Waiting for something to happen is never fun, especially when you dont have control over the outcome and you have to just trust Him.
I guess it is something that carries over from childhood. When I was a child I hated waiting on christmas eve. I wanted to first open the gifts under the tree, but my parents wanted first to eat dinner, and then go ahead to open the gifts. And sometimes I would get so frustrated waiting I was unable to relax and enjoy the dinner. Back then, as a kid I was not the Lord of my own life so I had to follow and do what they my parents told me to do. But deep down inside I had this impatient feeling, I wanted to decide. I wanted to be the Lord of myself and choose what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
I left home when I was 20 years old and I lived as the lord of my own life for the next three years. Finally I was able to decide over my own life, decide what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Looking back on those years I have to admit there where a lot of times I was at the mercy of lifes circumstances. Even though I wanted to be the lord in my own life, there was a lot of things that I just couldnt do anything with, circumstances and events I just had to accept happened and make the best out of it.
September 11.2001 I got a new Lord over my life, He is my Saviour and my Lord Jesus Christ.
When I got saved I accepted that I am unable to be the lord over my life. And I accepted and gave Jesus permission to be the Lord over my life. But this can be challenging sometimes for all of us.
It is challenging because there is something deep within us that desperatly refuses to give up control in our own life. Something deep down inside so badly wants to keep control and be the lord over our own life. We know from experience we are unable to be the lord in our own lifes, and if we try we just end up sinning again. So even though it is challenging, and sometimes wery challenging, we have to refuse our rights to our own lifes.
The moment we got saved we refused, we gave up the right to be the lords over our own lifes. And we gave Jesus permission to be our Lord. We gave up the right to decide what will happen to us, and we gave Him the right to decide what will happen to us.
This is challenging because we cant allow that part of us that wants to rebell against this to come to the surface. We cant allow that part of us that wants rise up against Jesus to come to the surface and regain control in our lifes. But we cant keep that part of us under control by ourself. The only way to prevent that part of us to come the surface and try to take back control in our lifes is the cross of Christ.
Each day we have to focus our faith on one thing, and one thing only “Jesus died for me” and that is the answer to all, ALL of lifes challenges. And that is the only way to keep Jesus as the Lord of our lives ,and keep that part of us that wants to rebell against Jesus under control.
So even though it is challenging it is not impossible. It is impossible if we try to do it by ourself. But it is 100% possible if we let Jesus our Lord do it, and He is only able to do it if we keep our faith in the cross of Christ.
Now we come to the other challenge and that is trust.
When we give up our rights to be the lord in our own lifes we also give up the rights to decide what will happen to us. Many times during the day we are confronted with challenges that is easy to fix. But many times we are also faced with challenges we have never been faced with before. And then we cant rely on experience.
Those challenges that gives us the oppurtunity to rely on experience is easy to overcome. We know how the Lord helped us in the past, so when a similar situation happens, we know what the Lord told us to do and we repeat the same action. But what about those challenges you have never been faced with before? Those challenges that makes you wish you where the lord in your own life, but deep down inside you know that would not have helped you because you are not allmigthy. So even if you had been the lord over your own life, you couldnt have resolved that challenge even if you wanted to.
A relative suddenly gets the terrible message he or she is dying of cancer. The bank foreclosures on your house, you dont have the money to pay your bills or you are suddenly hit with a physical or mental illness.
What about those challenges? Those challenges you have never been faced with before, you dont have any experience to draw on and deep down inside you think to yourself “I sure hope the Bible is true because now I really need Jesus”.
If you have made Jesus the Lord over your life you have only one option when faced with these challenges, to trust Him.
And this is where it gets difficult, because you have given up the right to your own life. You have accepted that you dont deserve anything from the Lord. You dont even deserve to know what will happen to you. So you dont have the right to demand an answer from the Lord.
So what do you do when you pray but the Lord is silent? What do you do when you have prayed so hard, and so many times for guidance, but the Lord is silent?
You choose to trust, despite the Lord being silent right now. And that is really hard sometimes, I know from experience.
But I have found a way out, a way to make it easier to trust while you are waiting. A way I didnt have when I was a child desperatly waiting to open my gifts under the tree. A way to rest, to relaxation and the Lords peace in the midst of the storm when the Lord feels silent. A way that makes it easy to trust your Lord, a way that makes it so easy that you are suddenly filled with so much faith that you, that you know, that you know, that you KNOW He WILL come through for you and it doesnt matter if it happens now or in 10 years. Because you know, that you know, that you know that you are safe, provided for, protected and guided while you are waiting for you breakthrough.
So what is the way I have found?
The way is the cross, the way is “Jesus died for me”.
There is always one thing that never changes and that is the fact that “Jesus died for me”.
So while you are waiting for the Lord to come through for you, use the time not to focus on what you dont have. Instead choose to focus on what you do have. And you have the greatest miracle on earth, your salvation.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for you and gave you forgivness and a new life.
That truth alone should be enough for your heart to be filled with such joy and peace that satan cant do anything to steal your joy and your trust in your Lord while you are waiting for your breakthrough.
Because think of this for a moment, you know that you can trust somebody who loves you so much that He died for you and took your punishment upon Himself. You know that if He did this then He will come through for you and give you what His word says. Then you can rest assured that He will provide for you, give you financial security, heal you, guide you and protect you.
He might not do it the second we want Him to do it. And that is something we just have to accept because He knows best. He is allmighty, so He sees and knows things we dont see and dont know. So He knows best, so if He chooses not to come through for you right now it is because that is the best thing for you right now. But while you are waiting, strengthen yourself by focusing on the cross.
And then suddenly, suddenly He will give you what His word promises you.
So dont give up, keep praying, keep believing Him and keep trusting Him. He can be trusted and you know that to be true because Jesus died for you even though you did not deserve it.