I wrote a blog few days ago on lessons I am learning currently as I wait on God for a number of things. This is the second part. If you missed the previous post, kindly check it out at the bottom of the page.
5. As you wait, your life must go on.
We recently listened to a friend share how their marriage almost hit the rocks last year. I was in shock as they shared because they seemed happy together the better part of last year. How come they had a major struggle?
Their response to our surprise was easy, you do not let a circumstance rob you of your joy and your life. Life must go on. Yes you must be actively seeking a solution to whatever you are going through, but you sure must move on. My friends were sure working on their marriage challenge, but they did not allow it to rob them of their other marriage facets. As long as you are seeking a solution and have not given up praying, keep happy. Have life. As you wait for the season.
Problems, and things to trust God for, like C.S Lewis says in his book, Mere Christianity, rush at you like wild animals. Your first job each morning must consist simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind. We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system: because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us.
Keep making the applications, but before the job comes, Trust God and have life.
Before that fiancé comes, Trust God and have life.
Before your job related prayers are answered, Trust God. Keep going. Keep working.
Before the marriage issue is sorted, keep loving. Trust God and Keep going.
Let the Lord Teach you on the way. Keep Trusting Him as the Shepherd who is in love with you.
6. And the last lesson I have is, this is for your sanctification.
Recently, I have been accused of saying things I am sure I never said, not once. This has been very distressing especially because I am sure I haven’t said one of the words I have been accused of. So I asked God to teach me why this is happening, and He told me that it is for my sanctification. And today, in church, I was reminded of the many times I have used a statement against someone; where I get another meaning of a statement made by someone and I make it a big thing. As I repented, I asked God to guard my lips and heart that I may not sin against Him, or gossip anyone.
You see? I only realized this after going through hell. I have read books that say suffering is God’s loudspeaker to reach to us when we cannot hear His quiet voice beckoning us to change something.
It is in waiting that our characters are sharpened as in, ‘….we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us…’ Rom 5:1-5
So Wait on God. Seek to know, in Prayer, why it is happening. God is faithful to answer. May be because He cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7
Waiting is never easy. Your waiting may be in suffering, or for something. But in all things remember, He cares for you, and it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord, Lam: 3:26.