Your season of waiting will significantly determine your season of blessing. How you wait, matters to God.
God will never give you something prematurely
Premature meaning happening too soon, especially before the natural or suitable time.
“A premature birth/death”
“A premature baby”
A good father would never hand their car keys to a 5-year-old toddler and have them drive the moving automobile. It would take many years of growing up, developing, practicing, and passing both the written and actual driving tests before that child can drive the car on their own.
It’s the same way our Heavenly Father would not hand us something we are incapable of stewarding well before the proper time. He sees and knows your capacity, so trust Him when He is withholding something from you. It is God’s way of protecting and preparing you in this season of waiting.
When we don’t allow God to build our character over time, the blessing or anointing could end up destroying us in the long haul.
Just as a building needs the proper foundation to be immovable when things get shaky or when an earthquake hits, so is our faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Are you the type of person who only comes to God when all your prayers are being answered? Or will you wait on the Lord even when things aren’t going in the direction you expected them to go?
The truth is, that Jesus is the center of it all. In Him, we live & move & have our being. Acts 17:28
You will never deepen your roots of faith if you never go through the process of crushing or waiting. Embracing the process God has allowed us to go through will greatly expand our personal knowledge and experience with the Holy Spirit.
Not only do you hear what God can do through someone else’s life, but you begin to experience life with Jesus for your own self.
And P.S. Life with Jesus gets better and sweeter each passing year.
The test is what produces the testimony. I'm sure we've all heard that. And what’s good is that Jesus, our wonderful teacher will allow us to take as many tests as we need to until we pass! Yay for unlimited tests and trials to score 100% each time!
The crushing process also reveals your true maturity & quality of faith in Jesus Christ. You won’t go to the next level if you never allow the Holy Spirit to do a deep work inside of your heart.
In my personal life, I’ve seen how God uses my greatest Pain to bring about His marvelous Power and Promises into my life. What I thought was the dead-end of all discouragement and disappointment from life, God somehow worked it out for my good.
He is truly the author and perfecter of our faith. There were times when I rebelled against the process of God, which eventually backfired because it only prolonged the season of testing before I experienced God’s blessing. My hard head, impatient, and stubborn self was the preventable force that delayed God’s best for me.
As time goes by I’ve learned now to quickly humble myself, wait patiently, obey God’s instruction, and fully surrender to His perfect timing.
The older I get, the more childlike I learn to become because my ways are not His. My thoughts are not like His thoughts. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than my ways and His thoughts than my thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9.
When you go to a fine dining restaurant, what do you see? You see servers coming to you, well-groomed and ready to take your orders. Just as these servers are waiting patiently for their customers to order their food, I want to also have that kind of servant-heart posture toward my master.
Not rushing God to move or do something out of my own desperation, timing, or impatience, but to simply say “Dear Daddy God, how may I be at your service today?”
The enemy loves it when we get busy or distracted because then we miss out on what the Lord is trying to speak to us.
Have you ever considered how too much “noise” has become the norm now? Noises from social media (Instagram, Twitter, Youtube), easily entangle our attention away from what truly matters. Other noises from the busyness of life/career/personal goals, where we end up striving forward instead of resting and doing what God has instructed us to do.
Be aware of how distraction keeps you from fulfilling your God-given purpose.
A verse I’ve been meditating on and declaring on a daily basis is this: “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.” Psalms 119:37
The AMP version clarifies it this way, “Turn my eyes from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract - let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.”
God desires for you and me to live a powerful, effective, & meaningful life. You won’t be able to do so if you are constantly being drained by unnecessary things that hinder your growth.
Here are 3 ways that can benefit you during your season of waiting:
1. Setting up Boundaries
Limit your intake of anything that makes you stagnant
Remove any negative habits, old thoughts, or past traumas
Quit trying to be a people-pleaser. You weren’t created to please man, but to please GOD
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10
Surround yourself with Godly, growth-minded people who will love, edify, and support you in any season of life
“He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise, But the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm” Proverbs 13:20
Be committed to progression, not perfection
2. Recall God’s Goodness & Be Thankful
Look around and count all your blessings
Write down 10 things you are thankful for each day and see how your view of life will begin to change in a positive direction
Praise God for what He has done, is doing, and will do
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” Psalm 104:33-34
Testify about God’s goodness to your close friends or family
Quit comparing yourself with other people’s lives on social media and be content with what God has allowed you to have or experience right now
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10
3. Wait Patiently, Prepare, & Obey
Prepare yourself by spending time in worship and studying the Word
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that needs to be solved, removed, or healed in the process
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties. And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23, 24
Obey God’s instruction(s) to do the necessary work that would promote your growth & intimacy with Him
Give (Pour) into others who are within your circle of influence through your time, energy, love, attention, money, support, etc
Forgive yourself for your past mistakes, and forgive others who have hurt you as well
May we live each day with a vibrant & passionate zeal.