5 Things to Remember When You Are Waiting on God
I have a confession to make. I don’t like waiting in lines. If I walk into a store or if I see a drive-thru with a long line, I will go home. I’d rather go hungry than wait in a long line (I know that is bad, but confession is good for the soul.) Long lines are like a curse to me, and I avoid them like the plague.
When you are waiting on God, you are still asking, seeking, and knocking because waiting is not a passive place, but it is a place of action believing God will do what he has said.
When you are waiting on God – especially because you don’t know how long it will take – you can begin to ask questions. Did I hear you correctly? Did you say what you really said? Are you really going to do what you said? Have you changed your mind? In these moments you must remind yourself of an unchangeable truth – it is impossible for God to lie.
God will not lie to you because he can’t. God is truth and every word he has spoken will always be true. This is the reason you can believe everything God has said. If he has given you a promise, you can be certain it is true because he cannot lie.
One of the tricks of the enemy is to get you to question what God has said and this trick started in the garden. What did Satan ask Eve? Did God really say? (Gen. 3:1). The enemy loves to throw these darts at you causing you to lose hope, faith, and trust in what God has said. If you ever feel tempted to fall for this trick, then remember the truth of Hebrews – it is impossible for God to lie.
I know some people who are part of fraternities. Some of these fraternities have a practice of branding the logo of the fraternity onto the body of those who become members of the fraternity. This is painful, but when they do this, it forever identifies and reminds them of the organization they belong to. I encourage you to brand these truths into your heart and your spirit. As you are waiting, you will have a forever reminder that God cannot lie, and if he has promised it, he will not change his mind.
If you have ever seen a big ocean liner, cruise ship or even a little tugboat, they all come with an anchor. The whole purpose of dropping an anchor is to keep the vessel from drifting away due to the current or wind. The anchor fixes the vessel to a certain position.
This is the role God’s promises play for your soul. They keep you from drifting away when the winds and currents of life come, and they hold you steady when you are waiting. The reason the anchor is necessary is because sometimes the storms are rough, and the temptation is to give up and drift away. However, when you fix your position to Jesus and his promises, he gives you the hope to stand strong and anchored as you wait for him to come through on your behalf.
When you are in the waiting place, you need to get yourself an anchor. The beauty of the anchor is that even if you want to drift, you can’t because you are chained to the anchor. As you wait, find a promise of God, anchor your soul to it, and allow that promise to keep you fixed no matter what happens around you. Things may be moving around you, but you will stand secure.
In Israel only once per year, on Yom Kippur, could the high priest and only the high priest enter the inner sanctuary, also known as the holy of holies or most holy place. He had to go through an extensive ritual just to enter because this is where God’s presence dwelt. If the high priest went in without being properly prepared, he died. They tied a rope around his ankle just in case he died while in there so they could drag him out.
The beauty of God’s promises are they lead you right into his presence. What his presence does is it solidifies the anchors of his promises that are tied to your soul. You cannot get through the waiting places in your life if you don’t spend time in God’s presence.
Have you ever noticed that when you get into God’s presence, your anxiety goes away, your fear diminishes, and your worries seem to cease? This happens because you are reminding yourself how good God is and how faithful he is. When you do that, hope is restored in your soul and you can keep going.
His promises are designed to lead you into his presence. His presence is where you drop the weight of everything you are carrying and pick up his yoke and his burden, which the Bible says are easy and light. His presence will get you through the waiting place.
If you are in a waiting place today, anchor yourself to God’s promise and know that he has not lied to you. Don’t wait on God with worry, but wait with expectation and make preparation because God will do what he said he will do. I can’t tell you when it will happen, I just know it will because it is impossible for God to lie.
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Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a speaker, Bible teacher, and co-founder of The Bible Study Club. He is the author of The Pursuit of Purpose which will help you understand how God leads you into his will. He has also just released his new book The Pursuit of Victory: How To Conquer Your Greatest Challenges and Win In Your Christian Life. Do you want to go deeper in your walk with the Lord but can’t seem to overcome the stuff that keeps getting in the way? This book will teach you how to put the pieces together so you can live a victorious Christian life and finally become the man or woman of God that you truly desire to be. To learn more about his ministry please visit clarencehaynes.com.