I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I came across this verse last night, while reading a fantastic devotional. I love when my quiet time matches perfectly with what I am going through. I’ve been in a period of waiting for some time now. I am seeing mountains move and situations being put in order, but the waiting period can definitely be a confusing and frustrating one.
It can be filled with moments where everything seems out of place, and the events in your life feel contradictory to the plan. Interestingly enough, God ordains all the moments to point toward the plan he has for you. Jeremiah 29:11 shares that he knows the plan. We’ve heard the verse so many times before, but it’s still reassuring to hear that He KNOWS the plan. It’s already in His will. It’s already being put in place. As much as we want to argue and think it’s not true, your hopeful plan is already in the works. It’s happening. God is moving. That is a fact declared in His word.
So, once we accept that truth, where do we go?
What do we do in the wait?
Tell others about the truth.
While God is putting everything together for your good (Romans 8:28), we need to live our life fully knowing that truth and furthering the Kingdom of God. Here comes my favorite verse…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
We won’t necessarily understand what he’s doing, but in the anticipation, submit everything to Him, and He will put everything in order. Don’t walk away because of the difficulty and miss what He has for you. Stay faithful.
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
It’s coming! This time period is not wasted. It’s a learning experience. You are in training. God is putting in place the people that need to be in your life and He is guiding you through the experiences necessary to build your faith. He is also longing for you to dig deep into His word, so that you are equipt with the knowledge and wisdom necessary to do His work. Also, He’s calling you daily to be fisher’s of men (Matthew 4:18-22) and to tell the world about Him. How else will they find the treasure that you have in Christ?
This song explains it perfectly: