March 29, 2012

The Waiting Game

Yet another newsletter article from last summer that speaks still so true for today...

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
~ Psalm 27:14, NIV

Is waiting as hard for you as it is for me? There is such a plethora of “learning” that God desires of us and it often comes in those difficult, long, painful times of waiting.

We were told back in February 2011 during our orientation how much God would be teaching us during this time of building our support team. Others who have walked through this before us also shared that this time was so much more about what God would do IN us than what He would do around us. We believed them all, but are now experiencing it first-hand. Here are just a few lessons we've learned so far.

Waiting draws us to a total dependence on GOD not on our own abilities. Psalm 62:5-7 reminds us to wait silently for God alone, for our expectation is from Him. He is our rock, our salvation, our glory and our refuge. We are learning that it’s not about what we can do; it’s about what HE WILL DO!

God will work when we wait on Him. He wants us to wait expectantly on Him and then He will do far more than any of us can think or imagine (Isaiah 64:4).

Funny thought here, but it’s oh so true—God is waiting on us! Isaiah 30:18 says, “But God's not finished. He's waiting around to be gracious to you. He's gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for Him are the lucky ones.”

Maturity is more important than haste. It’s only through the difficult times that we will grow into full maturity through Christ. We know that there are so many areas where God needs to develop us spiritually so we can withstand all the cultural differences when we get to France. We want to be prepared to serve Him well, “so don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (James 1:4)

Instead of worrying, we are to pray & praise God! Philippians 4 reminds us that, “before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

While we wait we are also told to delight in the Lord, commit our ways to Him, trust in Him, be still and wait patiently (Psalm 37).

So, what are you doing while you’re waiting? Let’s choose to “take delight in the LORD”, and watch Him work in our lives!

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 wait on 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

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