Waiting For Things To Change

How long, 0 Lord, must I call for help?” Hab. 1:2 NIV

Are you wait­ing for your vision to start com­ing to pass, or to find a solu­tion to a prob­lem you’re fac­ing, or for the first signs of ful­fill­ment to a promise God has made you?

You’re not the first per­son to strug­gle with the idea of wait­ing, and you won’t be the last. Fur­ther­more, when you get what you’re wait­ing for now, you’ll begin wait­ing for some­thing else.

If there’s one word that defines Chris­t­ian liv­ing, it’s — wait­ing. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, “The rev­e­la­tion awaits an appoint­ed time… and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will cer­tain­ly come and will not delay” Hab. 2:3 NIV.

Why did God say that? Because He was answer­ing the prophet’s ques­tion, “How long, 0 Lord, must I call for help, but you do not lis­ten?” Look at the patri­arch Job. Cov­ered in boils and total­ly bank­rupt, he says, “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard ser­vice I will wait, till my change comes” Job 14:14 NKJV.

Wait­ing for things to change is not easy. So what should you do while you’re wait­ing? Pour your­self into the job at hand; oth­er­wise you’ll short­change your own future. James writes, “Be patient… See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valu­able crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm.” James 5:7 – 8 NIV.

What God has in store for you is worth any price you have to pay and any sea­son of wait­ing you have to go through.

I will wait, till my change comes.” Job 14:14 NKJV

Before you quit and give up in dis­cour­age­ment, con­sid­er the long and dif­fi­cult process by which a but­ter­fly emerges from its cocoon. If you by to rush Gods pur­pose and process in your life, you’ll pro­duce some­thing deformed — some­thing that can’t get off the ground and fly.

Per­haps you’re think­ing, “I can’t wait for this to be over.” That’s under­standable. Job could­n’t either. He said, “All the days of my hard ser­vice I will wait, till my change comes.” But by God’s grace he sur­vived, and end­ed up with twice as much as he lost. So hold on, your change is com­ing! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him!

There’s a work going on in you right now. Some­thing is dying that has to die, so that some­thing bet­ter can be brought to life. Let it hap­pen. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed­nego told a king, “We will not bow down to you” (See Daniel 3:18). Don’t bow to temp­ta­tion, or to manip­u­la­tion, or to ungod­ly per­sua­sion. Don’t try to keep up with the Jone­ses, or sur­render to self­ish ambi­tion and self-pro­mo­tion. Don’t bow to the spir­it of anx­ious­ness and impa­tience. Con­tin­ue to walk by faith and not by sight, know­ing that “[God] is able to do exceed­ing­ly abun­dant­ly above all we are able to ask or think” (See Eph­esians 3:20). They say, “Good things come to those who wait.” The deter­min­ing fac­tor is Who you are wait­ing for. God says there’s a pur­pose for all these things (See Ecc. 3:1).

Wait, God will make the pieces fit togeth­er. He won’t dis­ap­point you.

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA.