In the last couple of weeks, I have been walking around with this question in my heart. How much does God ask us to hope expectantly, and how much does He want us to rest contently? To explain it better: How much do we need to have faith in God’s ability to do the impossible, miraculous, or supernatural? And on the other hand, how much do we need to rest and be content with our circumstances as they are? I had this internal tug of war. Hope and tremendous expectation vs. contentment and satisfaction for where I am.
I suppose this question did not develop because of a lack of faith or trust in God, but because I was questioning if I was in some way prolonging a season in my life that has been continuing for many months now. It has been a journey of trying to find peace in between the hope for change and being at rest with God’s process and timing. I have always known that God was building perseverance, a renewed perspective, character, and refining my heart. But, did I in some way, slow the process down?Furthermore, was I somehow missing out or limiting God to do and prepare in me what was necessary for the future? I did not want to disappoint Him, or make a mistake I would regret in the foreseeable future.
Sounds confusing, right? Confusion does not come from God. The enemy tried to divert my focus on things of secondary importance. He was distracting me with the things of God. But, I had to refocus on God and not on all the things that surround my walk with Him.
These have been weeks where I had to remind myself again that God does not always promise an understanding of events or seasons in our lives, but that He requires our trust and faith in Him. Just believe in Him. True faith is when we hope while we do not yet see.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Romans 8:24 TPT “For this is the hope of our salvation. But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have?”
An additional aspect I came to realize once again, is that trust involves an attitude of active waiting. It is this tension between expectant hope and patience that can only take place within our relationship with the Lord. I am specifically using the word tension, because of the Hebrew word for wait (qavah).
The Hebrew word qavah figuratively means to look for and hope for. The original literal meaning of the word wait in Hebrew, means twist, stretch, the tension of enduring, waiting, chord, or strand of rope. It also means binding together by twisting. A rope or chord is made by braiding or twisting strands together. A rope is stronger than a single strand because of tensional strength.
Thus, waiting for the Lord can never be a process to endure through our own willpower or strength. We can only endure and stay hopeful with the correct attitude when in a relationship with God. In our enduring and waiting for release from the tension and anticipation we feel, we are with God in the waiting and not alone. Hope anchors us to stand strong in God. We are stronger in our connection with God. We might have times of physical, emotional, and spiritual tiredness, but when we wait with hope in God, we find our strength in that relationship with Him. We can only wait well in our relationship and in partnership with Him.
Keep on believing and trusting in Him to do the great, miraculous, wonderful, and supernatural. Still, find your peace in His timing and way. Waiting we will do, and no amount of worry or questions will change that. Having the right attitude can make the process easier and meaningful, though.
Waiting well teaches us to trust His delays, rather than doubt His ways. – Wendy Pope
We need to wait, by seeking God first. We need to invest in that relationship by spending time in His presence, Word, and through prayer. We need to wait with grateful hearts, knowing that God remains in control, and His timing and ways are best. Put your hope and trust in Him, not in the ways or things. He also promises in Isaiah that we will get closer to Him if we wait in this manner.
Isaiah 40:31 AMP “But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.
He also gives us the strength, courage, and endurance to go through the time of waiting, without losing heart. We might feel discouraged, but with God’s strength, He refreshes our hope. When we are weak, He is strong. He will continue to sustain us.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 AMP “Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the LORD And whose hope and confident expectation is the LORD. For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought Nor stop bearing fruit.”
Psalms 38:15 TPT “Lord, the only thing I can do is wait and put my hope in you. I wait for your help, my God.”
In closing, I want to encourage us today to seek God and His presence. Read His Word and stand on His promises during the process. Be persistent in prayer, seeking God’s will in everything we do. Prayer helps us to discern if God requires any action or steps from us, or if we should just wait and trust in the meantime. Remember that while you cannot see the end of your waiting period, God is working behind the scenes always until the perfect time arrives. Do not lose hope. God is our hope and strength. He has more already planned than we can possibly imagine or hope for.
Stay resolute my friend.
VERSE IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Lamentations 3:25-31 MSG