Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

#10 Ways To Wait On The Lord

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“How long oh Lord?” I prayed and waited—yet the answer was long in coming. I wondered if I could endure the stormy trials that seemed to have no end. Then in the midst of my struggle the answer came, “Wait for Me. I am here. I have not left you alone.”

For years, I thought wait referred to a set time. Then to my delight, I discovered the word refers to a heart attitude of trust and hope set upon God and His promises. Now from the perspective of hard lessons learned, I have realized God is more intent on changing me—before He changes my circumstances.

They say the placid Sea of Galilee can suddenly change with the onset of a fierce storm. The disciples were caught in such a storm one night. Busy and straining at the oars in order to save themselves from the raging waters—they looked up and saw the Savior walking towards them. Thinking Jesus was a ghost, the disciples were terrified. Jesus immediately calmed their fears by encouraging them, “Take courage. It is I—do not be afraid!”

The winds immediately calmed down—when Jesus got into the boat with them. The Book of Mark says the disciples were astonished…even though they had witnessed the feeding of 5,000 a few hours earlier.

When Jesus comes walking on the stormy waters of life, sometimes like the disciples—we tend to fear a “ghost” and don’t recognize the Savior. Yet as we remember He is Master Controller of all creation, we need not shrink back in fear. Jesus is more than willing to get in the boat with us and speak peace not only to the sea, but our hearts and minds as well.

What am I continuing to learn when God delays in answering prayer?

First, I need not fear when I recognize He is Savior—not the ghost in the midst of the storm.

Second, I need to cry out to Him and believe He is able to save me from lies of fear or hopelessness.

Third, I need to repent of the sin of unbelief—and by faith, embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior. Once I have invited Him into my life, He invades my heart and life with peace beyond my understanding—no matter what the weather.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)


TEN WAYS TO WAIT ON THE LORD

 Wait in Faithfulness – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Wait in Hope – Psalm 39:7

 Wait in Confidence – Job 4:6

 Wait in Praise – Psalm 86:12

Wait in Joy – Nehemiah 8:10

Wait in Grace – Ephesians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9

Wait in Peace – Mark 4:39

 Wait in love – 1 John 4:10

Wait in patience – James 1:3

Wait in His Spirit – Ezekiel 36:26

How do you wait on the Lord when your faith is tested? I invite you to add to the list above.

I would love to read your comments!

Prayer:
Father God, may you give us trusting hearts to cry out  to you when tests and trials come.
Remind us to reach for Your Hand to lift us out of the waters of worry and doubt.
Replace them with trusting hearts that believe and rest in Your promises.
In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

19 thoughts on “#10 Ways To Wait On The Lord

  1. Thank you Sweetie for making ‘waiting’ something to always look forward to with The Lord.

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  2. . . . and we’ll never be embarrassed if we choose to wait on Him, because He promises we will not be put to shame . . . He always shows up at the right time! Love the post and promises!

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  3. Yes, He always…never fails to, show up, be faithful, exalt His Word! Thanks for sharing Verna!

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  4. Hi Glenda, I have been learning this same lesson. Maybe this is the lesson that we continue to learn, at least for me. I appreciate your ministry. It is so on-time and encouraging. Lynda

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  5. Thank you, Glenda. I needed that reminder at this time in my life!

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  6. Glenda,
    Sometimes it seems like waiting is all I do… I know the Lord has a calling on my life and on the life of my husband, but there are days when my chest actually aches with the waiting. But this morning, during a reading time with our daughter (we’re reading through the Bible and using Eugene Peterson’s Message) EP talks about the book of Exodus and the 40 year sojourn as a time of blessing, not of punishment, because during that time, the Lord MATURED His people so that they would be better equipped for the abundance to come. Imagine what kind of nation they would have been if they’d come right out of the mindset of slavery and into the freedom of abundance! We hear about people every day who live in poverty, then win the lottery… then are back in poverty or even worse within a remarkably short period of time. I am seeing that sometimes we have to learn to fight for something to make if truly valuable.

    The Message Bible reads like this in Romans 8:15-17:
    This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

    So how do I wait? Suited up. Ready. Expectantly. Wait in anticipation.

    Blessings, my friend!

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    • Becky, I like that “message” from The message…well said. God does know we need those times of transition as we go from strength to strength, maturing us and teaching us to mix faith with His promises. There is sooo much to learn about the children of Israel during their 40 years of waiting. One thing they lacked, that we don’t…we have Christ within us…our hope of glory! He is here in the now…for that we do not have to wait. Praise God for his all sufficient strength that comes as we fully trust, hope, and expect Him to act on our behalf!
      Thanks for sharing today. God bless and encourage you as you wait on Him.

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  8. I really enjoyed this, Glenda. Thank you for the list of “wait” verses. They are powerful. I really enjoyed your prayer, too.

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    • Laura, don’t we have a wealth in God’s promises and power as we wait on Him. Thanks be to God for His precious Word. Thanks dear friend for stopping by and sharing.
      God bless you today!

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  9. Beautiful post. You make waiting seem like a privilege and blessing, not a chore. Thanks for the uplift.

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