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This week on the PI Girl Talk Facebook page, a PI Girl asked for prayer for strength in the waiting seasons. Waiting and patience are not hard, but long suffering is an attribute of Christ and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Waiting on God doesn’t sound fun or exciting, but the Bible has promised us that when we wait on God, He renews our strength and we will rise higher than the eagles in sky (Isaiah 40).
The world teaches us the opposite: that we must have it NOW, that we should click a button and get things delivered through Amazon Prime right away. We are used to our food being delivered, our Instagram accounts, our Uber Eats and Lyft rides. All these different benefits of technology are good in moderation, but as a culture, we are being trained to be impatient. We need to realize if we want to have anything that lasts or is steadfast, there is a higher cost or investment in it.
Jesus gives us the example of carrying our cross and giving up things in life to follow him that will COST us something. The reason is just like when you build a house, it costs money and time. Things take time to build; even the Kingdom of heaven takes time. (Matthew 10:38-39). We must build relationships, build trust and spread the Gospel. Most of the time these things take longer than overnight, although God can heal and do miracles, too.
When we think about waiting, it is in opposition to our flesh. Waiting and being patient without getting upset takes “self-control,” also known as “self-discipline,” another fruit of the Holy Spirit. Read more about all of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians chapter 6 in the Bible.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
God’s Word usually tells us the OPPOSITE of whatever the world is telling us. For example, when the Lord says in Isaiah 40, “Those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength,” that sounds so contrary to our feelings and our thoughts. The spirit of God is telling us that we will actually be empowered as we wait and as we build trust in God. Isn’t God amazing? God’s Kingdom is contrary to the secular world and its ways. We need to get spirit-filled and Christ-centered before we get impatient with the process.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40: 28-31)
Life is all about the journey of faith and the process. One thing I can suggest to you while waiting for your promise or next destination is to get into a good church with sound doctrine, read the Bible, worship, trust God, praise Him for the blessing even before it comes and believe that God is able to move your mountain. God is always faithful and wants to be intimate with us as we wait, and throughout our life.
PI Girls, whether God answers you or not, will you still worship him? If even you don’t get the “promise,” will you still praise Him? These are all questions that challenge and test the heart in our trust in God, as well as if we will truly call Him Lord of our life and the King of our hearts. I am praying for you!
Feel free to comment below with any prayer requests and also how you maintain your faith in the waiting times of life!