In June of 2008 I wrote a series on waiting (has it been that long?!?!?). And we have talked about waiting on God in our marriages A LOT. I’ve come to believe that waiting is a constant part of our faith journey. We wait for prayers to be answered, we wait for God to open doors to new directions and opportunities, we wait for change within ourselves and wait ultimately for the time when we will meet our Lord and Savior in person.
We are always waiting for something, right?
About a week ago, God blew my mind again with another facet of waiting that I’d never considered before. Are you ready for your thinking to be turned upside down?
This concept has been ruminating in my mind as I waited for God to give me a clearer vision of what I was to share. Imagine my total surprise and delight when my pastor’s sermon yesterday was on the very same subject! He bought out points I was contemplating, which, for me, confirmed what I sensed God showing me.
Like I said, BLOWN AWAY!
Now, back to the subject of waiting. We often treat this time of waiting as our burden to carry. I know I have, more so in times of trial and challenge. But what if it's more? We've talked a lot about waiting patiently and waiting expectantly (go to the June 2008 archives if you want to go back and read them), but what if there was another aspect to our waiting that we're missing out on?
What if our time of waiting is intended to be a place of trust, which in turn is one of our most profound ways to worship God? Look at this quote from Andrew Murray:
“Let us resolve at once that is will be the one characteristic of our life and worship, a continual, humble, truthful waiting upon God. We may rest assured that He who made us for Himself, that He might give Himself to us and in us, will never disappoint us. In waiting on Him, we will find rest and joy and strength, and the supply of every need.”
Murray talks about waiting upon God’s provision as a characteristic of worship. As I read this, chills ran over me. Now let’s take a look at Isaiah 40:25-31:
25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
We've talked about this piece of Scripture before, specifically the part about God being our source of hope. Not the things in this life, not even our pre-believers salvation. Our hope must reside squarely in God in order to know this kind of hope, to be renewed in our strength, to persevere—not just to survive, but to thrive in every aspect of our lives. Reread this piece of Scripture and look for these truths:
- Nothing is greater than God. He has created everything, yet He is not created.
- His great strength not only holds our world together, He does so perfectly.
- God sees everything we see, experience and feel. Good and bad. Nothing is hidden from Him. He knows us intimately.
- He doesn’t wear out. His strength and love never wear out. In fact, the weaker we are, the stronger He is. (2 Cor. 12:9 also says this.)
- We will not only survive we will rejoice, not run out of His strength, and we will also walk forward in that strength. This is victory.
What’s the key to all this? I will tell you in part two since this post has gone so long already. Come back tomorrow and find where I'm going with this. I think you will be delighted!
Praying & believing!
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!