God Works While We Wait
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I’m waiting on God. And it’s raining. SOOOO much rain! Public schools have been out for almost a week due to flooding. This mama is waiting for God to open the clouds and release the sun rays.
Waiting on God
I’m reading in my bible this morning, drinking coffee, the sound of rain is hitting the window beside me and taps on the roof. Stealing a moment away … just God’s word, coffee and the rain.
I’m reading today in the book of Numbers.
Numbers chapter 9.
God had Moses and his crew build a Tabernacle.
Here is the interesting part…God came down as a cloud and as a fire.
He hovered over the Tabernacle and Tent of Testimony, during the day like a cloud and like a fire by night.
When the cloud and fire lifted it was God’s sign that they could move forward in their journey and when the cloud and fire came back down they had to stay encamped and WAIT on God.
Amazing!! I bet that was a sight to see! Can you imagine? Standing in awe as this cloud and fire hovered overhead. Just wow!!
Standing, worshiping and in awe, fully loved, protected, knowing and seeing that God was with you. And He made them wait on Him as they went on their journey.
God wants us to wait on him. Seeking His face, repentant heart, waiting in His presence and seeking His will.
What is God asking you to wait on in Him? What are the benefits of waiting on God?
It can be hard, in those times of waiting, to fully rest confidently in the Lord. Staying focused in deep prayer.
We are told in the book of Job that God restored Job after he prayed for his friends.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10
We are promised hard seasons, persecution and struggles. We are told to not be surprised when they come. 1 Peter 4:12
But we are also promised that God will always be there for us, as the rains keep coming, no sun in sight and your heart grows weary.
Be ever determined to stay focused on who God is and His promises to see you through.
As Job prayed his fortunes were restored double!! What a blessing. It’s a reminder and challenge to our hearts that during our darkest hour to be praying for others – fully knowing that blessing others is a blessing for ourselves in return.
Quotes on Waiting on God
“Father, teach us all how to wait.”
― Andrew Murray,
Waiting also helps us learn the vital lesson that just because a dream is delayed doesn’t mean it is denied. When we continue to hope patiently and place our trust in God and in His schedule — not ours — we begin to gain the type of long-range perspective that allows us to have peaceful souls, even when the storms of life are raging about us. With God, we can wait out the storm and see the sun breaking through the clouds. When we trust in Him, we will eventually see the rainbow and the rebirth of our hopes and dreams.FaithGateway
“A soul cannot seek close fellowship with God, or attain the abiding consciousness of waiting on Him all the day, without a very honest and entire surrender to all His will.”
― Andrew Murray,
Spiritual transformation doesn’t take place when we get what we want. It takes place while we’re waiting. It is forged in us while we’re waiting, hoping, and trusting, even though we have yet to receive what we long for. Spiritual transformation happens in the waiting room.FaithGateway
Benefits of Waiting on God
Waiting on God renews our mind, physical, spiritual and emotional being.
Waiting on God helps us to Focus on the purpose and direction for our life according to God’s will.
Waiting on God creates humility. It helps smooth out our rough edges that need to be dealt with.
Waiting on God can build hope and anticipation.
Waiting on God stirs up our passion, desire and intimacy with Him.
I believe God is just as interested in the process, in the time of waiting and in the journey as He is in the destination. If it wasn’t so, all the biblical stories and passages would only include the happy parts and not the the ugliness in the times of waiting. We may not always understand why we have to wait, but the good news is that God never asks us to wait without Him.
Instead of hating the time of wait, maybe we could learn to appreciate it for what it can create in our lives. Sure, we can feel the very real hurt of longing, but we can also turn that into praise while we wait. We have no idea of the burdens or blessings to come, but while we wait, God is at work. This is the hope in waiting – our God is not inactive, but always working out His perfect plans in an imperfect world. We can trust in God, even when the suffering is long and hard.
God uses the time of wait to change us, prepare us, mold us and empower us for the next step in our journey.
Your sister in Christ,