"God give me patience and give me now!"
This pretty much sums up my impatient nature. I don't like waiting, I find it causes anxiety. Even waiting on God. That is a problem...
...Waiting on God causes anxiety? I've often confessed that I have a tendency to tell God what to do, how to do it, where to do it, and when to do it - usually now. But I came across an article by Joyce Meyer in which she wrote:
"Have you been praying about a situation in your life and found yourself waiting for a breakthrough? Are you wondering why the answer hasn't come yet? Do you feel as though victory is passing you by?
Sometimes when we pray long and hard about a situation in our life without receiving any answers, we just learn to live with it. We go on about our business, wondering if or when God will send the answer. But God does hear those prayers, and He’s working out the answers even though we may not know all the details. Our situation can change suddenly—quickly without warning!
But one thing is certain: Before God moves suddenly, we will wait. Waiting for answers is a fact of life—nobody gets out of it. So the question is not if we'll wait, but rather how we’ll wait. And I believe how will determine how long."
Notice she says "how we'll wait" will determine "how long".
She goes on to explain that we can wait passively or expectantly. The passive person, she says has a lot of 'wishbone' but not a lot of 'backbone' and gets dis-spirited or gives up easily. The expectant person is 'hopeful' and prepared to wait and wait because it will happen.
Bang, it hit me! I have to let go of the wishbone and develop some backbone. I am at the place where the rubber meets the road: my faith is either in God, or it ain't faith at all. It can't be 'sometimes faith', 'conditional faith', 'partial or semi faith' or anything of the like. Talk faith/walk faith, that's it.
I have the promise of the Scriptures, the witness of the martyrs and saints who precede me, I have my own testimony of all that God HAS done in my life already so why the anxiety? There is no reason for it, there is no place for it. Waiting on God to act should promote excitement not anxiety.
I wait because God is teaching me how to wait and I am always an eager student. I am replacing "God give me patience and give me now!" with "in your time, Lord, in your time". Peace.
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