When The Waiting Gets Tough, The Tough Get Patient

Young man traveler sitting with using mobile phone choose where to travel and bag waiting for train at train station.backpacker at the train station and looking on mobile phone for plan to travel.What are your marching orders in this season? Is it, “Run hard and fast?” Or, “Wait.” I’m in the latter category.  Like a runner waiting for the signal that the race is on, I want to run. The waiting feels like it’s taking forever. Waiting can be one of the hardest things to do. I’d much rather roll up my sleeves and get to work. But God keeps saying, “Wait. Trust My timing. I will determine when it’s time to run.” If you’re waiting too, I hope to encourage you with some things that have helped me:

Taking Time To Remember That God keeps His promises.  Jeremiah 1:12 says,

I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

It’s easy to grow discouraged and believe the lie that God has forgotten about us. The truth is, God is working behind the scenes even when we can’t see it. It’s easy in the pauses of life to fear that God will leave us in the waiting room forever. Psalm 138:8 reassures us that, “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me.” He doesn’t get distracted and forget about us. He doesn’t decide we’re not worth the effort. He will never leave us or forsake us.

What have you been praying and waiting for? Revival? A prodigal to come home? To walk in your calling? Maybe you’ve been praying for freedom in an area of your life. Or for healing in a relationship. Or breakthrough in your finances. You’ve been clinging to God’s promises, but you’re still in the waiting room. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

I was recently in this place. Then unbelief, disappointment and discouragement came knocking. The temptation to yield to “having a form of godliness but denying its power” was strong. There’s no place on earth that’s more pitiful. It’s the land of lukewarm. Those who abide there don’t enjoy the pleasures of the world or the blessings of God’s kingdom.  The fire of their faith has been snuffed out. I stood on the edge of that place. I cried out to God, “Lord, I feel like I’ve been drowning, and now the fight has gone out of me. I can’t fight anymore. Please help me!”

“Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

So many times when I’ve faced discouragement, the book, This Day We Fight! by Francis Frangipane has encouraged me. He writes:

“If you have a vision or promise from God, that vision also has a time of fulfillment. Though it tarries, wait for it. For it will certainly come to pass at the appointed time. Prior to the unveiling of an appointed time, God will have been actively working in hiddenness. When He rises and moves, He is moving the power grid He has already laid in secret. The work is revealed suddenly, but the preparation may have taken years…you may look at your life and feel unfruitful. But God is not done with you yet…One may argue, “But I know people who were good Christians who have fallen away.” Yes, but in most cases you will find that, at some point, they fell into deep disappointment about some failed spiritual expectation. Disappointment is not just a sad, emotional state of mind; it actually can sever our hearts from faith. It is the enemy’s work. Demonically manipulated disappointment can actually “dis-appoint” a person from God’s destiny for their lives.” -End quote-

This is where I found myself. The vision was beginning to fade. Passivity and discouragement were looming over me. Then I remembered Joshua 1:9:

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

I knew that I couldn’t afford to let discouragement and disappointment remain. I found encouragement in remembering that the men and women of old who were commended for their faith had two traits that carried them through:

Faith and patience working together. The Bible says,

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promisedSo do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” (Hebrews 6:11-12;10:35-39)

These men and women didn’t put a deadline on how long they were willing to wait for God. So, how long did they wait? Abraham and Sara waited 25 years. Moses was on the back side of the desert for 40 years. Noah waited 100 years to see that the ark would save his family. Some of the men and women in the hall of faith, “were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.” Their faith stood firm because they didn’t put a deadline on seeing the fulfillment of God’s promises. Giving in to disappointment and discouragement is a choice. We don’t have to go there. By faith we can choose to believe that there is purpose in the waiting. Isaiah 49:23 says,

“I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

Are you waiting to see the fulfillment of a promise God has made? This too shall pass. God is faithful. He is working even when you can’t see it. Be strong, take heart and wait for your God. He will surely come…

Arlene

 

3 thoughts on “When The Waiting Gets Tough, The Tough Get Patient

  1. vcabinbevcommnet April 22, 2020 / 10:47 pm

    Thank you, Arlene!

    Perfect timing !! you are a beautiful writer and encourager !! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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