Waiting On Him
Written by: Brianna Williamson
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Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
- Psalm 27:14
God’s omniscience amazes me. Thinking about our God being all-knowing is something that truly leaves me in awe. He knows all things, down to the tiniest of details.
If we know that God knows everything, shouldn’t that make it easier to trust Him and His timing?
Well, being human, it’s easy to forget about God’s knowledge of ALL things and that He is outside of our version of time. More often than not, I end up thinking up all kinds of solutions or ways I can take control of a situation when a circumstance arises. Even when I do pause and ask God what He has to say, I find it really hard to be still and listen for an answer. To be honest, I don’t think I always necessarily want to hear His answer and I get frustrated when I feel I haven’t “heard” anything within my predicted timeline.
Truly waiting on God and following His guidance can be difficult! When things don’t go how we envision them, we often want to ask why but I encourage you to ask instead, “God, what is Your will in this situation?”
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. - James 1:5-6
The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. - Lamentations 3:25
Waiting on God takes knowing Him, trusting Him, and having faith that He is who He says He is.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. - Psalm 27:14
Waiting on God takes patience and courage. This means enduring circumstances that may be difficult for us, forbearing, and choosing to confront pain and uncertainty.
When thinking about waiting on God and following His plan, I am reminded of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prayed to the Father asking Him to take away His cup of suffering, His sentence to go to the cross, if He could (Matthew 26:39). Jesus bared His true feelings to the Father and was waiting there to hear if he still had to go to the cross. I think Jesus probably already knew that answer, but I love the example set in letting us know that God still sees us and cares about our feelings even in those moments. He will sit with us and guide us through our emotions if we are willing to be vulnerable and surrender them to Him. Those moments are the ones in which God can give us the strength and hope to continue waiting on His will. The life of Jesus also shows us that the Father really is trustworthy and all-knowing. God had a plan and even more good things to come after Jesus’ crucifixion. He knows the best possible outcome even if we can’t see it ourselves. Those times in prayer in our waiting seasons grow our relationship with Him and prepare us for responding in His will when the time does come.
The Father, through His Son Jesus, understands what it is like to deal with waiting and choosing the difficult thing because it is the best choice. Remember, we will never truly be alone in our waiting, especially if we take it all to Him and surrender everything at His feet. God truly loves us and wants what is best. He knows everything and has even more planned for us than we could ever imagine! So, continually surrender all things to Him and choose to trust in Him completely and He will guide you through.
1. Are you currently waiting on God for something? List all the things you have been asking God about recently.
2. If you haven't already, set aside some time to ask God what His will is in those situations.
3. In what ways can you further surrender your timeline and desired outcomes to Him?
Dear Lord, it can be so difficult to wait on You. I easily forget how much You love me. You love me so much that You would never withhold any good thing. If You have not provided it, I would not benefit from having it in this season. There is purpose in waiting on You and I ask You to continue to help me remember that every day. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.
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