Waiting tests our faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Our faith is rooted in God’s word. The assurance will come after we believe, receive, and apply it to our lives.

Our trials of waiting purify our faith to make it stronger, because they cause the hidden dross of lies, doubt, fear, and unbelief to surface. Beware as you wait. Don’t give in to the temptations to do something in your own strength ~ especially dialoguing in your mind about options.

Waiting is also a time of rest. God designs that time to train us, to cease from our own mental activity of trying to figure something out in our mind.

Waiting is the posture of trust. He is absolutely faithful to fulfill his word, because he is always watching over it to perform it. His word will always succeed, because it contains his purpose that cannot be thwarted.

Joseph and Mary had to wait. When it was time for Jesus to be born, there was no place for them to stay. Just as God the Father made provision for them, he has made provision for us.

If you have never put your faith and trust in Jesus, I urge you to consider this promise in Romans 10:13. It says, “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” He is waiting for you.

Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for everyone. I rejoice in your unconditional love for us. Thank you for the words the angel spoke to Mary, that nothing is impossible for God, They are words of eternal truth that assure our hearts during our times of waiting. Amen.

Additional Resources: Waiting for God to answer a prayer or act on our behalf is even harder. Is the Lord even listening? Have I done something wrong so he is giving me the silent treatment? Am I praying correctly? Doesn't God realize I need him NOW? Welcome to the Waiting Room.

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