I waited 40 weeks to meet my daughter for the first time. I waited 3 years and 8 months to give my body away only in the context of marriage after making a vow to God. I waited 2 years and 5 months to experience breakthrough after being in a tough wilderness season. I waited 28 years, 9 months and 17 days to marry the love of my life. And guess what? I am still waiting for God to perform some things that He has promised me.
In case you have not realized it yet, we will do a lot of waiting in this lifetime, so you may as well get real good at it. As more and more time passes, as we watch “it” happen for seemingly everyone else, as the circumstances surrounding the situation begin to look less and less favorable, it can be hard to keep faith that it is ever going to happen for you. But isn’t that what the enemy wants? He knows that he can’t stop what God has for you, so he’ll try to get you to forfeit it instead by giving up on what you believe. He will try to plant various lies in your head such as “You’re getting too old to think about marriage and babies.”No one will ever want you with all of those kids,” “There aren’t any guys that will ever live up to your standards.” “Nobody wants you.” “You’ll never get out of this situation.” “No one is going to wait until marriage to have sex with you.” “If God was going to do it, He would’ve done it by now.” It is during those times of mental bombardments that we really need to be careful about where our focus is. If we continue to feed those lies by meditating on them instead of focusing our attention on God and what He said, we will fail every time. So what I like to do when the enemy starts to attack my mind with those negative thoughts and lies is to fight him with my sword(the Word of God). See, you can’t battle a thought with another thought. Try it next time and let me know how that turns out. Instead, you have to combat those thoughts by SPEAKING (the Word). Isn’t that what Jesus did when he was in the wilderness (Matthew 4). Everytime Satan would try to tell him a temptation or lie, Jesus would just respond out loud with “It is written” and recite whatever the Word of God says. By doing this, He was combating the lies that Satan was spewing with the truth of God’s Words. It is important that you have 2-3 scriptures memorized and ingrained in your heart (not just your head) that you can speak out loud whenever you get tempted to believe those lies. God’s Words will become a tree of life rooted deep in you that will continue to grow and produce much fruit.
Pay attention to what you’re planting
Genesis 8:22 says this” As long as the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest.” I like to read that scripture like this: As long as the earth remains, there will be seed, then time, then harvest. Every single thing in the earth goes through this cycle of planting, some time passes and then we reap what we have been sowing. For this reason, it is important to always be mindful of the things you are sowing especially while you are in a season of waiting. When you plant, you are planting things in the form of 1. Your words and 2. Your actions. Therefore your life right now looks like the sum total of what you have been planting over the years in the form of your words and your actions. What have you been speaking over your life? What have you been doing with your life? No matter what our situation looks like we should always be speaking positively about ourselves and our circumstances. That is why if you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that I post a lot of confessions with scriptures attached to them. And I am not just speaking any old thing for the sake of talking; there is no power in that. I agreeing with what God has already said about me and what I can have in His Word. So be careful with the seeds that you are planting because one day you are going to be eating the fruit of them. (Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. -Proverbs 18:21)
We should also be careful to watch what we are planting with our actions. Are we doing the right thing even when no one is watching? Are we obeying God even when it is difficult? Are we serving? Are we giving? Are we loving people properly? What is our attitude like? All of these things are producing a harvest in our life, and whether the harvest is good or bad depends on whether the seeds planted were good or bad.
Get everything that you’re supposed to get out of this season
God wants to fulfill His promises to you even more than you want Him to. However, sometimes God wants to change us before He changes our situation. God is a good Father, and He will not give us anything prematurely. A child at 7 and a child at 17 are in two different mindsets and levels of maturity. A good father would not hand over the keys to a brand new car to his 7 year old, but he may do so to his 17 year old. In the same way, some of us have some maturing to do before we can receive the promises that God has for us. This is why it’s so important for us to get as much out of our current season as possible. The things you are experiencing now are no doubt preparing you for what God has for your future. If you’re not the person that God needs you to be for that husband, that ministry, that family, that job or whatever else, He will hold off until you are good and ready. So instead of using this time to sulk and feel sorry for yourself, use it to figure out what areas God wants you to improve in. Discover what revelation He wants you to get. Realize how He wants your relationship with Him to evolve and whatever else He may be trying to impart to you.
Ask God to refresh you
Don’t you find it ironic that waiting can be one of the most exhausting things there is? By definition the word wait means to “stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something happens”. Yet, Isaiah 14:31 says “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” It takes a strong person to wait on God, and it is a race that should be run as a marathon, not a sprint so pace yourself. If you find yourself getting weary while you wait, get honest with God. Let Him know exactly how you feel and then ask Him to refresh you. That scripture promises that He will renew your strength even when you don’t know if you can keep going. You will find yourself being renewed and refreshed seemingly out of nowhere.
It is important to remember that just because it has not happened yet, does not mean it is never going to happen. I am learning that trusting God includes trusting His timing so I have got to believe that He will never show up late. The good news is that whatever we are waiting for, does not have to stop us from living our best life right now. You don’t have to wait for a man to be happy. You don’t have to wait until your bank account has a certain amount of zeros to enjoy life. You don’t have to wait until you lose a certain amount of weight to feel beautiful. Being happy and enjoying life is a decision, and it’s a choice that we have to make every single day. No amount of money, love, beauty or anything else can bring you true joy and contentment;Those things come only from God. It is my prayer that you not only wait, but that you wait well and that you enjoy every single moment before, during and after the fulfillment of the promise.
Some scriptures to meditate on:
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4)
Still Hidden in Him,