Are you at your wits end? Were you ready for a breakthrough about a week ago? Now here you are, waiting… and waiting… still no change and the pressure is rising. Why hasn’t God done something? How much longer can you take this?
As I write this blog, my daughter is one day late on giving birth to my sixth grandchild. She has never been late! In fact, she is either “on time” or early. But now, here she is a day late, ready to pop with no contractions or signs of giving birth. Needless to say, she is ready! These are the times when our patience can run out. Or worse yet, when there is pain and suffering and nothing seems to be happening. Then what? How are Christians to handle the waiting game?
Avoid Marking the Calendar
2 Peter 3:8 – But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
It’s important to remember that God’s timing is very different than ours. In fact, He is outside of time and space which means He has a much bigger perspective of our situation. One of the primary problems we face when it comes to “waiting” is marking our own calendar. In other words, we determine what is an appropriate time frame for things to be resolved and if they aren’t, we run out of patience. We like to estimate when something should change and if it doesn’t, we assume God isn’t loving or faithful. When in reality, the time clock that was set by us, creating false expectations, ultimately leading to disappointment.
Knowing that God’s timing will often be very different than ours, it is important we keep a perspective that is limited to one day at a time. Anything beyond that will only be a setup for disappointment. This means that we also need to encourage each other to “not go there” when it comes to the marking your calendar trap. I realize this is hard, especially when pain is involved. But if you work on keeping focused on today, it will go a long way in helping you avoid coming to the end of your rope.
Be Diligent in Prayer
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When the struggles of life hit, we are immediately tempted to try to figure things out. This is both normal and appropriate! God gave you a brain and he wants you to use it. But when we are lost for answers and the struggles continue, anxiety will often take place. These are the times when God says it’s time to pray it out rather than figure it out. In other words, God will supernaturally meet you in your struggle when you turn to Him. He even promises to provide peace when nothing changes. But the key is to be diligent in prayer, making it a place for your constant attention.
Pain is a deceptive thing, giving the impression that relief is only available if it is removed. But God can actually provide relief (i.e. peace) even if the painful situation hasn’t been resolved. Yes, it is important to avoid marking your calendar, but it is equally important to be diligent in prayer asking God to meet you in a personal way (see my blog post, 2 Reasons Why Prayer is a Waste of Time).
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