Have you ever felt like your just waiting for the next stage of life? Waiting to get married, waiting to graduate, waiting to have children. Today’s society is full of waiting for the next big thing to happen next. Lately, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what to do next with my life. There are so many options and so many doors opening and closing. As I have been in this time of waiting, I have been searching Scripture and realizing that maybe I am not in such bad company as I wait.
Acts 1: 4-5 talks about Jesus and His disciples before He ascends into Heaven. Verse 4 says “While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem after Jesus ascends to be given the Holy Spirit. What a time to wait. The disciples would not know the time or the hour that the Holy Spirit would come to them. The only thing the disciples knew was that they would be given power through the Holy Spirit and from there they would go to all the nations to fulfill the Great Commission. How would you feel waiting during this time?
Exodus 6:2-9 talks about God promising to release the Israelites from the bondage they were under from the Egyptians. God tells Moses to tell the Israelites “I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment. I will be your God. You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am Yahweh.”
The Israelites knew something good was coming but they had to wait. The Israelites were under oppression for 400 years and they are finally at the time where God has told them He will release them. The Israelites do not know the plans God has in store but they know they are going to be good. Then to continue the story, the Israelites had to wander in the desert as they waited for the Promise Land. I feel like if I was wandering the desert waiting on the Lord I would start to question Him…but NO! It should be a blessing to wait for the Lord because He is a gracious God and knows the perfect time for us to receive His blessings in due time. What a time to wait in.
1 Samuel 16 -> 2 Samuel 2, Davids journey to the palace. In 1 Samuel 16, we see Samuel anointing the young shepherd boy, David, to be King. This would be such an honor to have but yet David must wait to reign. At the time of David’s anointing, he is a young shepherd boy working in the fields to protect and watch over the sheep. David was the youngest of 8. He was the lowest of the low and definitely not qualified for the position but yet God had other plans. God told Samuel to anoint David and this is where Davids journey begins. David continues on with his life for a while and it is not until 2 Samuel 2 that David is able to take the role of an actual King. God had the perfect plan for David’s life…but…David had to learn to wait on the Lord.
So often, we think that God needs to hurry up and get us where we think we should be. One struggle I have found myself facing is the idea that I need to prepare for what God wants me to do in the future. As a college student, it is not my job right now to be off in a third world country teaching and sharing the Gospel. That is not where God has placed me at this time. I am at college to grow in my faith, be encouraged in my faith, take Bible classes to one day be ready to share the Gospel with the world. I know God gives good gifts and in His perfect timing, so why am I so caught up with taking those gifts now when they are not fully developed to what they need to be?
So to encourage you in this crazy time of waiting… be upward focused not future focused. God has the future in His hands, we do not need to worry about it. Be upward focused and look towards God to guide each step you take as you take it. This does not mean don’t ever save up money or don’t choose a major because you think you shouldn’t plan for the future BUT instead be willing to let your plans change and continue to seek the doors God is opening. Don’t be confused though, just because a door is open doesn’t necessarily mean its open for you. While we are in this stage of waiting, take time to prepare your hearts and get to know God because when you focused on God, He will give you the desires of your heart. If you’re waiting…you’re in good company.
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