Monday, November 24, 2008

waiting on God

Week 2 of Habakkuk: When God Doesn't Seem Fair was good as we talked about how to survive and hear from God while we are in the valleys that life sends our way.  One of the huge things that our low times call for is waiting.  By the way, I don't have much patience, and I don't care to wait.  Enough said.

But God's answer is often "wait" when we ask or seek Him.  The reasons He says wait can be varied.  Anything from the situation will work out in time to this is just not the right time and anything in between.  Waiting builds our faith and tests our faith.

Psalm 130:5 (nasb) --- wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

Isaiah 40:31 (nasb) --- Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

The valleys are not fun, yet the results, the outcome and life after can be full of blessings and learning and ministry.  Have you seen that first hand?  Let God work, and you will see it.

Waiting may very well be the hardest thing we do in life, but God is working in the middle of what is going on.  Waiting.  Stopping.  Those things allow us to see God clearer and hear Him better.  In the waiting we are reminded to not loose heart and to live by faith.  No, that is not easy either.  

Our valleys often reveal the depth of our faith in God.  What do your valley's say about you and your relationship with Jesus?

I close with some nuggets to chew on.  Here are some comments from Tony Morgan's blog and this blog post (just a couple made me think):

"People who are going through the motions hurt a business, but only the owners or stockholders are hurt- when ministry is populated with people going through the motions, Satan delights, and an important part of the Kingdom work suffers." - Hal

"Empowering takes more work on the front end.. guiding, coaching, encouraging, realigning when needed, etc but once you have empowered someone to own it, the results are exponential. I find that I will never get out of the details if I only delegate." - Jenni

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