Waiting for God’s Best

impatientWe are not good at waiting. We like the fast-lane, microwave ovens, and credit cards. We want it all and we want it NOW. When things don’t happen when we want them to happen, we often worry, stress and do all we can to make it happen. I often see this when I talk to people who are in a job transition or a difficult marriage. When they lose patience they take a job that is not right for them, or leave their spouse to chase someone else, and it never ends good. 

Dr. Charles Stanley shared a principle that has helped me face the challenges of life these last five years: “GOD acts on behalf of those who are willing to wait for His best.” There is a link to watch this video at the bottom of this article and let me highlight the truths I learned that have helped me wait for God’s best.

“GOD acts on behalf of those who actively wait for His best.”

Why would God make me wait for anything? GOD is personally involved in our lives and has a plan for us. If we are willing to trust in Him, he will reveal His best in His time. Sometimes GOD tells us “Not Now” for the things we want so He can give us what is best for us. That requires we walk in Faith through the steps He has planned.

God is in control of all things and He never forgets our requests. If we are willing to wait for His timing and direction we can make room for Him to provide His best. GOD is at work to get us ready for his plan. He knows what needs to be changed in us in order to receive His best and that is a process we must go through over time. 

Often He is protecting us from things we do not see. When we step out of God’s will it can bring pressure hurt and suffering for us and those around us. I can think of many times in my life where I worked to manipulate the circumstances to get what I wanted and I regretted the results. Because GOD knows everything I must be willing to trust he knows what is best for me.

He also uses the waiting to change our motivation for what we want. If I want the promotion for my glory, He may want me to stay where I am for HIS glory. We make an impact on the world when we live out our faith in joy because we trust in GOD. Additionally, if I am willing to wait, he often changes what I want to what I really want but had lost my vision due to circumstances around me (fear, panic, pride, jealousy, envy, etc.).

“It requires faith, patience, humility, and courage to trust and wait on GOD.”

Waiting on GOD requires Patience; the will to wait, pause for further instruction from GOD on the timing or direction to move ahead, calmly accept what GOD is doing in my life today, and trusting that GOD will intervene in my life – in His time. Our unwillingness to wait indicates a lack of trust in GOD. It takes real courage to face the desires you want right now and decide to wait for God’s best. Remember that none of those who wait for the Lord will be ashamed. (Psalm 25:3)

god-acts-on-behalfWaiting is not doing nothing. It’s the action to pause what we were doing (worrying or chasing something we know is not right for us) and letting go of my immediate wants today to work on what I can while I trust in His timing. It also means we remove the arbitrary deadlines we put on GOD to do this by a certain time or we stop trusting in Him. He does not work for us, we work for Him. “Actively-Waiting” means doing my best with the resources GOD has already provided to make the most of each day for HIS glory.

Stop thinking that “Life will be better when…”  and start enjoying each day because if you are walking in righteousness with GOD, then TODAY He is already giving you His best for where you are. If His best for you is NOT to have what you want today, then rejoice that He has something better for you tomorrow.

Are you willing to trust GOD and wait for His best? 

“Wait for the Lord, Be Strong and Let your Heart take courage; yes Wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27: 14)

Robert Hunt

 

GOD Acts on Behalf of Those who Actively Wait for His Best: https://youtu.be/lcTVfoEgano?t=1m38s

I Believe…Help Me With My Unbelief.

doubtfactorTheres a cool story in the Bible (Mark 9 for those who are page turners) where Jesus meets a man who’s son has been possessed by a demon since birth. It causes the boy to threw himself  into a convulsions, fall to the ground, roll around, gnash his teeth, becomes rigid,foams at the mouth, and has tossed himself into fire or water to kill the boy.  Wow! And you think you have issues.

Anyway, this desperate Father comes to the disciples of Jesus to get help but they could not get rid of this horrible evil spirit. (Yes there are such things as demons but that’s for another article.) The man says to Jesus “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Then Jesus says the classic line:

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes

This sounds easy enough – just believe and everything works our fine. But remember where this Father is coming from. He has watched his son be tormented since birth and he’s broken and worn out. We’ve all been there at one time ourselves. And in his desperation he reaches out to GOD for help, but really is not sure that GOD will do anything. Sound familiar?

I like what this father says next: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

I feel that way myself often when things don’t go the way I expected. I still have times of doubt despite the miracles I’ve seen GOD do in my life. I mean real miracles! Like the time we were literally out of money and GOD had someone give me $10,000 cash one night as a gift! That person had no idea of my financial situation but was led by GOD to give it to me as a gift – not a loan – a gift. I have seen GOD carry me through the horrible days of a divorce, custody battles, financial ruin, and so much more. During these time of struggle I had just enough faith to trust Him one more day. One day at a time.

The man in this story wanted to believe but his circumstances seemed too big for Jesus to really do anything to change them. BUT, GOD IS ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING IF WE BELIEVE.

This starts with believing in GOD and his son Jesus Christ. Once we give up our lives to follow His will, He gives us the Holy Spirit of GOD to be with us always and to develop our faith as we walk with Him through life. My faith grows more each time I use it. Like a muscle does when we workout. The more times GOD gives me a chance to trust Him completely, the bigger my faith gets, and the easier it is to trust more when the next crisis comes up.

You may believe, just not very much, and that’s okay. Start where you are and grow because “He who began a good work in you will complete it.”  We are not done until we stand in heaven before GOD so the journey rolls on with many more chances to strengthen our Faith muscles. Remember also that GOD intended that we support each other in the process. The Body of Christ, aka the church, you and me, are meant to walk in unity so we carry each others burdens.

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Don’t wait until our next annual event to find the inspiration and encouragement to live out your faith everyday. Come be a part of the community of believers we have started through the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. This once-a-year event was created to bring awareness that the Technology Community in DFW is FULL of people who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  You are not alone in the journey so don’t walk alone.  Contact us at [email protected] and let us know how we can support you. Sign up to volunteer and become part of our team so you build friendships with others who share your faith and desire to honor GOD in their life.

Lastly, note that Jesus said in verse 29 that the only solution to this situation was PRAYER. Reach out to those you saw at our annual event and let them know of your challenges so they can join you in prayer to grow your faith. We also want to pray for you so let us know whats going on in your life and our team will join you in doing battle and to help you with your unbelief.