Waiting on God. I must admit, this is not an area I can say that I’ve mastered. But, like most of us, whether we like it or not, I have experienced this to some degree. In an age of instant gratification, for some of us, waiting can be torture. In this blog, I want to share some of the things I try to be mindful of during the “waiting” phase.
WAITING ON GOD
How many times have we heard that phrase? It doesn’t seem to be very popular, although people quote it quite often when encouraging others. There’s also a song titled “He’s In the Waiting.” What does it mean exactly? I’m not 100% sure, but He’s definitely shown me some things during my waiting. During our Christian walk, we will at some point feel like God has a specific call on or vision for our life. If you’re like me, you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible. However, this is not always the case. So, what are we supposed to do in the meantime?
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
It’s easy to remain positive when everything appears to be going just as planned. But what about when it doesn’t? Do we immediately show our frustration and our little faith by complaining to our friends and family? Do we just give up and act like there isn’t a call on our lives and that we just misheard God altogether? Do we let our disappointment spill over into our jobs, causing our performance to suffer because we’re “not supposed to be there anymore” or our “assignment” is over? Some of these questions are obviously rhetorical. Unfortunately, this is often the response of many Christians, including myself when it doesn’t go exactly according to OUR plan. The Bible is full of instructions and commandments regarding our attitudes, but it seems they’re mostly regarded as suggestions by many us in the Body of Christ. “Fake it ‘till you make it” is a popular saying to quote when we’re in the midst of a trial or adversity. But, I don’t like that term. Jesus didn’t die to give us fake victory. When He was raised and seated at the right hand of the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to reside within every believer. The Holy Spirit is our Helper. He equips us with tools and strategies necessary, and empowers us to live victoriously. Jesus took back the authority that was handed over to the devil in the garden by Adam, and gave it back to the church. It’s ours; we just have to walk it out.
LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. This is good to know. Our tongue can be our best friend or our worst enemy. If we haven’t realized it by now, it’s about His timing and about us being in agreement with Him no matter the circumstances. Easier said than done, but it gets easier when we determine that we are going fully submit to Him no matter what it looks like. Kenneth Hagan once said, “If you determine you’re going to stand forever, you won’t have to stand very long.” Back to the power of tongue. So many Christians sabotage their faith with their words. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But, for some Christians, seeing is believing. So, by that logic, they can’t believe what they don’t see, and out of the abundance of their hearts they speak doubt and unbelief. Faith and doubt cannot coexist.
IMITATORS OF CHRIST
Ephesians 5:1 tells us that we are to be imitators of Christ. Can you imagine what it would have looked like if Jesus would have griped and complained when the Spirit led Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? It wouldn’t have been a very effective model for the rest of us. We are Christ’s ambassadors. How can we expect anyone to want what we have when our actions aren’t any different than the rest of the world’s? During a recent Power and Love conference, Robbie Dawkins said something that really impacted me. He said one of the most frequently asked questions he received was, “How do I know the specific calling on my life?” He said everyone’s calling is to preach the gospel, cast out demons, heal the sick, etc.I’m paraphrasing, but you get the point. He said that when we make the great commission our mission, doors will begin to fly open. We are to occupy. Don’t bury your talents until you hear the audible voice of God. We have already been commissioned. We know what to do until we receive further instruction. No matter what our specific calling is or when we finally step into it, as believers we can manifest Jesus whenever and wherever we go. Everyone faces trials, but Christians should respond better than the world. I’m not saying bad days won’t come; I’m saying that we should walk in such a way that the rest of the world can’t tell. When people see that we don’t respond the way the rest of the world responds to bad news, trials and tribulations, they will notice that there is something different about us. The world doesn’t want religion. It doesn’t need people judging them because they sin differently than we do. Roman’s 8:19 “For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.” So, if you’re waiting, just begin to praise Him for who He is and what He has done. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”