"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven." Psalm 107:28-30 ESV
There have been days when all I want to do is stay in bed in the morning and just be anxious about the future of my business and family. I found myself periodically depressed and frustrated with the silence from God. Why has he not spoken to me? When will He do something? Why is my business struggling? Why are you not providing for my family? Why did you want me to quit my job if I'm just going to sit idle? The waiting can be painful if not entirely dreadful. Waiting on the Lord is difficult because all we want is an answer immediately to know whether we should go left, right, forward, or backwards. I really do just want to do whatever God wants me to do, but I'd rather not wait. But, yet wait I must.
Our good friend Carol Eyles provided a book to me about two months ago...and guess what the title was...wait for it... "Waiting on God". I cannot say I was looking forward to reading it especially knowing how difficult waiting has been this past year. But, I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to read it and to enjoy it. Nothing like forced enjoyment! So I read it and I can honestly say that I'm enjoying it. God is using it to teach me things I did not know I needed to be taught. It has provided perspective that I needed in my period of waiting. I learned that I no longer have to allow waiting to be an exercise similar to having a root canal. Waiting can actually be fun and dare I say freeing, although it requires a lot of prayer and scripture reading to stay grounded and not fall back in anxiety and depression. God revealed to me that in His perfect timing He and only He will move me to the next step. I know, this is not really earth shattering since I already knew that, but is was almost like I needed a refresher course of "Waiting on Him 101" and "God's Will 101". No matter how much I may try to move things forward God has His hand in front of me gently holding me back, because He has things He needs me to learn before He will reveal the next step. The exciting part is it may move forward in a direction I would have never imagined.
I have learned a lot from the life of Joseph and the large amount of waiting he endured, but yet he stayed faithful to God through it. It also occurred to me the other day that the sermon series Pastor Tom has been preaching has been exactly what I needed to hear. Amazing how our God does that!
As I was reading Psalm 107:28-30 this morning it hit me how much God cares for us and it should provide us with so much hope. "They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress." It does not say that they had to wait long for the Lord to free them from their troubles, but I imagine in those moments it felt like an eternity waiting to be saved. As we continue in our 100 Days of Prayer remember that God hears your prayers. He loves you much! He may not have answered your prayer as of today, but that does not mean it is not important to Him. It is just not His timing yet and perhaps you and I alike have something we need to be taught before He will respond. Spend time this week praying that God would reveal to you what He wants you to learn and savor this time of waiting.
"But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God. My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!" Psalm 31:14-16
- Scott Foster