and depend upon Him fully, which takes an enormous amount of trust on our part, especially when we have to wait.
Watchman Nee expresses the importance of depending on God when he says, “A person who wholly follows the Lord is one who believes that the promises of God are trustworthy, that He is with His people, and that they are well able to overcome.”
The fact that we have to wait in no way means that God has forsaken us. It is during this waiting process that we learn to lean on Him more than ever before. If He gave us everything in “microwave fashion,” would our trials produce strength, courage, or endurance in us? How else are we going to learn to overcome challenges by abiding in Him.
Through waiting on God, we learn to stop being the leader and to instead live as a follower of Jesus.
Father, it is hard to wait when the winds and waves of life are hitting me from all sides. Help me to place my trust in You and to hold on to You for dear life as I face these struggles. Fill me with Your Spirit so I may be brave and courageous as I face these trials. I will wait upon You Father and trust You completely. Amen.
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What are you waiting on God for these days? How are you waiting? Prayerfully and patiently? Or with frustration and self-reliance? Take a moment to ask God to give you the strength and endurance to be courageous in Him as you wait patiently.
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