Waiting on God to fulfil His promises in our lives can be a spiritually wearing process. Gladys Famoriyo encourages believers to not give up, because God will show up.
I remember when Juanita Bynum’s song, “I don’t mind the waiting” came out a few years back. I must admit when I heard it, I baulked at the idea, because I DID mind the waiting. I have told Father my feelings on the matter on several occasions. And if I’m honest, it is still a struggle at times. If only I can get Him to move a little quicker, I would be happy. Or so I think.
The waiting game
I discovered that I am not alone in this struggle. Many Christians find themselves in the same quandary. We need Father to move quickly, yet it seems He is dragging His feet – according to our reasoning. After all, we have done our part, right? We have prayed in faith. We fasted. He even whispered into our hearts telling us He will come through. Yet, days, weeks, months or years later, we are still waiting. After a while, it takes its toll on us. We are told to “just trust God” (oftentimes by people who don’t seem to be waiting for anything), and some of us retort in our hearts, “For how long?”
We get weary of lifting up holy hands and giving Him the worship He deserves. Why? Because we can’t seem to get past what appears to be His unfulfilled promises. And so, we resort to ‘acting’ like everything is OK between us and Him. On the surface or in public, we continue with our spiritual activities but, deep within, our hearts betray us. We wonder if He will make good on His promise. Behind closed doors, we start formulating our ‘Plan B’ – just in case. Meanwhile, our resentment towards Him grows. Lord, help us!
Tick-tock, the clock never stops
We live in a time-driven world, where the clock always seems to be ticking away. We are encouraged to squeeze every little bit out of our day and ‘seize the moment’. The fact is, these notions are not unscriptural. Psalm 90:12 is one of many Scriptures encouraging us to maximise our time here on Earth. Yet, the same Bible also stipulates that everything on Earth has a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). That means God’s Word will come to pass in the season it is meant to. That’s just the way Father has instituted things. In between the seed time and harvest time, there is a period known as the waiting time.
Why are you cast down? Hope in God
I have been pondering on the subject of waiting for the last few weeks, and it just so happened that my Bible reading for today was Psalm 42. This psalm depicts where some of us find ourselves today. Like us, the psalmist longs for God to showup, recognising God as their only salvation. We see the effects waiting has on them (tears, heartbreak and despondency). Yet, through all that, we see elements of positive self-talk cutting through the ‘Woe is me’ dialogue. The psalmist reminds themselves of the good times, and questions why they are downcast. Furthermore, they encourage themselves to trust God.
I believe this psalm is a model of how we are to handle our waiting times. It does not deny that waiting can be hard. Yet, in spite of this, we are encouraged to hold on in faith. Our present challenge is whether we are able to do so, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.
God’s blessed assurance
When we take our eyes off the circumstance and consider God’s nature, we are reminded of the fact that He is NOT a man that will lie (Hebrews 6:18). We have both His oath and His promise (Hebrews 6:18-19). Moreover, He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). He never shirks from what He says He will do. He perpetually remains faithful to us.
And so, we need to take confidence in the fact that whatever He says will surely come to pass, no matter what. Doubtful moments may come, as Abraham and Mary (the mother of Jesus) experienced. But, like them, we can turn our “How can this be?” moments to one of “Be it unto me according to Your Word.”
In closing, whilst moments of waiting are a certainty in our lives, we need to get to the place where we are able to quieten our souls. This requires silencing the ‘voices’ that cause us to be flummoxed. And, if you are still enough (Psalm 46:10), you may just find that Father has been trying to catch your attention to let you know He is on your case. Therefore, hold on, because your season of waiting is almost up.
PS: I want to take a moment to acknowledge and commend those experiencing tough times, yet refusing to let go of the hope of their salvation. Because you stand, many others are able to stand. So keep standing, faithful soldier.
Scripture: So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable, because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:18-19, NLT)
Gladys is a speaker and author of ‘Quit Hiding, Start Living!’, ‘Healing A Discouraged Heart’ and ‘Overcoming Emotional Baggage’. For more details of Gladys Famoriyo’s ministry, visit www.gladysf.com or call 0870 750 1969.