My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live…Psalm 116:1-2 NKJV
This is a rough time of year for most individuals. This is a time of year that although joy resonates in the air…it can also suffocate many people due to their circumstances. Whether it be from loneliness, or losing a loved one and facing the holiday for the first time without that person. Or they may be suffering due to financial overload, or a health crisis. Perhaps, they may just be feeling sorry for themselves…or ALL of the above.
It’s natural for issues to crop up during ones lifetime, to be fair it wouldn’t be life without spending time in the valley. It’s all part of growing in the Lord and being a faithful follower of Christ. Not that the Lord wants His children to suffer, half the time we are the problem and we build our OWN circumstances from lack of obedience to the Lord. No, that isn’t what I meant. What I mean to say is…we can grow in adversity and get closer to God in the meantime. It’s how we handle the cards that are in our hand that is key to our optimal health and overall growth.
It’s easy to get up and pull the “woe is me…what will I do? Nobody knows my pain…nobody knows what I’m going through. Oh…nobody understands…” So on and so forth. This is commonplace for many individuals for sure. However, it’s how you get out of it that sets us apart from the world. How do we brace ourselves in the face of a crisis? How do we pull out from the damage all around us? How do we soothe a broken heart? We CANNOT…but GOD CAN. The Lord CAN and DOES all things for all those who believe and ask.
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV
It’s how we purpose our lives in accordance to HIS will and NOT ours. It’s how we handle the stresses that crop up that will ultimately decide our fate and course of action. That is through God. We wait upon the Lord, but do you think He isn't doing the same for you? Do you honestly believe that the Lord isn't waiting for you too?
He is watching and knowing our situation. Every single one of us, He knows what we are going through. And, He is watching and waiting for our growth in Him. He wants us to learn before He brings a solution, sometimes delays is part of God’s overall plan. Part of His agenda on a larger scale. The delays that come about in our lives do not destroy us, they fulfill God’s purpose by making us stronger thereby making us better people, in Christ.
We need GOD. ALL of us do. When we leave God out of the equation by trying to take matters into our own hands…that’s when we can get into trouble. It can be frustrating for sure…as the Bible maintains, 2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
So remember God is not in a hurry, all things on His time table, not ours. His timing is perfect, not ours. His way is superior, ours is inferior. Our thoughts are not His thoughts, and His actions are not our actions. We need to be patient and go with His flow and wait. We will gain the insight and the fortitude in which to grow as we listen, wait and heed His ways…and timing. We will reap the rewards of such diligence in time. HIS TIME.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 KJV
It is written that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings, as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. God promises this. His promises are real, eternal, and all part of His plan to prosper us and do good things for us. We need to figure Him in the equation of our lives. All things point to Him, and Him. We need to go into conference with HIM for all the answers. For all of our issues. For it all…Nothing is too small or too big for God. Nothing. He knows WHEN and He knows how it will come. But our faith should be relentless and unwavering, as should our trust in God. For with all of that, and with His hands of grace and love…we will get through anything.
We need to keep our eyes on the Lord, and absorb His word and His essence. To all things do it by prayer and obedience in the Lord. In supplication, in joyful meditation of the Lord. And, wait…and trust, and know He will provide the answers to your dilemmas. To all things, He will lead us out of the wilderness, and into certainty. He will turn our world upright again…His light thus shines so brightly. Follow His light, turn from the darkness. Absorb His goodness. And, above all…be patient.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV
C D Swanson is a Christian published author and a major contributor to various magazines worldwide. In addition to writing books, articles, and devotionals for her website- www.cdswanson.com, she is an advocate for the elderly.