When God Waits on Us
The Bible says God WILL act on our behalf. But check it out. ⬇️ Two things must happen first. 1.) We must commit our way to Him. 2.) We must trust.
And THEN, God acts.
You see, the ball is in our court. WE need to make the first move. Sometimes we wait for God’s action, but He’s waiting for our commitment and trust. So, we come to a standstill.
If you’re waiting for God to do something in your life, ask yourself what He might be waiting for YOU to do. Did you commit to Him? I mean, like really “commit?” Did you make a visible gesture that shows God you’re serious about this faith thing?
If so, great. But that’s only step one. Step two: Do you trust Him?
Here’s where it gets tough. If you’ve committed to Him, but you’re still verbally expressing your fears about the situation, then He’s still waiting on you before He acts.
If your prayers are still just telling Him about your worries, then He’s waiting for you. If you’re still looking to friends to set your heart at ease, then He’s waiting for you. If you’re still ruminating in your head and your heart about all the uncertainties, then He’s waiting for you.
He’s waiting for you to pray thanksgiving (in advance) for the ways you know He’s going to fix this. He’s waiting for you to tell your friends of His wondrous deeds (before He works this next big wonderful deed). He’s waiting for you to ruminate on the scriptures, declaring your confidence in Him in your head and your heart.
And friend, if you’re asking for something big, then you have to commit big, speak big, think big.
We see that everywhere in the Gospels.
“Daughter, your FAITH has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, BELIEVE that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have FAITH.” (Matthew 21:22)
“All things are possible for one who BELIEVES.” (Mark 9:23)
“For truly, I say to you, if you have FAITH like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
“Go your way; your FAITH has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:52)
Over and over Jesus showed the power of faith. And how detrimental a lack of faith can be.
“And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:58)
BUT, here’s the good news (pun intended 😉): Even if you’re stuck on Step 2—even if you’re lacking in faith—there’s still no need to fret. Just PRAY for an increase in faith.
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” (Luke 17:5)
Remember, faith is a GIFT. It’s not something we have on our own. It’s something the Holy Spirit gives to those who ask and those who are open to receive.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8)