In the book of James, the Bible tells us that we should wait for God’s promises like a farmer waits for his harvest. Now, I’ve never seen a farmer plant a crop and then worry night and day about whether or not it’s going to come up. He doesn’t lose sleep thinking, “Oh, I hope that my corn is going to take root. Please, God, let my corn bring a harvest.” No, he waits with confidence, knowing that the harvest will come. He does his part, and he knows that seed will produce a good crop.
In the same way, we should wait confidently for the promises of God. We have to stand firm on His Word. It’s not enough to just hope that your situation is going to turn around. Instead of the attitude, “I hope I get well,” have the attitude of confidence and say, “Thank You, Lord, that I am getting well.” Start waiting like the farmer. Wait with a knowing. Wait with confidence. Be sure that as you put God’s Word into practice, just like the farmer, you will see that harvest of blessing in your own life in return.
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Day 182/365: the art of waiting“Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s WifeI always found the poignancy of this quote strangely alluring. I always believed that love is intensified by absence because the best things in life are always worth waiting for. Shouldn’t that be reason enough to rejoice, though? The notion of having something so precious and so valuable to await at all is so terribly overlooked. To have something, someone to look forward to embracing fully. Shouldn’t that give us reason to rejoice?I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. —C.S. Lewis, Mere ChristianityI could go on and on about how much God has taught me through my seasons of waiting. In each season of waiting, He has taught me to trust Him for His perfect timing. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that “He has made everything beautiful in its time”, and I couldn’t say enough to affirm the truth of that statement. His perfect timing for everything that occurs in our lives conveys the immensity and meticulousness of His overwhelming love for us. He has taught me to live one day at a time, while having faith for whatever is to come, always seeking Him in everything. I am increasingly overwhelmed by how much He has given me in each day, and to not thank Him for each day would be refusing it the respect that it deserves. That He deserves. He has taught me to depend on Him because it is only through Him that I live at all. Finding all sufficiency in God, I believe, comes from learning to depend on Him in all brinks and trajectories of life. Learning. To depend on Him. To live a life that unequivocally sings of God as the sole source of my joy, the beginning and end of my joy. A life that sings of God as the only One who gives me sustenance for each day, as exhausting as it may be, who gives me grace overflowing for every responsibility, and eternal life that begins now. There’s nothing better than having Him in my life.If I have You, I have everything.But without You, I am nothing. —Kari Jobe, Always Enough