There are irreversible lessons in life for future reference and to keep others from falling in the same pit. God forgives and gets us through our mess but the consequences of impatience are ever present.
Am here now, with the realization that as long as I am still on this earth, there are two things I may not achieve: a life of comfort (many yet to receive Christ) and perfection. We can remain in one spot for ages trying to achieve what God desires for us, thus the call to be patient and persevere. While we are waiting for life to unfold, its important to know that:
- We are waiting on God
Every good and perfect gift comes from God, James 1:17. Not our friends or family, spouses or children. Not the bosses we are eager to please for a promotion. He desires to bless us, the only problem is we don’t know how to protect what is freely given, and the best example is salvation through the death & resurrection of Christ. Waiting as a process molds us to be keepers and remain in awe of what God can do, only if we don’t give in to short cuts.
Being there myself, I know how waiting on God can be a challenge. I have moved on my own where I thought God was taking forever or he simply didn’t understand my circumstances. Big mistakes I made. Some decisions are irreversible and God has had to continuously reassure me that first am forgiven, and he works out all things for good to those who love him and have been called according to his own purpose. What makes this period easier? It’s knowing that:
- God has a better perspective of our lives.
- He has amazing plans that will blow our minds, Psalms 139:17-18.
- There’s nothing good you can accomplish on your own.
- You can go ahead and work things out by yourself but you can’t drag along fulfillment and contentment.
- A solid foundation in Christ is the only thing that will keep you focused.
- We get answers when we are actively seeking…fellowships, prayer, reading & studying the word. That’s the active line of communication with God.
- Avoid distractions – wrong company and especially one that pulls you away from God, being lukewarm in salvation, negative thoughts and environments.
- Continue to pray even when you don’t understand. Rant (to explain at length a complaint or negative opinion) to God about your feelings of frustrations and ask for grace to desire him more than your needs.
- Godliness with contentment is great gain
God appeared to Solomon and prompted him to ask for anything he wanted. He chose wisdom and God responded “I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings,1 Kings 3:12-13.” Solomon in all his wisdom & wealth considered everything meaningless Ecc. 1:1. He considered wisdom, pleasure and toil meaningless. This is how he concluded the book of Ecclesiastes in chapter 12:13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.” So there’s one who had everything anyone could ever dream of yet was not fulfilled. What is it that makes us associate one more achievement/answered prayer to contentment? Truth is, if we are not happy in our present circumstances, no car/wife/child/husband/new job/extra cash will give us more contentment. Remember blessings come with more responsibilities.
- Keep Asking
Have you gone to certain government offices to be served? Well, that’s one place we can practice patience. In my previous work, I had to get tax exemption approval documents from the Kenya Revenue Authority to clear solar lanterns from customs. This usually took between 2 and 72 hours…2 hours when I camped in those offices, 72 when I went back to the office, sometimes less when I followed up with calls. Being present and pursuing those officers meant I was available to block them from their 3 hour lunch breaks, provide and receive any clarification. In Luke 11, Jesus mentioned the story of a guy knocking on his friend’s door in the middle of the night for bread. The one inside was asleep with his children in bed and did not want to be disturbed. The fellow kept on knocking and eventually got his bread because of his boldness. Are you giving God a break after knocking once, twice, thrice? Continue to PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens. I know what this feels like, take a break when you feel your need is consuming you; those moments when you start to question God in line with the unanswered prayer. Talk to people, browse on blogs and listen to the word for encouragement, this will keep you going in prayer.
- The past won’t tell you anything new
So don’t listen to it. It’s a time waster, a rocking chair that won’t get you anywhere. It leaves you drained. It reminds you of everything God has forgiven and completely forgotten. It draws you back to a place that won’t offer you anything at all, if not more heartache.
- One day at a time
Part of waiting is knowing you are on the right track. Give each day to the Lord, without wishing you were either more or less. If feelings of inadequate overwhelm, the Holy Spirit is able to bring truth on every doubt. Seek him.
Firstly, know that it doesn’t matter what you want in life, if it doesn’t come from God it will still leave you empty and dissatisfied. God adds no sorrow to what he blesses, Proverbs 10:22. Prioritize on establishing a relationship with God. Remember Solomon’s sentiments…everything is meaningless.
Secondly, know what you want and ask for the will of God concerning it, that is, question if God approves of it. He sent us the Holy spirit to guide us into all truth, John 16:13. If God gives you peace about it continue to pursue that prayer irrespective of the outcome and your feelings. God will provide direction on what to do, who to talk to and so on.
Thirdly, appreciate where you are. You now could be the best moments of your entire life and just because one or two things are unavailable, don’t leave the bird at hand for two still in heaven.
Fourthly, bang on that door. He will only send you away with what you need.
Fifthly, every day counts when it comes to the things you desire. If we spend our time seeking direction from God who has all figured out, there’s little left for detours of worry, discouragement, fear, doubt and the likes.
Lastly, the past is gone with the wind. Don’t go chasing it, opening old sores and creating wounds that won’t heal.
Don’t be stuck behind that wheel, God is saving us a lot of heartache.