This verse is so easy to quote and yet so hard to actually do sometimes. We can say it to others to try and encourage them but how quickly we forget it when our own time of “waiting” actually comes. I’ve recently been struggling with waiting for a new/better job opportunity. I’ve been on my current job for almost 3 years, with little room for growth or increase in pay. I’ve actually been given more responsibility disguised as a “better opportunity” only to still have the same title and pay at the end of the day…..oh and not to mention stricter guidelines and a reduction in my bonus….yeah I’m smh too. After being promised a new role within a year of starting this job, the fulfillment of that promise keeps getting pushed further and further away. I’m sure many of you can identify with this scenario. However, in the midst of complaining, talking about management, and wishing I could just quit most days, God has been vigorously reminding me through His Word how horrible my attitude has been while I wait for Him to answer my prayers:
Philippians 4:19 (NASB): “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
God to me: Remember when you only had a contract job that was about to end and were praying for a full-time permanent job with a schedule that suited your situation as a single mom and I answered by blessing you with this current job?
Colossians 3:23 (NIV): “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
God to me: Remember that no matter where you are or what you’re doing that I have commanded you to go about it diligently as if you are working directly for me and not for your boss?
Philippians 2:14 (NLT): “ Do everything without complaining and arguing.”
God to me: Remember when I taught you that you need to learn to stop complaining about everything because it definitely could be worse?
John 10:10 (CEV): “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.”
God to me: Remember that I see the bigger picture of your life and know what is best for you and that since I’m God, I will give you that new/better job opportunity at just the right time, at just the right place, in accordance to my will.
Learn to be thankful daily for what God is doing and has already done in my life. I can even start each day off this way by either writing down the things I’m grateful for or just telling God out loud what I’m thankful for.
Learn to go about my day – work, home, gym, hobbies, church, etc. – being the person, mom, daughter, sister, employee that God has called me to be, as if I’m doing it all for Him and not for them.
Stop complaining! Period. Everyone does it, why not start by being the one person I know who doesn’t.
Remember God is God, and I’m not. He is in complete control of my life and that NEVER changes. He knows what is best and that includes the timing of my blessings.
Enjoy my everyday life and appreciate my current blessings while I wait for God to answer my prayers and send more blessings my way!
It’s not a question of “when God will show up or answer my prayers”, He is always here to begin with, in my situation with me, because the Bible declares that He will never leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). The question is “when will I show up for Him, and start doing what I’m supposed to do, while I wait for His will to manifest in my life?” God promised Abraham a son, and did not fulfill His promise until 25 years later (Genesis ch. 12, 15-17, 21). Now that is some serious waiting! Some of us can barely wait 25 minutes, or 25 days, let alone 25 years! If you read the story you will see that Abraham also strayed in his attitude and service toward God throughout the waiting process, but in the end when he had an attitude shift/re-focus, God fulfilled His promise.
No matter what it is you are “waiting”/ trusting God for, remember, “waiting” on God to do what He’s already planned to do in your life, is going to make you a stronger better version of yourself in the long run, no matter how long or short the waiting period is. As the verse says, those who wait (continue to trust in Him) will renew their strength. As you and I develop that strength, we’ll run through this and other situations of life without growing weary/tired; in fact we’ll mount up with wings like eagles and soar through life without getting faint…..GUARANTEED! According to the Mirror of His Word!