“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Have you ever felt like you were waiting on God? Maybe you asked Him to provide you with something, or you asked Him to reveal something to you in your life.
The waiting game can be hard. Sometimes, it is easy to feel like God has forgotten about the desires of our heart. However, at times like these, it is important to remember that God has a plan for us that is far greater than what we could imagine.
God created each of us with a specific purpose in mind. While His plans might not always make sense to us, they are perfect according to His will. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
During times when we feel like we are waiting on God, there are several things to consider. First, we can ask ourselves if we are ready. If we have asked God to provide us with something, it is important to be ready to receive it. For example, if you have asked God to provide you with a spouse, ask yourself if you are ready to be in a committed relationship that is centered on Christ.
Another thing to consider when we are waiting on the Lord is His timing. While we may want something now, it might not be best according to God’s plan. Sometimes, when we ask something of the Lord, His response may be, “Wait.”
Finally, when we ask something of the Lord, it is important to analyze our motives. If we are asking out of selfishness and for our personal gain, it is unlikely we will receive what we have asked for. However, if our desires are in line with God’s plan, we can receive it. John 15:7 says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Next time you feel as though you are waiting on God, I encourage you to remember these things. If you become discouraged, lift this up to Him in prayer. Do not doubt the plan God has for you, because His purpose for your life is unique and special.
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