Sometimes the most difficult thing for a believer to do is be still and wait for God. We always want to fix things or make something happen. If you were to admit it, you would have to agree, most of the time we mess things up more than we fix them if we fail to wait.
I have learned that waiting for God to repair things or open doors isn’t easy but it is the only way. When my wife and I started seeing each other after being divorced for two years, convincing her I was a different man wasn’t something I could do. I had to trust God to show her and he did, eventually. My part while waiting for God was to keep doing what I knew to do, until he showed her I meant business. What was that you might ask? Well, there were two things. One was becoming a man of my word and the other was learning to take things slow.
Romans seven reveals to us what it looks like when someone tries with everything they have to live for God in their own strength or power. We find out it is impossible. We all inevitably come to the same place, “the good that I want to do I can’t do and the evil I don’t want to do I keep doing” and we, like Paul, cry out “who will deliver me from this?” The answer is given in verse 25 and he is Jesus. Notice the question is who not what will deliver me, it is a person and not just any person; it is only Jesus that can deliver you. After all he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Since watching God put my marriage back together I now practice being still and letting God do what only he can do. Waiting on the Lord to act sometimes is difficult, but once you witness him do miraculous things in your life you discover that waiting is the way to go.
There are many examples of people in the Bible who had to wait, some of them for years. I’ll share one with you. In Genesis God promises to make Abram into a great nation, and bless him and make his name great; you probably know the story. Abram had to wait for a long time so he and his wife Sarah, became impatient. They decided they were not going to wait any longer and Abram fathered a child with Sarah’s handmaiden Hagar. The result of their impatience was Ishmael, which became the father of an enemy that the descendants of Abram are still fighting to this day.
Waiting isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun, but we all have to do it. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 40:31 “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.” By the way, my wife and I were remarried and it was worth the wait.
Written by Louie