Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. -Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. -Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
God knows you’ve been very patiently waiting for that breakthrough. You’ve been weathering and persevering. Your flesh wants to give up and pack it up. But I urge you to please hang in there.
Over and over in Scripture, people step away from faith in God’s promises and plans and timing, and take matters into their own hands. It’s easy to see why. Your eyes and mind don’t see any change or hope on the horizon. Nothing’s changing. Why would things be different in the future?
Inevitably, when we take matters into our own hands, consequences and complications ensue, and we go down a different path than we could have, if we’d only waited for God. Abram slept with his servant Hagar to “help” God fulfill His promise of Sarai (who was barren) having a child (Genesis 16:2). King Saul didn’t wait for Samuel to arrive before charging into battle (1 Samuel 13:7-14). And so on and so on.
Just like believing in a Savior we’ve never met in person, we can choose to believe in His plans and promises and timing. He never promised we wouldn’t have hard times, but He does promise His steadfast and unfailing love, from cover to cover of the bible.
But wait actively, not passively. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open and receptive to the urging, nudging, or outright shoving of the Holy Spirit for direction. Pray for direction. Ask God to show you the way, and thank Him for continuing to do so. He’ll never abandon you, and will bless your obedience and faith!
“It’s Not Over Yet” by For King and Country goes out to all who are hurting and suffering, encouraging us to hang in there and hang onto the Lord!