09 Oct When We Had To Wait.
Saddled with several medical reports on the impossibility of ever becoming a mother, and with a husband who chose to marry me in spite of these reports, (I had prayed that God would make him leave me alone, didn’t want to make him fatherless…but he didn’t), we had to wait for a miracle as it was the only way we were going to be able to bear a child.
Waiting for the word of God to come to pass in your life can be hard even though you know that God has promised and He will bring it to pass, the when question begins it torment on the heart and soul because time is not something anyone can quite control.You might be waiting, but are you patient? Click To Tweet
I knew God has promised that no faithful member of His family shall be barren. Exodus 23:25 26 (Paraphrase) Yet, I had to be patient for it to happen, and that wait, was no easy thing to do.
Waiting is only difficult when you try to wait on your own strength; you have no ability in you, outside The Holy Spirit to wait well, not even for a little while. But drawing from His strength, you will wait patiently and inherit God’s promise for you.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Quite contrary to popular thoughts, patience is active; it is not an idle wait. The kind of patience that God requires from us while we wait; the kind that is fruitful, has certain qualities that I will briefly share today.
It may not be correct to assume that we wait only for what we believe in. Some wait without faith, they wait thinking to themselves that it may or may not happen for them. God’s kind of patience is a KNOWING patience, waiting believing that it must surely happen as God has promised. Patience and faith must go together to receive God’s promises.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)
Faith and the resultant actions must go together in order for any wait to be productive. If you believe that God’s promise will come through, you speak it, behave it, and then you can receive it.
While we were waiting to receive our child we named him and started talking about him in secret and in the open.
It never bothered us whether or not we made any sense to the people we were telling about our son, we knew it made sense to us and God and that was all that mattered.
We did not stop there; a 3 year old had heard us talk about our son and gave us a toy crib for him, so I began imagining our son playing around the house with the toy. I began telling him that he should not make a mess while he played…
…Faith without deeds is useless… James 2:20 (NIV)
3. Praise And Thanksgiving
Grumbling, pointing fingers at God, being sad, depressed and frustrated does not produce anything good. Godly patience gives praise and thanks because it believes. Grumbling and all these negative emotions will always cause a set back but a heart and life of praise and thanks attracts the miracle like magnet would attract metals, like praise and thanksgiving attract God’s presence. You should read my praise report Dancing In The Rain.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3
Remember Paul and Silas in prison.
Patience, faith, hope and all the other fruits of The Holy Spirit does not matter to God or function properly if love is not active in a believer’s heart and life.
Love will prompt you to obey every word of God while you wait; spending time with Him, studying His word, worshipping Him with other in assembly, being part of the growth and furtherance of His Kingdom as you serve in your local Church.
Love will prompt you to be compassionate towards everyone in your life and everyone you meet. Love will prompt you to do unto others like you want them to do unto you. Love will prompt you to forgive and ask for forgiveness.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:10-12 (NIV)
My husband and I waited to receive our child in spite of the impossibilities before us; Sometimes fear and doubt knocked on our door but we refused to let them in.
We waited in hope, faith and love. We sowed seed to as many babies that were being born at the time, believing God for our own miracle. We gave offerings for our child every Sunday, we prayed, we spoke the word, we loved The Lord…and He came through for us.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
I know you are waiting on God for something; it may not be a child as it was for me but no matter what it is and how long you have waited.When your faith and patience is tried, remember that GOD IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE. Click To Tweet
If He came true for me, He will come through for you too, if you do not let go of your patience.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35-36
How are you waiting?
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