“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time; we will reap if we do not give in. So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers).” Galatians 6:9-10 AMP
Have you ever felt like things are not going as planned or that you are not where you imagined you would be? That somehow, you’re stuck in a waiting room, waiting for something to happen?
Friends, I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time waiting. Every time I go to the doctor, I become increasingly impatient and feel like I’ve been waiting for hours. I want to scream when I see other patients called in before me: “Wait, I’ve been here for hours, and they just arrived!” So what should I do? Either I complain or I ask the Lord for patience.
I recently listened to a sermon from Pastor Dominick Cotignola of Next City Church Assembly of God about knowing God’s will. The Lord spoke to me about waiting as I listened to his message.
See, my friends, before I heard Pastor Dominick speak about God’s will for our lives, I always thought that waiting was a terrible thing, but after hearing him, I started to see why waiting is not a bad thing, but rather a blessing. It is in the waiting where God molds, prunes, and removes anything in my life that needs to be removed and doesn’t belong in who I am in Christ.
Galatians 6:9-10 encourages us to keep going and not to give up because the reaping and harvest come after the pruning. “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers).”
But the only way we can make it through “the waiting period” is by abiding in Jesus through His Word. Waiting is a blessing when we don’t give up. Sometimes, God allows us to go through these waiting seasons so we can grow closer to Him and abide in Him. I remember Pastor Sharon once told us that the best part of this season is that we don’t remain there. We’re only passing through; it’s not meant to be our permanent address.
Therefore, let us remain faithful in this waiting season and continue to do excellent and reliable work with what He has entrusted us. Let us live for the One who is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us. Let us be accurate with the things He has entrusted to us and bring glory to Him even as we wait.
Lord, thank you for reminding me of the importance of being faithful in the waiting. Lord, you know that at times I get impatient and want things done on my timing. Thank You for showing me, Lord, once again that it is in the waiting seasons where You do Your best work. And to remember that I’m only passing through this waiting season; it’s not my permanent address. In Your precious name, I give you all the praise and glory, amen.
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