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Today’s Truth

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14

Friend to Friend

Recently, I met with a friend. This friend’s been praying forever for things to change. To say she’s waiting is an understatement. She’s been enduring and persevering for years. She’s been gripping her dreams for what seems like forever. She’s been fighting to act God-honoring, almost every day.

Her life feels like a hard-fought battle.

No doubt, she’s wanted to give up, turn away from it all, lay in bed, dream a new dream, find an escape, indulge in chocolate and turn herself over to it. In many ways, I don’t blame her; her situation is hard.

Yet, while she’s lost days and emotions within the great abyss of frustration, I applaud her – she’s pushed on.

So, with her wait on my mind, I can’t help but ask God this question: God, why do you send us through waiting that feels – excruciating?

Three verses bring clarity:

  1. “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV)

Our investment in waiting today, is deposited in heaven – for tomorrow. This eternal glory exceeds anything we could want in the here and now.

  1. “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14, NIV)

We can choose to be strong, because, during times of wait, we have faith. Faith is activated when we remember: God is always at work (John 5:17, NIV), he won’t leave us and He loves us.

  1. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2, NIV)

Just as a runner trains for a big race, so do trials train us for the most important race of our life. Trials give us the mindsets, the fortitude and the perseverance to tackle God’s greatest missions. They, although difficult in the moment, prepare us for wildly important kingdom work.

Wherever you stand – or sit around waiting – today, know this: Your good God has good plans for you. He has not disowned you. He has not turned his back from you. He loves you and is near. He is working behind the scenes. Take heart and wait for the Lord.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I don’t have the future figured out, nor do I have my days mapped out. But, you do. You know it all and see it all. Help me to persevere in this place of wait. Help me to fall back into your arms that will catch me when I feel weary. Help me to remember you are growing my faith and developing qualities that will last forever. Help me to remember eternity.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Eternity is real. Your faith-filled wait is producing real rewards in heaven. What might it look like for you to shift from an earthly view to an eternal view today?

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9 Responses to “When Waiting Feels Excruciating”

  1. Carole says:

    Thank you for this encouragement today. It is exactly where I am, still waiting after many years for my dream to be fulfilled. I know God has it all in hand and I am waiting on His timing.

    • Father God, will you comfort Carole in her wait? Will you draw near to her and let her know there is no fear? Will you surround her with angels and grace your love on her. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

  2. Sue says:

    We are waiting. Waiting for our precious great niece Hannah to be well enough to be released from NICU and come home to live with her mommy, daddy and big sister. Waiting and praying and trusting.

    • Father God, thank you for Sue. Thank you that you love her and, even during this time, are with her. You will not leave or forsake her. We praise you for this. Please draw near to her heart. Amen.

  3. Isaiah 53, over Hannah. He is the healer and makes things beautiful in His time. It’s worth the wait.

  4. abby says:

    isn’t that the truth.

  5. Susan says:

    This was so encouraging for me. I’m having a very difficult, hard to understand, and heartbreaking issue with my youngest son. He is 17, but emotionally behind because of the neglectful and abusive situation that he was born in. I adopted him and his brother almost 5 years ago. We sailed right through the first two years, and thanked God for making us a family. I’m still thankful, but then we encountered this huge stormy situation we’re in now. I have searched for resources and found very few. I have begged God to send me resources and help, but all I have heard from the Lord is “don’t be afraid, I am with you”. Countless times and in different situations I have ran across those word in scripture and in sermans, so I’m sure it’s the Lord. I trust Him, but I long for Him to fix all this soon, so my boy can thrive, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you for this and all the wonderful devotions!

  6. Debbie says:

    I have been praying and waiting for almost 16 years for God to bring me a Godly man..a partner in life. I’ve been divorced that long and been raising my two kids alone and with God’s help tasty have turned out great and live the Lord. I have met a few men that I thought might possibly be from God, but not. I’ve done the online dating off and on and made a few friends and went through heartbreaks. Sometimes think about trying it again, mainly because in just getting older.. I’m almost 57 now., but decide not to. I’m waiting, praying and hoping in God! I’m waiting for a breakthrough in finances too. Please pray for me in these matters. It gets very discouraging sometimes, but your message gave me hope this morning. Thank you!

  7. Debbie says:

    I have been praying and waiting for almost 16 years for God to bring me a Godly man..a partner in life. I’ve been divorced that long and been raising my two kids alone and with God’s help they have turned out great and love the Lord. I have met a few men that I thought might possibly be from God, but not. I’ve done the online dating off and on and made a few friends and went through heartbreaks. Sometimes think about trying it again, mainly because in just getting older.. I’m almost 57 now., but decide not to. I’m waiting, praying and hoping in God! I’m waiting for a breakthrough in finances too. Please pray for me in these matters. It gets very discouraging sometimes, but your message gave me hope this morning. Thank you!

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