PROVISION IS FOUND IN THE WAITING. I know you don’t like to hear this, but your faith is weak because you won’t wait on the Lord. One of the most often quoted scriptures is,
“But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
People want strength to run their race, but they don’t want to WAIT, and the strength and provision of God is only found in the waiting. Faith is not built on the mountain top- it’s built in the fiery furnace; it’s built in the valley of the shadow of death; it’s built when the waves are crashing over you and pushing you down. In short, faith is built in the waiting.
From the time God speaks until the fulfillment of that Word is called “waiting”. This season can be short or it can be long, since we do not know all the ins and outs of what God is doing to fulfill that Word. Sometimes, you can actually make your waiting season longer by grumbling and complaining or taking matters into your own hands to make God’s Word come to pass. Be content in the waiting. Our job is to wait on the Lord and trust in His way and His timing.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I know the waiting season is difficult and it’s not necessarily your best life now. It can be a very lean time. God is preparing you for greater things through the refining of your faith and character. Do not worry about a thing. He will always provide. Yet, God’s provision looks vastly different than ours. Never forget that His provision included manna for 40 years in the desert
. His provision includes strength for your journey. God knows what you need, when you need it and how you need it. Grumbling and complaining only shows that you are dissatisfied with His provision. Waiting is not sitting around twiddling your thumbs. It’s actively serving the Lord, like a servant would continue to make sure his Master had everything He needed, while waiting for Him to give further instructions.
You will lack the strength needed to finish your race if you do not wait on the Lord’s ways and timing. Don’t get so far behind Him you can’t see Him, but don’t get so far ahead you blaze your own way. You get worn out when you continually try to cut your own path. Perhaps God is confusing your path right now because you refuse to wait and obey? WAIT on the Lord! I promise you, there is an end to every wilderness.
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