Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I'm Waiting

There was a time in the Bible when the apostles couldn’t cast out a mute spirit from a guy’s son. When Jesus appeared, the man explained what had been happening to his son since childhood. It was some pretty horrible things. The man ended with saying to Jesus…"But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Jesus didn’t rebuke him for his unbelief rather he rebuked the unclean spirit. He helped his unbelief.

Ever been in a place in your life where you believe in Jesus with all of your heart. I mean you don’t doubt that Jesus can take care of the situation, but…you’ve been praying a long time and you’ve suffered loss in the waiting for an answer. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus could speak and there would be healing, everything would be fixed, if only…and as you wait it’s so easy to waver, it’s so easy to wonder why, or where is He? It’s where a person’s faith gets stretched and…Lord, help my unbelief!

It’s not a matter of not believing in Him, it’s just, sometimes a person can be stretched so far past where a person is in their faith. A person can even reach the point of asking "Haven’t I been stretched enough?" And then there is that moment where faith grows. Unbelief is helped.

I had one of those moments recently in the waiting period…"Lord, help my unbelief during this tough time." The verse that went through my mind was from what is called the Lord’s prayer- “give us our daily bread.” Jesus was teaching the apostles how to pray, “give us our daily bread.”

What is your need for today?

Then I was reminded of Jesus saying, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Wow, that is a difficult thing to do, but I’ve discovered the key to waiting, is to take care of today’s troubles and trust God with the tomorrows. What can or should I do today?

One thing I can do today is, cast my cares upon Him and bring all my anxious thoughts to Him so that the peace that passes all understanding through Jesus will fill me.

I can praise Him for all the things He does and is going to do.

Another thing, I can follow the example of all of those people in the Bible doing their faith walk.

Abraham believed God – I can believe Him.

David had a heart after God – I can have a heart after God.

Joseph never compromised – I can be sure to not compromise.

Joshua didn’t fear – I can turn from fear.

Caleb believed God was bigger than the giants – I can believe God is bigger than the giants.

Peter trusted God love for him when he failed – I can trust God’s love when I fail.

Paul was content no matter what situation he was in – I can be content no matter what situation I am in.

There are so many things I can do today. The moment I am in, is the moment I can live for, and do, all that I can, to make the right choices and keep my heart toward Him.

I’m not saying I don’t wake up panicked, I don’t get frustrated, or wonder when?

No, I’m saying these are the things I can practice doing while I wait and trust God during the trial.

I know, though the answer hasn’t come yet, the Bible PROMISES all things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

I can trust in the promises God makes, because He never lies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Linda. Praise God for His promises when we're stretched by circumstances. You are a beautiful example of one who chooses to embrace the truths of the Living Word.
Carol Wilson
ciwilson@ipns.com