There is a song by Lauren Daigle called Trust in You. It is one of my favorite songs because it talks about those moments of not seeing anything happening. The moments of when you’re praying so hard for something, but it feels like the prayer is hitting the ceiling—those moments that can either make or break your trust in God. Have you ever had one of those? I know I’ve had MANY of them. The reality is, seasons of waiting are full of them. The wonderful thing about God is that these moments are not meant to break your trust in Him. Like the Good Father He is, He allows those moments to develop your character. Those moments are the ones that strengthen your patience; and as Pastor Sonia Figueroa said during week two of “The Waiter”, …in order to have character, you have to have patience.”
My great grandmother used to always say that patience is a virtue that only blooms in a few fields. It is HARD to develop patience. It seems that when you ask the Lord for patience he gives you situations to develop your patience, rather than give you the actual patience. Let’s say you’re hungry but you don’t know how to cook. So, you go to Chick-fil-A (because that IS the food of the Lord), and you get some food. Your hunger is satiated and you’re happy again. But what will you do when you don’t have enough money to go to Chick-fil-A to get some food? What if you’re broke, and your only option is to cook whatever it is you have at home? If you develop the skill (cooking) then you don’t have to worry about the times when you’re broke and can’t afford Chick-Fil-A.
Patience is the same way.
We can’t just have patience for that one situation that we’re going through; it could be easier, but it wouldn’t be beneficial. Patience needs to be developed, so that when you’re hit with ANY and EVERY situation, you can endure it. But here’s the WONDERFUL thing, we have and serve a WONDERFUL God that doesn’t just leave you there and says “OK, go! You’re on your own! Develop your own patience.” He gives us strength. He gives us comfort.
For the last week of “The Waiter”, Pastor Johnnie Wilson preached on Isaiah 40:31, which says “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Those situations that God allows in your life to develop patience, are meant to get you closer to Him, so that you can rely on Him; and that will help you endure and build your patience.
There is something Pastor Sonia says often when she’s preaching about waiting: God wouldn’t allow the situation you’re in, if it would keep you from the blessings and promises He has for you. Understanding this means that you are ok with seasons of waiting, because those develop character. Those seasons make you stronger, and wiser. Those seasons teach you to solely rely on God, so that when the hype of your blessing is gone, you don’t crumble because you know that the best is yet to come, and that God is still there. That’s what’s amazing about God, He’s always going above and beyond. There is never a ceiling to the blessings He has for you. He doesn’t get to a point where He’s like, “Ok that’s it, I’ve blessed you ENOUGH. There’s no more blessings or promises left for you.” His goodness is endless.
My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” I always tell people that God gave me that verse as a motto, because He knew that I would need it for the rest of my life; so, I hold on to it, and so should you. Trust in the Lord and hold on to Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He hasn’t forgotten about you, or the promises He has made to you; He is simply being merciful and graceful and helping you develop your character, so that when those promises are fulfilled, you don’t stumble.
When you’re feeling like you can’t hold on anymore, and that your strength is running out remember Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” This season of waiting if not for you to sit around and wail on your suffering. Take this time and rely on God; seek Him intentionally and purposefully—ask Him to reveal to you what you need to work on, and work on it. And always TRUST HIM.