Waiting is hard, people. What makes it seem so difficult is the connection it has with our desires. What do I mean? If you do not desire something, there will not be any anticipation in your heart for it. We lose patience and allow worry to settle in our minds only on issues that matter to our hearts.
I can’t be waiting and watching out for the 2018 bar results to be released because Ife Grace has been called to the bar. But some seven years ago, It wasn’t so. I couldn’t sleep properly and my result was all I could think about. Just about four years ago too, I was an unemployed graduate visiting major job sites every day. But today, I don’t even know what goes on there and I had to unsubscribe from those sites since I didn’t need them anymore.
Waiting differ from person to person and from season to season. You can’t find a married woman praying for a husband, there is the unemployed trusting God for a good job, there are others waiting and expecting to carry their child, for some it is the admission list they expect. Romans 8 v 24 rightly puts it; hope that is seen is not hope: who hopes for what they already have?
While we wait to see our desires met, there is a possibility to be anxious and to wonder if our prayers would ever be answered. Eill I finally find the right partner to marry? Will I get a good job? Will my results turn out well? Will I ever be able to carry my child? Am I ever going to get out of this poverty? During that period, the future looks so bleak and life seem to be on a standstill and you wonder if God has forgotten you.
You ask yourself again, But God’s word says, if I ask anything in his name, he will give it to me. Didn’t I read that verse that says, How shall he not freely give us all things? Why is my case different. I’m doing my best to see my dreams bear fruits and yet nothing is working…and so discouragement and desperation takes over.
First of all, God has not forgotten you. He sees your tears and the cry of your heart. He cares about you and loves you deeper than you can imagine. You can’t even understand the length or breath of his immeasurable love. Your human mind cannot fathom it.
Today, I want to share one important principle that has kept me full of hope and joy even as I wait for God’s manifestation in my life. It is one secret that’ll keep you calm and peaceful when everyone around you fret. I have experienced so much peace and calmness far beyond my understanding when I stayed with this principle. It has worked for me on many occasions. This principle is contained in one verse of the scripture.
…He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts often turn to the Lord…Isaiah 26:3. (LB)
It is God who gives this perfect peace. You can’t produce it by yourself. He is the one who will keep your heart at rest while you wait for the manifestation of your desires.
He will cause such tranquility that passes all understanding and make people around you wonder at the glow on your face. But this won’t happen without your cooperation. We have a responsibility, and this is stated clearly in the second part of that scripture.
…whose thoughts often turn to the Lord…
Replace those worried thoughts with thoughts on the Word. Bask in the joy of your salvation knowing fully well that He who has started a great work in you will complete it. That delay is for a reason. His plans for you are for good. Anxiety and despair dissipate when your heart is focused on the Lord.
Meditate on God’s Word. Cultivate a heart of prayer not merely centered on your needs but from a deep desire to grow in the knowledge of Jesus. This will keep the desperation away and stop you from jumping out of God’s time.
The truth is, the period of waiting can be a blessing. There are things God wants to teach you during that time and that won’t happen until you deliberately get your mind stayed on God.
When those negative thoughts cloud your mind, here are some of the scriptures you can meditate on that’ll get your thoughts back on track.
1. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (LB)
2. How we praise God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (LB)
3. And therefore the Lord earnestly waits, expecting, looking and longing to be gracious to you. Blessed, happy, fortunate and to be envied are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for him, for his victory, his favour, his love, his peace, his joy and his matchless unbroken companionship. Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)
4. But my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.
5. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21.
6. The Lord shall fight for you and all you have to do is keep still. Exodus 14:14 (GN)
7. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything and he will show you the right way. Proverbs 3:5,6. (GN)
8. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith? So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time. Matthew 6:30,34. (LB)
9. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28
10. He that spared not his Son but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8: 32
Do you have any scripture you want to add to this? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comment Below.