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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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When You Don’t Know What You’re Waiting For

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“What do I do, God? What would You have me do in this situation?” 

I wish I could tell you those questions, repeatedly and sincerely prayed, were met with a booming voice from heaven that said, “This is My beloved will in which I am well pleased; go and do it, honey child,” but, alas, that hasn’t happened.

Instead, after writing those questions in my journal, I read Psalm 27 and was met with words that have become as familiar as my afternoon cup of coffee:

“Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!” -Psalm 27:14

Scripture, man. It’s like yeast: alive and active. It’s like a fog light: searching and exposing. It’s like a sword: sharp and piercing.

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A couple of observations from this verse:

1. Let = choose to
2. Repeated phrases = important

I’m in a waiting season. I don’t know where I’ll be next year (or if God wrote me into His story that is the year 2017). I don’t know what God is doing right now. I don’t know what He’s asking from me except this: trust. obey. rest. repeat.

Things I’m learning in the waitlands (not wastelands because God isn’t wasting a thing here):

Waiting is not an excuse for obedience here and now.

Waiting is not code for “figure this out on your own.”

Waiting is not justification for ignoring what/where God is leading in hopes that He changes His mind and asks of you something easier.

Waiting is not passive.

Waiting is a verb that not only reminds us to wholly lean on Jesus’ name but to stay active and obedient in the last thing He’s called us to do.

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Maybe you’re like me and you don’t know with certainty what you’re waiting for, just that you are to wait for now.

Regardless of the circumstances, we can have confidence in who we are waiting for.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” -Psalm 37:7a

Not only that, we can have confidence in who we are waiting with.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

In this period of waiting, we must intentionally resist anxiety and fiercely stake our hope not in what we can figure out but in the One who knows the end from the beginning and who soaks His love into our every breath.

My hope for us is that, instead of worrying and fretting over what may or may not happen in the next season (or the next), God would find us active and faithful in our waiting.

“Worry springs from not being convinced of a sovereign God’s absolute love for you. Worry disappears when you realize that God loves you unfailingly and will let nothing interrupt His plans for your good.” -J.D. Greear

6 comments on “When You Don’t Know What You’re Waiting For

  1. Tricia says:

    Wise words! Thanks for sharing them!
    Waiting is difficult sometimes. It helps to know that God is with you, and He is planning something good for you.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Tricia. It is difficult! Praise for truth!

  2. ron thompson says:

    “Scripture, man. It’s like yeast: alive and active. It’s like a fog light: searching and exposing. It’s like a sword: sharp and piercing.” I love that statement!

    1. Thanks, Ron!! I hope you and Dawn are doing well—I miss you both!!

  3. thislovablelife says:

    I loved that last quote. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 Also, is that your handwriting in the other quote? I LOVE IT! #handwritingenvy 😉

    1. Isn’t that quote SO GOOD?! I love it too. And yes, that’s my handwriting, lol. ❤

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