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Day 11

Waiting can be immensely painful; We get annoyed with lengthy queue’s for essentials or get frustrated by long red lights, delayed responses..
But we especially don’t like waiting on GOD & of all the commands of Scripture, this is one of the hardest to obey..
But, waiting on the LORD isn’t a passive activity, it is an act of FAITH..!
Most people tend to act in one of two ways while waiting on a promise from God. Some of us try to jump ahead of God and make things happen ourselves. Others literally put their life on hold, sitting around passively until something happens. But, neither of these approaches are helpful. Not only that, none of them are what God intended for us..
God wants us to know that waiting is far from a passive activity in which we do nothing. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God wants us to actively participate in the work He desires to accomplish..
Waiting cultivates good fruit in in our lives such as patience, perseverance, and endurance..
Practical things to do while waiting on God that will bring growth in your faith, relationships, and personal well-being..
1. Believe that the God who saved you hears your cries (Micah 7:7).
The cross is our guarantee that God is for us and is committed to give us everything we would ask for if we knew everything He knew. We can be content with that and wait patiently for His answers..
2. Watch with expectancy, but be prepared for unexpected answers (Psalm 5:3).
Growing in humility means pride has to be done away with. Learning to love like Jesus requires us to say no to self’s constant demand for selfish ambition, wanting our own way, and putting ourselves first. Growing in patience inevitably involves some form of waiting, whether in a long line at the grocery store or a lifetime for a loved one to come to Christ. When we lay our requests before Him, it is by faith that we wait and watch in anticipation of God’s good work in us and others..
3. Put your hope in His Word (Psalm 130:5-6).
We can be tempted to put our hope in things that may disappoint us in the end. We can hope a doctor will heal us, a teacher will pass us, a spouse will love us, our employer will reward us, or a friend will help us. But it is only when we put our hope in Christ that we can wait with confidence and know we will not be put to shame..
It seems that God allows us to experience disappointments in life to teach us that nothing else will truly satisfy or provide us with a firm foundation to stand upon. God’s Word alone is unshakable. We can wait for the Lord knowing that, no matter how dark the night is, His light will break through in our lives, bringing abundant joy through a more intimate relationship with Christ..
4. Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Why is it so tempting for us to depend on our own wisdom rather than the wisdom of our all-wise God? What makes us think that we know better than He does what is best for us? Scripture speaks clearly about how to live life abundantly forever with Christ; yet, all too easily, we justify our sin, declare distasteful commands irrelevant, and do what is right in our own eyes. Seasons of waiting reveal where we are placing our trust..
5. Resist fretting, refrain from anger, be still, and choose patience (Psalm 37:7-8).
It’s easy to say we trust God, but our response to delays, frustrations, and difficult situations exposes where we are actually placing our hope.
Are we convinced God is listening?
Do we believe He’s good?
Do we doubt He really cares about us?
When we choose to wait quietly and trustingly, we not only honor God but encourage others to put their hope in Him as well..
6. Be strong and take courage (Psalm 27:13-14; 31:24).
The biggest battles in long seasons of waiting is fighting fear and all its buddies like anxiety, fretfulness, and worry. A voice in our head asks, What if this happens? What if God doesn’t answer my prayers? It is the gospel that has taught us that enduring strength and courage will never be found in ourselves but in Christ. We are empowered to be courageous.
Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Ever. He is Immanuel, God with us. That’s a promise that will sustain us while we wait for answers to prayer..
7. See it as an opportunity to experience God’s goodness (Psalm 27:13; Lamentations 3:25).
When my focus is on my problems and what God has or has not given me, I am prone to grumbling, complaining, discontentment, bitterness, and selfishness. For those who have eyes to see, seasons of waiting offer countless opportunities to witness God at work in and through us for our eternal good and His glory..
8. Wait for God’s promise instead of going your own way (Acts 1:4).
God’s goodness is promised for those who wait patiently for Him! No matter how long. Regardless of how hopeless things appear to us. Even when it seems to cost us everything. “God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to His power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). When we wait for Him, we will never be disappointed..
9. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2).
Another temptation we face when God does not seem to be answering our prayers is to stop praying, stop expecting Him to act, while giving way to a spirit of cynicism (unbelief), rather than thanking God for who He is and all He has done for us. While God may not answer in our timing or in the way we expect, He will accomplish His good purposes in our lives when we wait for Him and persevere in prayer..
10. Remember the blessings yet to come (Isaiah 30:18).
During long (or even short) seasons of waiting, our hearts will be encouraged to remember that the best is yet to come!
“Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent”…..”(John‬ ‭6:29‬)

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