Waiting is difficult. Paul Tripp, in his book New Morning Mercies says, “Waiting on God doesn’t mean sitting around and hoping. Waiting means believing he will do what he’s promised and then acting with confidence.” During seasons of waiting, when the voice of God seems to be distant and silent, I can easily become overwhelmed with discouragement. During these seasons, my mind is filled with doubt and at times have even questioned my calling and mere existence. It’s easy to spiral out of control when our stability turns into instability and uncertainty. During that downward spiral, how do we recover? How do we regain perspective? How do we take the focus off of our uncertain circumstances and put it on Christ?
Paul Tripp goes on to say, “Waiting is your calling. Waiting is your blessing. Every one of God’s children has been chosen to wait, because every one of God’s children lives between the “already” and the “not yet.” Already this world has been broken by sin, but not yet has it been made new again. Already Jesus has come, but not yet has he returned to take you home with him forever. Already your sin has been forgiven, but not yet have you been fully delivered from it.” We are all called to wait because we all live in the middle of God’s grand redemptive story.
Seasons of waiting can paralyze us if we aren’t careful. We can sit on our hands and wait idly by with little hope that God will come through for us. But God desires the season of waiting to be active based on our confidence in who He is and what He has promised. As our circumstances seem out of control and discouragement begins to set in, be reminded that we may not know what tomorrow holds, but He does. Our God is the only one who has seen tomorrow… therefore He’s the only one we can look to with hope and trust. Knowing that He loves us, cares for us, and desires for our lives to be abundant! We can begin to walk with God today. We can begin to trust God today. We can begin to serve God today. We can begin to experience the wonderful life that God has planned for us today.
Listen to what Isaiah 43:18-19 says. ”’Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.’’
In Romans 4, the Apostle Paul reminds us of the life of Abraham and the uncertainty that he dealt with. He said in Rom 4:20-21 “…with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”
We have a God who loves us and keeps His promises. Hebrews 13:5-6 (MSG) says, “Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?” There’s a promise we can rest in today!
We don’t just wait—we wait in hope. We wait knowing that God will never walk off and leave us. Our hope in God through Jesus Christ gives us a confident expectation of a guaranteed result! We wait believing that what God has begun he will complete, so we can live with confidence and courage.
Excerpt From: Paul David Tripp. “New Morning Mercies.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/p-8l4.l
Jonah, thanks for the encouragement. Romans 4 reminds me of Isaiah 46:8-10; because of my rebellious heart, I need to never forget who God is and what He has done in the past for me. Therefore, I am living IN His promises.