Wait On The Lord And Don’t Despair

Are you praying for a situation and eagerly waiting for a breakthrough? Do you feel like opportunities are slipping out of your grasp as time progresses? What do you do as you wait on the Lord?

Whether we are concerned about education, careers and job growth, business opportunities, relationships, personal health, or the health of a loved one, we face different situations in the various areas of our lives and present our petitions to God. When the answer takes a long time, we wonder why.

 Are You Waiting Passively Or Expectancy?

When waiting passively, you sit back, roll up your sleeves, and wait for it to happen. However, after a short time, you get up, tired of waiting since nothing has happened, thus giving up.

On the other hand, when waiting expectantly, you constantly believe that God has your answer and will give it to you at any time. You wake up each morning with a heart full of hope, anticipating that He will solve your issue at any moment. You may wait a while, but you suddenly get your answer.

Those Who Wait On The Lord Expectantly

Let’s look at pregnancy. A pregnant lady moves around with the child in her womb, with the promise of having a baby after the nine months are over. While she doesn’t see the baby, she knows she will deliver her bundle of joy and arrange the baby’s arrival.

She goes shopping, prepares the nursery, looks up names, and even finds a comfortable place to raise the child. She knows her baby’s promise will be fulfilled; it‘ll just take a while.

You should adopt a similar attitude in your Christian life. When waiting on the Lord to give you an answer, you should eagerly wait for it—not just sit around passively.

In many cases, the waiting period is vital to prepare you for the answer. If any of us got the answers to our prayers immediately, we wouldn’t be well prepared to receive the solution.

A Case Of Paul And Silas

In Acts 16, we see how the crowds attacked Paul and Silas; they are beaten up and tossed into jail, imprisoned in the inner cell, and their feet fastened with stocks to ensure that they wouldn’t escape. At about midnight, God came through – and what were Paul and Silas doing through this time? Praying and singing hymns to God.

“About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once, all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”

Acts 16:25-26

Ordinarily, one would have wanted God to show up earlier. However, with Paul and Silas, they didn’t mind the wait. They continued to worship the Lord in their predicament, showing us an excellent example of how to wait on the Lord and be of good courage.

Just as it is said in Psalm 27:13-14,

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

And as it is put across in Isaiah 40:30-31,

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Remember that God’s power is limitless. He understands our needs, and His timing will be perfect. So, keep believing, and don’t give up. Wait on the Lord with an expectant heart, and He will meet your needs.

One response to “Wait On The Lord And Don’t Despair”

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    Benjamin Bowling

    I’ve been praying for a wife for about 30 years now. All of my brothers in Christ around my age have been married since their twenties. I’m 46.

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