My brother is in the process of buying a house, and let me tell you- it IS a process. The real estate market is insanely competitive right now. Every house we’ve looked at has gotten multiple offers, accepted another offer before we even looked at it, or been absolutely disgusting inside. Talk about frustrating! We started searching last November, and now we are getting down to the nitty gritty; he has until July before his apartment lease is up.
Let’s back up a bit. Before we (my mom and I are helping him) started looking for houses, we prayed regularly about renting versus buying and felt as though God wanted us to pursue a purchase. Throughout our search, we have diligently prayed God would open our eyes to the perfect house and show us favor in alignment with His plan. We know in the end God will find us a house in the desired location within our budget because we trust in Him and have faith He will follow through. But why the heck is He waiting until the last second? I mean, come on God don’t leave us hanging until right before my brother’s lease is up!
Has anyone ever experienced something like this? You’re waiting and waiting and waiting for that next promotion, for the right person to show up in your life, for a loan to get approved, for your dream job to appear, for you and your husband to get pregnant, etc. and feel like the wait is endless. Catch my drift? Life is a waiting game sometimes, so it’s all about faith, trust, and patience. When you communicate with God and ask for direction in a certain situation, He will give you His guidance. So when we begin to follow His path, we expect immediate results—it is just our human nature. But God will deliver in His timing, not ours. He knows better than us.
FAITH. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “Have faith.” But what exactly does that mean? When we believe God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” While we are waiting for God to act, remain faithful in our unfailing God. Know that He is with you always, and use the situation to grow in your faith.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
TRUST. Faith and trust go hand-in-hand, in my opinion. How can you have faith God will deliver if you don’t trust Him? Where we tender to falter is placing our trust in mere humans or in our own logic. We think we have it all figured out, but the results don’t reflect what we thought would happen. In times of trouble, those who place their trust in human beings will be spiritually weak. On the flip side, those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing and will have abundant strength, Psalm 34:10b. Where are you placing your trust while you are waiting for the outcome of a specific situation?
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
PATIENCE. When I’m trying to be patient, sometimes I feel like a little kid who thinks 5 minutes is 5 hours (or something dramatic like that). Ever take a road trip when you were younger and repeatedly asked, “Are we there yet?” You ask it over and over in hopes for a different answer. It’s like when we are waiting for God to act and ask Him, “How much longer?” The length of the wait doesn’t change when we ask God over and over. Instead, thank God in advance for the deliverance He will provide. He will accomplish infinitely more than we might as or think, Ephesians 3:20b. Allow your faith and trust in Him to strengthen during this waiting period. It’s easier said than done, I know. Psalm 27:14 says to wait patiently for the Lord not once, but twice—if it’s repeated, it’s important!
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
God has perfect timing, never early and never late, although sometimes you want to rip your hair out in the process. Building a relationship with God will grow your faith and trust in Him, helping you endure these seemingly never-ending waiting periods. Have faith in God’s plan for your life. Trust He will provide for you no matter what. Have patience while you wait for God to act.
The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Have a blessed week!