Waiting on God – It’s hard!
It’s a bold statement, nonetheless, I believe that waiting on God seems to be a big challenge for many Christians. Yes, me and mine most definitely included. Perhaps some of you, don’t share this struggle. It would be nice to be able to have that kind of Godly peace that God will do as He promised, even if it’s not what we’d hope for. One thing that the Lord has shown me is that we are a culture of Christians that wait on God – like we wait on the Amazon delivery guy. Like, get it next delivery. Or, same day delivery if you order by 2 pm. We wait like we wait on UPS, USPS, FedEx. We expect God to arrive in a nice neat package with answers to all our prayers. We wait on Him for direction. We wait for signs from heaven. And we get this image in our brain detailing the details on how God will orchestrate the answer we desire.
Yet, when Jesus came to earth He came through a couple that couldn’t even get a room at the inn for the wife to give birth. He was born in the most unlikely place-a stable. Why? He came to earth and His own did not recognize Him. They killed the One they could not understand or accept.
God could have sent His Son in full splendor. Yet – He didn’t.
And still we wait on God through the established, acceptable means. We find answers in a New York Times bestseller book. A highly sought after “anointed” speaker. A top hit single. Yes, God can shows up in these places to connect with His people, or does He?
A recognized authority can sell us a product as truly inspirational, direct from God, he or she says – and we believe it. And as soon as the next crisis occurs we need yet to see a bigger, better answer to our prayer. What brought us through the previous crisis is not sufficient to meet the new crisis. Why is that? If God’s grace is sufficient, it should be sufficient in all things, at all times.
Joel 2:28 (NKJV)
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
We know that Jesus came to earth to fulfill prophesy – we know that He will return again. Mark 13:26 (NKJV)
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
We know that at any hour the Lord will take believers out of this world.
Matthew 24:40-41 (NKJV)
“Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.”
So why do we keep Jesus in a box? Why do we only look for Jesus in the church? Why do we blame “distractions” when it’s the desires of our heart that lead us astray – that lead us away from the things of God?
The church is a body of believers prepared to share the gospel…not a physical building full of do’s and don’ts. Please…
“Do be still and wait on God.” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV) “Be still, and know that I am God…”
“Don’t grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9)