Positivity is something I’ve recently been battling to capture. It has eluded me like a fish I’m trying to catch with my hands in a large pond; right when I think I have hold of it, something comes along to scare it away.
I know I’m not alone with this particular fight. So many Christians are battling and waiting on the Lord for their victory, breakthrough, miracle, overflow, answer…so much waiting, which leads to discouragement.
I became curious and began researching scripture on waiting. As I read through the many, many verses regarding waiting upon the Lord, the Spirit said to me, “WAITING IS A FORM OF FAITH”.
I’m not going to lie, waiting on the Lord is one of my least favorite things to do. Patience is not an innate characteristic of mine. I often feel like a racehorse pawing at the gate, ready to sprint, needing to spring, yet time after time the gate just won’t open. God keeps it closed until He is ready.
When I think of the pain that can often come with waiting, I think of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt. Do you know Moses was eighty years old when he went before Pharaoh demanding he let God’s people go? Since the Israelites we enslaved long before Moses was even born, think about how long they were waiting for their deliverance! Months, years, decades past with no reprieve from slavery, yet the Israelites still had to find a way to encourage themselves and remind one another that they were God’s chosen people and He would deliver them.
When they were finally freed, they had to wait another 40 years in the desert to walk into the promised land due to unbelief. But, within the waiting, they became an unstoppable force.
The Israelites were not warriors, all they had known their entire lives was slavery, yet they demolished the Amalekites well-trained and ruthless army because they waited upon the Lord and eventually learned who God was and who they were in Him (Exodus 17).
Within their waiting, they drank water from a rock, ate manna from heaven, watched as the winds brought the quail, were warmed by the pillar of fire and led by the cloud. The Israelites witnessed daily miracles and eventually became the greatest nation in the world.
God resides within the waiting. Often, in the waiting, He is teaching us something, molding us into who He desires us to be and preparing us for the path He is placing in front of us.
So, I guess we continue to ask in faith and believe, with all we’ve got, that what we ask for will come to pass, regardless of the time it takes, it WILL happen.
We will receive healing, victory, breakthrough, overflow, for our God is for us, He is within us and He is all around us.
If you are waiting upon the Lord for something, regardless of what it is, know that even within the waiting you can witness miracles, win great battles and overcome giant obstacles.
God has not left you and He has not forgotten you. Your victory is coming, your time in the desert drawing to a close, every step is bringing you closer to your promised land.
“Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.” –Micah 7:7