The Grace to Wait

I’ve always been very healthy. Like, I was the type of person who rarely went to the doctor, and when I did, I had to be very hurting or sick. This past year, I had a lot of scary health things happen. I saw almost every type of specialist you can think of and underwent tons of tests. I went to the doctor more last year than I ever have in my entire life. I kept praying for answers that didn’t come. They couldn’t figure out what all was going on with me—though they knew there was definitely something going on.

I struggled with my faith throughout this time. I kept trying to trust in God, but those worrisome thoughts kept creeping into my head. I finally had to reach a point where I turned it all over to him and said, “You know best. If I live, I’ll live unto You. If I die, I’ll be with You and all my loved ones who’ve went on before me. Please help me have faith and courage.”

“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”
Romans 14:7-7, KJV

This verse greatly comforted me.

Only when I turned it all over to God and truly meant it did I start to get answers. I still don’t have all the answers, but we’re getting closer to discovering whatever is going on.

The point is this: Throughout all those terrifying health issues, I learned to trust God more. I believe he made me wait to increase my faith and trust in Him. Of course, I wish I didn’t have to go through all the pain I did, but if it brought me closer to Him, then it’s all worth it.

God uses all situations—good and bad—to draw His children closer to Him and teach them lessons. My lesson was in faith and trust. I still feel the cloud of worry and anxiety pass over me from time to time, but now instead of dwelling in it, I immediately say a prayer, reaffirm my trust in God and offer it all up to Him.

We’re not supposed to carry those heavy burdens of worry and anxiety. God is in control, and He will take care of us. We must trust Him at all times and rest in Him—in the peace that only He can give.

It can be hard to rest in the Lord and wait patiently, especially if you’re a worrier and prone to anxiety like me. However, sometimes God makes us wait to teach us patience and to increase our faith in Him. When we learn to wait, we learn to trust Him, that His timing is perfect. If God’s making you wait, it’s because He knows best and He wants to increase your faith and trust in Him.

FEBRUARY 03, 2021 WEDNESDAY

Nobody in our culture likes to wait. It’s easy to become impatient for the doctor to enter the exam room, the grocery cashier to work faster, or the website to load. Patience can even be elusive in our relationship with God if He doesn’t answer our prayer requests as soon as we want.

David, the author of today’s psalm, wrote often about the need to wait on the Lord. In the original language, this word means “to rest quietly” or “to quiet oneself.” Does that describe how you wait, or do you fret and worry?

The key to waiting quietly for the Lord is to maintain your hope in Him regardless of your situation. That’s how David was able to wait for God’s ordained time to become king. Although he was anointed as king in his youth, the promise wasn’t fulfilled until he was 30 years old. In those intervening years he suffered much hardship and unfairness, but he upheld his hope in the Lord.

Are you waiting today for God to change or accomplish something in your life? If so, follow David’s example: With awareness that the Lord is your refuge and strength, trust in both His timing and provision.

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