Waiting On God
By Charles Carter | UI Blogger
I’m not going to lie; I’m bad at waiting on God sometimes. I sometimes stand by the principle that man, it’s easier to learn from the storm when I’m standing on the shore so far back that I need a telescope, three sets of binoculars, and a Doppler radar to accurately understand what’s going on. Truth is, we all do that. We all hear God say wait and we see those storm clouds rolling in and all we can think of is “Oh no God, say dude that’s too big.”
I’ve been going through it lately, where one storm passes after another and God is holding onto my shoulder saying “Son, please wait,” and all I can think of is what am I supposed to do in the meantime? Is this storm going to engulf me as I sit and wait? I’ll be honest; this is one test I’ve probably failed multiple times. After reading through a few devotionals and testimonies, however, I gained more insight and I can’t wait to share with you. Here are 5 things you should proactively do as you wait on God to work in your life!
1. Understand how God has worked in the past.
Here’s the thing, we all forget how God has worked his way through periods of waiting before. God is the very consistency we can always count on because he’s always proven he’s there and can be trusted. For us to get within times of waiting and think otherwise shows a huge lack of faith. Let me put it this way, worrying about now solves absolutely zip because God has been there and will continue to be there every step of the way.
2. Deepen your prayer life.
Worry less; pray more is what your motto should be. Can I be honest? We’re doing ourselves an injustice by worrying and analyzing a future that can simply be impacted with a prayer or call to God. I’ll be the first to admit that waiting can cause bitterness or even resentment but we have to learn how to use this time to grow and draw nearer to God.
3. Pack up the baggage and sort through the mess.
Times of waiting can expose huge holes and areas of work that we need to invest in. As with all areas of work, they only lead to preparing us for things to come. During times of waiting you can focus to heal yourself and fix those areas God has pointed out.
4. Dream to infinity and beyond.
I think one of my biggest issues is that I seriously limit myself. I basically tell God, “Abba! Listen, you can do anything in this world BUT help me.” Ha, I have a vivid imagination and all I can picture is God sitting on his throne looking at me like "child please". We simply don’t expect big things from God or we think it’s a task we have to do ourselves. Open up those limits and let God take you where he wants you!
5. Spend time in worship.
I know I fall in the “I don’t call on God unless I’m blessed, way up yes I’m blessed” category (Yes I did just quote Big Sean, forgive me?). God deserves constant worship and I mean in every situation. God is already victorious through whatever you’re experiencing so worship his name!
I know, some things are easier said than done but I’m asking you to give this a go. Make a profound effort to not only reach out to God but also go the extra mile. So I ask and call you to action. Spread what you’ve learned and reach out to your fellow brothers and sisters. Don’t take absence or distancing one self as an answer, reach out and hand them your hand. Go the extra mile to ensure those around you are loved and uplift them as they wait for whatever God has in store. I know I’m especially thankful for those in the UI family who reached out to me.
Call To Action
If you are in a period of waiting for God to reveal his plans, please know you’re not alone. This too shall pass, just like all the other times God has so eloquently directed your feet out of peril. Instead of feeling bad for yourself, however, sit back and realize that there is beauty in the struggle.
Abba (Father) I struggle with staying patient through the storm. I feel like Peter, standing out on the water until something reminds me I’m not where I want to be just yet and I sink. But just as you did with Peter, Abba help me to realize that I’ve been focusing on casting my net on the wrong side of the boat. Refocus my gaze not on the fish I wish to have, but on simply learning to see beauty in the struggle and just when it’s time, cast my net on the right side of the boat. I ask and thank you in Jesus name, Amen.
Written By: Charles Carter
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