When Hope Seems Lost
Day 2: We Wait.
No one enjoys waiting. I certainly don’t.
Sit at the light five seconds after it turns green and you’ll hear the blaring horn of the car behind you.
Fifteen minutes in the fast-food drive through or grocery line and we are fidgeting and growing increasingly impatient.
It’s easy to view waiting as a sadistic form of delayed gratification instead of the beautiful gift it is. Waiting is having a front row seat to your miracle.
So what’s the purpose of waiting? Difficult seasons sap us of our strength, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Waiting is where we are revived and our fading hopes renewed.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Waiting is not where we attempt to solve our problems ourselves but is the opportunity to give them to the problem solver then be utterly amazed.
Much like Naomi advised Ruth “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.” Ruth 3:18. Read this incredible story.
Waiting is especially hard when it seems others are getting their miracles while we feel stuck in a holding pattern.
“She’s” getting her breakthrough or healing. Her marriage is being restored. She’s being blessed financially. Her business is booming. Her children are thriving.
It’s easy to get tempted during these moments to take matters into our own hands and run ahead of God.
Samuel told King Saul to wait but in a panic and impatience he didn’t and it cost him dearly. 1 Sam 13:13-14
Please know that “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lam 3:25
Even though all you can see are your present troubles, God is preparing your future “Behold I am making all things new.” Rev 1:5
Waiting gives God space to work on your behalf. “For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Hab 1:5 He’s about to blow your mind!
Waiting is obedience and faith in action. Faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
Why? Because it’s in your waiting you will witness the promise and proof of what you are hoping for and all you don’t yet see. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isa 30:18
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isa 64:4
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Ps 33:20-22
“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command. 1 Sam 13:13 – 14