Updated: Feb 9, 2019
There are times in our lives where situations are just out of our hands, and all we can do is just wait. Waiting and not knowing what could happen next can cause anxiety especially when our faith gets tested in the process. So, what do we do when the situation/s in life get to the point where there is nothing you can do to control it? Do we wallow in our worries, our fears, our self-doubts? Do we drown them out with distractions of this world, numbing ourselves from the realization of what’s going on? What do we do when we are called to wait?
Trusting God during the times of a “waiting season” really do tests our faith the foundation of where our hope lies. It’s easy to trust God when things are going good in life but what about when it’s not? The idea of putting your faith where God wants to take you, moving you the way He wants to lead you without any outline to where, when, and to how long it may take makes our flesh extremely uncomfortable to wait in the Lord. So many feelings have a way of rushing in the mind. But in times like these God tells us to be still…..
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
The Hebrew verb of the word “still” is to leave it alone, to let it go (Zodhiates, S., & Baker, W. 2008 p.1995). God specifically asks us to relinquish the “circumstance of the situation” the “problem that created the anxiety,” whatever it is that is causing the burden. God knows that the anxiety in a person’s heart will weigh them down. He desires to take on those concerns of our lives so that we have renewed strength to wait on Him. The renewed strength given by Him allows us to glorify His name. Showing the world what it looks like to trust in God, His timing, and what it looks like to walk by faith and not by sight.
So how do we process the waiting of His timing?
I have noticed that when I Worship God through Songs of Praising His Name in Thanksgiving, I’m drawn towards focusing more on who He is and less of what is going on with life.
Scripture says, "Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and [b]not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations" Psalms 100:1-5 NKJV.
As we worship God in songs of praise that connects to His word three things happen our flesh begins to lose its strength, it quiets the soul, and the manifestation of spirit-to-Spirit communion begins to unfold entering His gates with thanksgiving for His perfect will to be done in the midst of our waiting … As we worship God with thanksgiving, His Spirit drowns out those negative voices and gives us the reassurance within that He is omnipresent. He is omniscient, and His timing is perfect.
Scriptures declare that God is omnipresent and is an omniscient God, meaning He is everywhere, around you and I, with us in every situation in life and He is aware of everything that is going on. There’s a security in that, and there is a security in Him.
The Psalmist tells us to shout the victory of “Jesus Christ” in admiration of what will be done as if it has already been done because we are His, His faithfulness stands stronger than any feelings of what happened yesterday, what’s going on now, and what could happen tomorrow.
I pray in Jesus Name, that you genuinely accept what His word says He will do for you. Receive it by faith because that is where our hope lies. It’s something about Worshiping His name and Praising Him out loud that gives us a sense of peace in the midst of waiting, His peace that surpasses all understanding that guards our heart and our mind in Christ Jesus which gives us the strength to wait on Him.
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Zodhiates, S., & Baker, W. (2008). Hebrew-Greek key word study Bible: Key insights into Gods word: King James version, authorized version. Chattanooga, TN: AMG.