Can God sustain us in the waiting?

Encouraging, Faith, Uncategorized

 

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.

 


When life knocks you down, get back up and fight

Encouraging, Faith

 

Life isn’t easy and that honestly goes without saying. It can take next to nothing for our lives to change. From a simple inconvenience to a traumatic event, anything can send our lives spiraling out of control. I think that’s the hardest for me—the moments where I have no control. It takes a lot of faith for me to walk through seasons of my life that feel like complete chaos.

Life will beat you down.

None of us are exempt from hardship. No matter how kind/good we are, at some point, we find ourselves in some sort of battle. It’ll feel like the wind is knocked out of you and all you’ll want to do is catch your breath. The pain will be exposed and the tears will come. 

One thing I’ve learned is that life doesn’t shift to accommodate me. Once I became a mom, my personal life didn’t become easier so I could raise my kids without trouble. I’m sure most of us had to deal with our own difficulties while juggling the effects of a pandemic. Life’s hardships don’t discriminate and it’s extremely common for us to go through problem after problem with no end in sight.

God doesn’t answer us the way we expect.

I’ve been in situations where I felt like I couldn’t take anymore. I’ve pleaded with God to stop the hurt and to get me on the other side of my struggle. But with God, it’s not always black and white. God has made me wait with QUICKNESS! There’s a saying that goes, “hurry up and wait.” God will allow us to go through things where we have no choice but to wait on Him.

If you pray to God for patience, He’ll give you a challenge that causes you to practice patience. If you have an issue with a coworker, God will make it so you’ll end up having to interact even more with that person. God doesn’t take away our problems all the time. He mostly creates scenarios for us to learn the skills to deal with them.

In Matthew 26:39 the account of Jesus says, “And He went a little farther, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Even Jesus went through suffering but we know what the end result of his suffering was. Romans 8:18 reads,”…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” While we go through things that can break us, it’s nothing compared to the glory we’ll come into once it passes.

Get up and keep fighting!

After Jesus prayed, he got up and kept going. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough but he knew there was something much bigger beyond his current circumstances. There’s a lot of things that we go through and because we are overcome by fear and hurt we can’t see the bigger picture. God can take every bad thing that happens to us and turn it around for good(Genesis 50:20). I’m sure we all would prefer that God take our cup of suffering away from us. We would rather never face another battle for the rest of our lives but that’s not going to be our reality.

We find our strength in the Lord. If you have to pray and pray again, then do so but get up. You have a purpose and the trails you face are sometimes a distraction other times its booth camp. Regardless, you can’t give up. There’s a breakthrough on the other side of the storm. You have to keep going even if you don’t know what will happen next, that’s when you rely on your faith.

The enemy would want nothing more than to shut you up and prevent you from reaching your destiny. Some people say his goal is to wear you out. He wants to keep you tired, broken, and panicked. Don’t let him win. Don’t let him take over your mind and have you question God. Fight! We struggle not with flesh and blood(Ephesians 6:12). There’s no use trying to find natural ways to handle spiritual situations. We have to fight using God’s word and prayer. 

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up,

for your work will be rewarded.

Don’t give up!

Nothing that we go through will ever be in vain. We have to believe that God is going to use our trials for good even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. The hardest thing to do is to press on when you feel like your life is falling apart but that’s when we need to put on the Full Armor of God and head into battle. Turning away from God isn’t going to stop your problems. You’ll still have your struggles, they won’t go away because you quit. He wants you to turn to him.

Isiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God is with us always. When we face a battle he is right there fighting alongside us. He doesn’t want us to be afraid or overtaken by our own worries. Even when we feel weak, He gives us the strength to keep going, to keep fighting. So keep fighting—whatever storm is raging in your life, keep fighting. God is with you.

No depression, anger, fear, grief, poverty, generational curses, addiction, infertility, loss, struggle, pandemic, sickness, or worry will overtake you. God is on your team and because of that, you can not fail. Fight and send the enemy packing!

I pray that this was an encouragement to you. I pray that God gives you the strength to keep fighting no matter what you’re going through. As always, Hugs and Love.