Food for ThoughtPsalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Psalm 27:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and courageous.
Wait for the Lord.

Waiting is one of the most difficult things for us, as Christians, to do, and yet it is what we are faced with most in our walk with God.   

Our courage wanes as the moments of waiting turn into days, weeks, months and even years. What was easy to endure in the beginning of this period, can sometimes become a time of just surviving and trying to maintain a posture of faith. There seems to be no reason for this desert.  The sun is continually beating down on our soul, and we are desperate for an oasis of some kind just to take the edge off.  This is when we question everything and our frustrations escalate because we have no answers and questioning is futile. We are led into territory of great duress in this season of waiting and nothing makes sense.  

We know what we are supposed to do; we are supposed to have a smile on our face and a pep in our step, saying things like I am blessed." We hide our pain and growing resentment.  

Yes, God wants us to press forward, even in the midst of emotional winds that blow us in disarray, but He desires us to be real.  And the truth is that Waiting,  for whatever we need to materialize,  can pave the way for doubt and depression to emerge.  

Psalm 51:6 (NASB)

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

In this waiting period,  God secretly removes things from within our hearts that dont belong there.    

Waiting also produces fruit within us.  It teaches us to rest in the Lord, trusting Him to do all that needs to be done in and through us.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

None of us, who want to mature and heal, are exempt from this process of waiting.

Challenge:   When you are going through the waiting process, keep reading the word of God through the tears;  pray through the tears and thank God that He is putting you through the process so that you will be strong and find great healing.   Keep moving forward through the tears.

God bless

Marni

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