Friday, March 11, 2016

Waiting on the Lord

Patience… Have patience they say. But I want it now!
We humans are prone to be demanding and ungrateful. We pound our fists and kick our feet when the Father does not give us what we want. We are spiritual toddlers. Unlike the spiritual infant, we can now walk, talk, and throw tantrums. We fall down often and run into things, but ultimately we need to master our bratty behavior.
Attitude adjustment needed. Mindset needs to change.
Our flesh is impulsive and needy. We often forget that the Lord tells us several things that we should use to calm and remind ourselves of His love when we are feeling “bratty”;

Isaiah 40:11- “The Lord cares for his nation, just as shepherds care for their flocks. He carries the lambs in his arms, while gently leading the mother sheep.”
Our Father cares for us- Whether you are young or old, man or woman, spiritual infant or wise disciple. No matter what, the Lord cares for you. He even carries the lambs in His arms! If you can’t walk it out, He will carry you! What a loving and merciful God we serve that He would show us this kind of unconditional love no matter what. This verse alone calms my spiritual temper tantrum quickly.
Deuteronomy 8:7- “The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land with streams that flow from springs in the valleys and hills”.
He is bringing us into His goodness- Remember that this verse shows us we may not be aware of the blessings we are being led to. It seems like we have been waiting forever for things to “happen” for us. We want that job we have been waiting for, or the house we have been dreaming of. Right here where we are at just does not seem as appealing as where we want to go! But we can’t teleport from one position to another in life and satisfy our impulsive nature. We have to journey with the Lord. This develops character and prepares us for the blessings He has for us. He will always have perfect timing.
Ecclesiastes 8:6- “Life is hard, but there is a time and place for everything,”
This is so true… Life is hard. It could be worse. There is always a person out there who has it harder than you do. When we want to throw a fit… think to yourself… “Could this be worse?” Then try to find one positive thing that may have happened because of it. God knows what he is doing. I mean… He is God. His timing is perfect. Understand that He loves you and knows what is best for you; because you really don’t know what is best for yourself. You might know what is good, but God knows what is best.
Isaiah 55:9- “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.”
He understands and knows why- That means TRUST HIM. He is always working things out for our good, behind the scenes or in front of our faces. We may not always understand why things are happening the way they are, or why they are taking sooooooooo long… But what is important is that we know the Lord loves us and wants good things for us. So this is where the trusting Him part comes in. Yes… He knows you wanted it yesterday… That thing you have been praying for. He has heard your cries, caught your tears, felt your frustration… He knows about it! He knows everything! So rest assured in the Lord, knowing He has you covered and we don’t have a mind capable of understanding his ways or thoughts. Just accept it. It is way easier than trying to know all (which we can’t even do). Patience my friend!
Hopefully these verses help you through the next tough waiting period you experience. Waiting on the Lord may seem long suffering, but I promise you that is what develops our faith! God is so good and what He has planned for you is so much better than anything you could dream up on your own! Rest assured he has your back and is coordinating things behind the scenes. Before you get mad, meditate on these verses and ask the Lord to comfort you as you wait in contentment.
Have your ear open to listen to His voice when He tells you it is time to move.
It is important to realize there is a difference between waiting on the Lord and being lazy.
He will provide you everything you need for the journey and tell you where to go.
Your heart has to be open, ready to listen to His instruction.

Get ready to move your feet on the walk with Jesus. 

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