Tuesday, January 12, 2016

To Those Who Wait

Patience is a tough subject. Nobody likes to wait. We want instant results. Immediate action. Yet we know that good things usually take time to develop. Sometimes we wait with patience and sometimes we find ourselves pushing or becoming frustrated.

Scripture lists patience as a fruit of the Spirit. When we exhibit patience, we are living out of the Holy Spirit's power at work in our hearts, trusting God to do His work in His timing. When we become impatient, however, we've begun to trust our own time-frame instead of God's, allowing our flesh and its demands to rule over our spirits. 

Romans 8:5-6 says, "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." True peace can never occur when we push our own will over God's.

Isaiah 40:27-31 says, “Why do you say... 'My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God'? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths will faint and be weary, and young men will fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not faint.”

God tells us that no situation or need is hidden from Him. The everlasting creator of the universe sees all, and He gives power and strength as He sees fit. Notice it says, “...to [those] who wait.”

Are there areas in your life where you're struggling to wait for the Lord? Are you so anxious to see Him act in certain areas that you've begun to wonder if He remembers your concern? Are you in need of renewed strength and power to keep going?  

Get into God's Word, set your mind on the things of the Spirit, and hold on to hope.  Good things come to those who wait!