"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Waiting is hard.
Waiting for the call to the big leagues. Waiting for the injury to heal. Waiting to meet new friends. Waiting for marriage. It’s all hard. God tells us that in this life we will have trouble, but not to be discouraged because He has overcome the world! So, if waiting is hard and God has promised us we will have trouble on this earth, the question is how will we wait?
Will we complain? Will we worry? Will we become angry? Will we let our hearts harden?
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” I never truly understood this verse until I recognized and understood the very real battle in my mind. I used to think I was a victim to my emotions and that my emotions controlled me, my actions and my reactions. Oh, was I so wrong. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have the Holy Spirit as our Advocate when we surrender our lives to Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to take our thoughts captive, to choose what we will dwell on. We are not victims of our emotions! We are in control of what we dwell on. We don’t have to remain sad, upset, angry, frustrated, or jealous. Because we are daughters of the King of Kings, we can choose joy! No matter the circumstance, we have the power, in Christ Jesus, to remain joyful and choose what takes root in the garden of our minds.
As believers, we know God has plans for us, plans to prosper us, not to harm us. Our waiting is not punishment. He is using this time of waiting for important things: To bring us back to Him, to develop our character, to strengthen our faith, and to remind us of this incredible gift of joy. The choice is ours: How will we wait? What will we spend time dwelling on? Truth or Satan’s lies? How will we respond to our circumstances? Joyfully or frustrated?
I listened to a podcast a few months ago and the speaker, Mia Fieldes, said “Thankfulness opens the heavens.” This has stuck with me because it is so true! I encourage you when Satan tries to steal your joy and bring a worrisome thought into your mind, in the name of Jesus Christ, command that thought to flee, view your life from God’s perspective and give thanks! Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we always have a reason to praise. Don’t miss out on what God is doing around you by focusing on your circumstances. Paul says in Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
So, how will we wait?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for putting sin to death by dying for us on the cross. We thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit to guide us and strengthen us during our time on this earth. We thank you for giving us your peace that surpasses all understanding. Oh, how you love us. I pray you ease my heart when I am in a circumstance I don’t want to be in. I pray you give me your eyes to view my life and my circumstances from your perspective. I pray in this time of waiting you develop my character to be more like you. I pray in this time of waiting you strengthen and perfect my faith. I pray in this time of waiting you show me what you are doing around me. Who can I love on for you? I lay my trial and my circumstance at your feet. Use it to bring yourself glory. Thank you for your mercy that is new each morning. We love you.
Suggested Reading: Isaiah 40:31