Can God sustain us in the waiting?
When I’m waiting on God for something, there are moments when I get tired. Shocking, right? In all seriousness, I think we all get a little tired now and again especially when we are waiting on something big. Our energy drains and we become overwhelmed by the reality of the situation we are in.
My children can be impatient sometimes. They want to go go go and my timing isn’t always quick enough for them. They want me to do everything at the speed of light but I’m almost 30 and my knees crack just getting out of bed. I don’t always have the energy to keep up and I’m also guilty of sleeping on the job (of course when they nap…if they nap.)
If you have children, you probably know that they can eat like no tomorrow. My kids can eat way more than me some days. As you can imagine, their lack of patients sometimes spills over to dinner time. They cry and complain about how long the food is taking to be cooked even when I’ve just turned on the stovetop. To help them during the waiting, I tend to offer them a snack. Whatever is quick and can keep them calm, this may include sweets—don’t judge me! By the time dinner is done, no one was overcome by starvation and we all enjoyed our meal.
Did you know in the same way, God sustains us with spiritual food?
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
God sustains us.
I too can be impatient when I’m waiting on God. I’m well aware of what he promised me and I know he’s working on it but waiting can be crippling. While I’m not opposed to waiting on the Lord, I do sometimes ask him to sustain me during that time. I need something to hold me off until what he has for me is ready.
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” God has the ability to sustain us. It can be hard when going through a difficult situation to want something that will simply hold us over for a little while. We want our breakthroughs, miracles, and promises right away. But that’s not how God works. He chooses to give us what we need in his own timing. Luckily, God doesn’t live us hanging.
At times, how he chooses to sustain us might not be how we imagined it. Sometimes he uses scripture, a person, or a small victory to remind us that he is still with us and moving on our behalf. I can assure you that as much as I want my miracle, getting any kind of reminder that God is still working helps me to keep going.
He’ll sustain us when we worry.
Honestly speaking, I often need God to sustain me mentally. The battle in my mind can be a lot more taxing than what’s going on in reality. Whatever the worse scenario is, I’ve probably already thought about it. I worry and panic. “God I need your help. I need you to calm me down“, have been words I’ve said to God on a few occasions.
Scriptures like John 14:27(Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.) and Isaiah 26:3 (You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You Because he trusts in You.) help me when I feel fear setting in. God doesn’t want us to be afraid, he wants us to trust him.
Our minds need to stay on God so we don’t become overtaken by our worries. If we trust that God can help us in every situation, when we find ourselves in difficult times we won’t be filled with fear. We see from the bible that people like Moses, Paul, and Job were faced with things that tested them mentally and physically but they believed in God’s ability to help them. Even Jesus needed God’s strength to fulfilled his mission.
God will never let us face our problems alone.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Have you ever felt that you were alone in the moments you needed God the most? Maybe he went silent after he convicted you to make a huge life change. Perhaps you felt him call you to a certain job, ministry, or community and in the middle of your transition, you questioned if it was even him because you begin to face conflict.
Scripture reminds us that God is always with us and he will never leave us. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” So when we find ourselves in the middle of chaos and need God’s help, we can simply give him all our worries.
God has the power to sustain us in the waiting. He does it in ways that allow us to know without a doubt that it was him. While it is challenging sometimes, the fact remains that we have a Heavenly Father that is always with us. During our waiting, we can rest assured that we will have everything we need to endure the process. God will not abandon us to our own devices, he is our ever-present help in times of trouble.
If you are in a waiting season, trust that God will sustain you. I hope you found this encouraging and as always, Hugs and Love.