I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
So, it’s been awhile now since you’ve prayed that prayer to God. Your situation still looks the same (if not worse) and you just don’t know what you are going to do. You know God gave you the vision, but the journey there is just becoming too much. You’re tired of waiting. Tired of seeing everyone else get their prayers answered before you. You’ve been faithful, but you just don’t know if you can keep going like this.
Rest assured, dear heart. God does answer all of His promises. Most people just never see them because they grew tired in the waiting. Today, I want to encourage you not to become one of those people who gave up right before they reached the mountain top.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Let’s take a trip down biblical lane. It was God’s prophet Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been held captive for numerous of years. Following that, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Even after escaping they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before they finally caught sight of the promised land. God knew He would delay their journey because the people were not ready (due to unbelief and disobedience) to enter the promised land. As time went by, many began to grumble and wanted to go back to captivity. Similar to how people now slip back into sin when they don’t see immediate results. They have made sin there comfort zone; in other words, death their comfort zone. God let those who complained die in the desert. At one point, God’s chosen people also sent spies to scope out the enemy. Soon after, out of fear of the unknown, they didn’t want to do what God commanded because they saw how big and equipped their enemies were. Don’t sometimes we go by sight, and not by faith? God will tell us to do something and we scope out the situation to guage the threat level beforehand instead of relying on God’s strength alone. Along the journey there were also those who made idols out of just about anything. Remember the golden calf? Similar to how people still do today when they see no physical God so they begin worshipping the false and self-made gods of this world – money, celebrities, etc.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
Let’s be honest. Sometimes we get discouraged when we don’t see instant results. But we forget that God’s timing is not our timing. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. The Bible says the Lord is not slow to fulfill His promises as we would consider slow. The Christian walk is all about faith. We walk by faith and not by sight. Even when our situation looks dire and we are backed into a corner, we still cling to God and rest in knowing that He does not leave us neither abandon us. We are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not into our own understanding. God is intentional and there is not a promise yet He has failed to fulfill. I must mention that Moses never entered the promised land because he disobeyed one of God’s specific instructions towards the end of the journey. However, He did get to see the land as God had promised him, but from Mt. Nebo before he died in the land of Moab. Moses was a mighty servant of God and the meekest in all the earth at that time. He is easily admired by many, but in this one circumstance it is better not to be like Moses’ and those who accompanied him. He came so close to the promise just to be barred from the land as a result of growing weary of obeying.
But as for those who did reach the promised land much later under Joshua’s leadership, they had faith in who God was and not in what their circumstances were; and that there, friend, is how we need to be. In this instance let’s be like Joshua and Caleb. They were the only two spies who trusted in the Lord to aide them despite the threat they saw. The Bible says whoever puts their hands to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom. So, hang in there. Get rooted in faith because without it it is impossible to please God. If God said it will be then it will be. Don’t miss out on your promise because you don’t see any changes. Instead, when you are weary ask God for the strength to endure the race. He is faithful to renew our strength and to provide us with the wisdom we need to perseverance. You’ve come too far to give up now. Keep going. ♡
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
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