WHEN WAITING WEARS YOU OUT!
Nothing is more excruciating than feeling as though you have come to the end of the rope with waiting on God. If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times, "Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and He will strengthen thine heart." Ps. 27:14 While there must be some merit to it, when you are going through the process of waiting for long periods of time, you can eventually run out of faith fuel. Have you run out of faith fuel? If the answer is yes, then let's look at how you've run out of faith fuel, and what you can do to re-fill your tank and persevere in faith with expectation. Just so you'll know that you are not alone in this, I must admit that I have been in this place so many times before. If I am not careful, I can easily slip back into that place of despair and risk running low on my faith fuel.
One of the reasons people fall into despair while waiting on God is because of the fear of not getting what they've prayed for. Let's be honest, why pray for something that you really don't want or need. The thought of not getting that prayer request answered affirmitively can zap the life force out of your expectation of God coming through as promised. If you have been waiting on God to deliver on His word, then the first thing that you will need to do is ask yourself if you really believe what God says? Seriously, there are instances when we believe with our heads but not with our hearts. If you are a Christian walking in faith, I could pretty much bet you can say with confidence that you believe what God says. But I think we all have to re-assess whether or not we believe "who" God is. The waiting process is used to help us learn how to believe who God is. Is God believable? Because if He is, then it would make sense for us to believe what He says. There's a text of scripture that says, "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19 This text speaks of God's reliability, immutability, and sustainability. There's not much in this world we can rely upon, but God can be counted on to do what He says because that's who He is. Do you know who He is? This helps me to understand that if God gave me the assurance that He will answer, then the answer will come. The answer will come because God can be depended upon. But what gets in the way with our faith is God's timing. We become weary in waiting because God's timing does not line up with our timing. Sometimes years will pass before God reveals the answer to our prayer. So, in the meantime, we have to bear down on what we know and believe about God and let that knowledge of Him be sufficient. It is hard to do. But remember, it is all about whether or not you really believe God is who He says He is.
Believing God takes us out of the natural into the spiritual realm. Because faith is an indispensable necessity and cannot be quantified, it takes Divine assistance to help us rise to the level of faith that is necessary for the manifestation of that blessing. Unfortunately, it is in adversity where our faith is tried and tested. How you are able to rise to the next level of faith during a test or trial is relying solely on who God is and what He has said in His word. As the psalmist, David said, "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against thee." Ps. 119:11 You have to hide the word of God in your heart on a daily basis. You have to plant the word of God in your heart as you would seeds into soil. Without God's word in your heart, you will not have anything to draw from when you run out of natural fuel. See, spiritual fuel is God's word, and if your heart is not filled with His word, your faith fuel will run low if not out. Aside from answers to our prayers and God gifting us with the blessings of heaven, God desires you to desire Him. When we take time to get to know Him in His word, He demonstrates that our love and knowledge of Him is growing and being strengthened day by day. So make sure you get His Word inside you by any means necessary.
Another n--essity in replenishing your faith fuel is understanding what made it run low or out in the first place. One way you run low is when you allow thoughts of doubt to use up energy stores you can use for replenishing rather than depleting. When you entertain thoughts of doubt, you categorically put yourself in the frame of mind of impossibility. The moment you entertain the impossibility of getting your prayers answered, the moment you will see God as one who does not or will not keep His word with you. This is exactly what the enemy (Satan) wants you to do. He wants you to doubt that God is able to keep His word. It is incumbent upon you to dispel of any thoughts of doubt. If you have been plagued with thoughts of doubt, then begin by asking yourself how true those thoughts really are? The next thing you can do is ask yourself where the thoughts will lead you, and is that place where you are trying to go? If the answer is no (which I hope), then ask yourself what thoughts will take you to the place you'd like to be? There's a perfect scripture to help you with that. Let's look at Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
Meditating on this text is excellent for redirecting your thoughts about God and about what He is accomplishing in your life. What we must understand about God is He is more concerned about who we are becoming in Him rather than what we want from Him. If your desire is to become complete in Christ Jesus, then you (and me) must be okay with God accomplishing His will in our lives on His own timing.
Speaking of timing, let's get back to being weary while you wait. The last thing I'd like to share with you (and as a reminder to myself) is we have to believe that God has our best interest at heart. This truth goes hand in hand with what we believe about God. When we honestly believe that God has our best interest at heart, it will help put things in perspective about waiting. See, we become weary when we start relying on our own strength and trying to manifest what we want based on what we know or what skill or expertise we have. This is problematic because what we believe we have may not be God's "best" for us. God's best (strength) is made perfect in our weakness. So, waiting becomes a joyful experience when we believe that God will bring to pass His very best for us. I am going to stop here because I want you to meditate on God's love for you in giving you His very best. Do not become weary in waiting, because when you believe God is who He says He is, and He means what He says, and He has your best interest at heart, you can rest assured that He who promise is faithful to perform that which He has given His word! Be encouraged and allow nothing to zap your faith fuel in becoming weary in waiting!
Make this your BEST day ever!