Thursday, November 1, 2012

3 things to do while waiting on God

If there is one thing people in our generation hate to do, it is to wait. And why should we? We can Google questions rather than wait for an answer. We can order shoes online rather than suffer the long weekend lines at the retail store. We can even book reservations ahead of time rather than waiting for a table at our favorite establishment. We can email or text instead of taking the time, fight traffic to meet with someone for a face to face conversation.

Waiting is hard. And yet this is one of the principal ways we are called to live with God.

Here are three things to do from Psalm 37 while waiting on God:

1. Trust in the goodness of God vs.3
The fact that the answer to your prayer did not come, or the disappoint of  things not working out seems unbearable, does not signify that God is distant or uncaring. God is good. Nothing can happen to you today, good or bad, that has not already passed through God's hand. Isn't that a naive thing to say? No.
 God is good--when things work out, and even when things are challenging. Here's a helpful verse: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13 ESV) God will always give us His best!

2. Commit your way to the Lord vs.5
Commit your way to The Lord, trust also in Him and he will act.
Instead of rushing ahead with our plans, and we do this because we despise ambiguity and pain, commit your plans to God. Pray about the direction you are thinking of taking. Before you sign that deal, commit to marry that person, buy that car, leave that job, walk away from your family, go to God in prayer and He will show you the path that is best.

3. Be still before the Lord and do not fret vs. 7
In Hebrew, the word charah means to be hot, furious, boiling and frothy. This is what happens inside us when we are impatient and in need of immediate solutions. Instead we are told to take a "chill pill." Power down from anxiety by resting in the Lord. Rest in the knowledge that God is at work.

This all comes down to faith in God or faith in self. The outcomes are stark depending on where one lodges one's faith.

What's the hardest thing about waiting?