Copyright © 2011-2019 | Esther Joy Fajoye
At times we ask God for things and if we have to wait a while, we start wondering when we are going to get it or if we ever will.
If we are struggling or going through tough times, we might look at passages like Deutoronomy 28, where God promises us blessings and wonder when we will receive them. Or we may look around and start comparing our lives to others, thinking that the people around us are blessed with a better life while we're struggling. Or we find ourselves at the same place after a few years and think that something is wrong or our life is not moving anywhere. We may feel like giving up or feel as if things are never going to get better or feel that the plans God has in store for us are never going to happen.
But we need to realise that these trials are part of our faith. If we all had such a bliss free easy life, with no worries at all, we will still never be content or it might cause us to forget our creator.
Thats why life is unpredictable and comes with all sorts of things. There are tears, joy, happiness, sadness, weakness, etc...
But when times are hard, it is then we need to remain strong because we need to believe in our heart that things will get better but trust that it will happen in God's own time not our own.
James 1:3-4 - 'The testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.'
The perseverance we gain is from when we stand firm under pressure and against anything that comes our way. Which in turn builds up our character, making us bolder and stronger in Christ. So when we come out on the other side, we would have developed qualities making us ready for whatever we asked for and what God has promised us.
This means that God knows when we are fully ready to come out of our suffering and receive our blessings.
But God looks at our faith and how much we trust in Him, not how much we moan and grumble. Hebrews 11:1 - 'Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.' This is faith, staying positive, believing that God will completely fulfil and restore our lives and everything in it. Faith means believing everything in God's Word. Also believing that we will receive from God everything we have asked for in prayer (Mark 11:24).
The only way we can get things moving is to remain patience to keep up our faith, and trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Romans 8:25 - 'But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.'
Patience is key! Faith and patience work together. Patience is the bridge that holds up and supports our faith, if we run out of patience, our faith levels drop. Hebrews 6:12 says that those who hold on to 'faith and patience inherit what has been promised.'
If we choose to have faith in God, then we also choose to have patience under our trials. God has been faithful to many of those who held on to faith and patience. By faith, Moses left Pharoah's home and suffered with his fellow Israelites and endured 'because he was looking ahead to his reward.' (Hebrews 11:24-26). And in God's time, he received his rewards for his faithfulness.
David was annointed by Saul to be King of Israel at a young age but didn't end up being King till about 20 years later! He had a really long wait and during those 20 years, he went through many trials, but remained patient, kept his faith, persevered and grew more in God, so when he finally became king he was fully ready and had the strength to be a great king.
It serves us well if we wait, rather than get impatient and try to do things ourselves in our own time without God's intervention.
It may be disheartening to feel burdened or feel like things in our lives aren't moving but God blesses us more when we wait and stay strong through all this. We need to persevere so that we will receive what God has promised us. (Hebrews 10:36)
When we finally receive all we have been promised it will be so much better because we will be ready for it, and it will be well worth the wait.
No matter how long it takes, joy and rejoicing is guaranteed to come in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
Our faith is what keeps this going, held up by patience. So try to 'be strong, take heart and wait for the Lord' - (Psalms 27:14)