What To Do While You Wait

Eagle Isaiah 40v31 KJV  Isa.40:31 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.
Psa.27:14 Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Have you ever noticed some of the things people do while they wait? For instance, when waiting on an elevator, we keep pressing the button. It doesn’t help. Or when stuck in a traffic jam, we honk the horn. It won’t help. When waiting on line, we try going from line to line. Stay put. And when we’re put on hold for a long period of time, we hang up and try again. Bad move.
And some of the more mindless things we do while we wait: we suck our teeth, sigh, tap our feet, pace back and forth, hum, whistle, even pick our nose (yes, I’ve seen that!)–all of these things are done for one reason, and one reason alone–we are IMPATIENT! WE JUST DON’T LIKE TO WAIT! Almost to a person, we want what we want when we want it; and that’s usually right now or yesterday.

Waiting is an unavoidable part of life. Its one of those things that everyone has to do whether they want to or not. Some would go so far as to call it a necessary evil. Necessary, yes. Evil? I don’t think so. Patience needs to worked out in our lives. We need to let it happen; and let God do it.
Ja.1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Yet, our impatience persists. And what about God? We’ve prayed, but He has not answered. He’s promised, but hasn’t responded. We’ve prayed some more, but no breakthrough seems near. What to do? Wait. The very thing we don’t want to do, is the very thing we’re commanded to do. The danger is that even while we wait on the Lord, we begin to do things that we should not do. While we wait on God we tend to:

Wonder
We begin to question. Did God hear me? Does He care? How long Lord? We have to be careful not to question God’s tactics and timing.
Psa.34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Eccl.3:11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time…

God promises to do what needs to be done at the proper time…His time.

Waver
We begin to doubt. Doubt is an indication of a lack of faith. Faithlessness prevented the Israelites from entering the promised land. It prevented many people in Jesus’ own hometown from receiving the fullness of what He provided. And it will not help you as you wait on God.
James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Wither
We get tired and weary. This in turn causes us to lose heart, and then we’re tempted to give up.
Gal.6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
The principle here is not to give up doing the right thing. Waiting on the Lord is the right thing.

So how should we wait on the Lord, and what should we do while we wait?
Stand firm
1 Cor.15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Don’t be moved by what you see or experience. Stand your ground.
Take courage
Buckle up; don’t be afraid. It may be a bumpy ride.
Trust
Believe that the Lord already has it worked out; class is still in session. There are still things to be learned.
Expect
This is the proper attitude. We are to wait in hope. Hope in the bible is never an ‘I hope so’ kind of hope; but is always an ‘I know so’ kind of hope. One is insecure; the other is assured.
Praise
Praise is blessing Him for what He has done–even if I don’t see it. This keeps me in His presence while helping to keep the enemy in his place.

What can be expected when I wait this way?
Added strength
…he shall strengthen thine heart
Renewed strength
…they that wait…shall renew their strength. God will restore and revitalize, and refresh your old strength.
The ability to soar above the situation
God wants us to see our unique circumstances from His perspective.The eagle’s strength lies in its wings, and He will give us new feathers.
The ability to move forward
…they shall run, and not be weary…they shall walk and not faint. Our forward motion will not be impeded with the strength that comes from Him.
Waiting teaches us to trust God and rely upon Him. No matter how long it takes, we can rest in Him and His Word.

That’s The Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

The Art of Sight: Not Looking at What You Can See-And Seeing What You Can’t

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While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor.4:18)

So there it is. You’re faced with what looks like an impossible situation. There is no way around it. No need to downplay it. The situation is bad. It is a bonafide crisis. It feels as if things couldn’t get any worse. The more you think about it, the more it brings you down; and you can’t help but see it, because it just won’t go away.

Whether you’re seeing what looks like insurmountable circumstances, an onslaught of too many bills and not enough money, or just dealing with unsaved loved ones, there is a greatly overlooked principle in scripture, that if gotten hold of and applied by faith, will bring peace and a great measure of relief from whatever it is that you just can’t seem to get around.

The apostle Paul held no punches when it came to speaking about the things he had suffered for the name of Christ. He was never ashamed about it and did not become bitter concerning his trials. Rather, he considered himself blessed and humbled that Christ would use him the way He did.

What were some of the things Paul suffered while laboring for the advancement of the gospel? Let’s take a look at 2 Cor.11:23-27: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Did you get all of that? This man was beaten eight times, stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked three times, and it goes on and on. How was your day? The things this man endured were unparalleled when compared to others, and yet for all of this and more, this is what he had to say: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (2Cor.4:17). Light affliction? Really? Is that what he calls it?  You see, Paul knew that nothing is as bad as it could be, because he knew he was in God’s plan and in God’s hand. He’s saying that hard times won’t last forever and that they are producing in us something greater than what we can comprehend. How was he able to see everything in the light of eternity? Paul had mastered the art of sight. He was able to see the things he couldn’t and not see the things he could. Yes, you read that right. An art is defined as ‘a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice’. Paul had learned through repeated trials and testings, not to see the difficulties before him. He did not ignore them or keep his head in the clouds as if they did not exist. He simply did not allow the things he saw to remove his vision from that which was greater. Look at what he said: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: Paul surmised that what he could see was only temporary, and he would not be deterred by them. The things which were not tangible, but real nonetheless, were the things he chose, and needed to focus on. Things like God’s grace, mercy and power. We cannot put our hands on these things, but by faith we grasp them and do not let them out of our sight.

The art of sight. Have you mastered it? Have I?  At the time he wrote 2 Corinthians, Paul had been in ministry for over thirty years. For him, it had been a nearly life long process.  I cannot imagine it would be any different for us. As we go through difficult times, our prayer should be, ‘Lord, strengthen me to keep my eyes on you.’

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace!

That’s The Word! Take it with you. God bless you.