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What To Do When We're Waiting

"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
(Isaiah 40:28-31)

What do we do in a season of waiting?

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act." (Psalm 37:3-5)

When we are awaiting the outcome of a comeback, four phrases from this passage offer great perspective.

1. "Trust in the Lord, and do good." The place to start is deciding to actively trust in God even when you are not sure of the outcome. Trusting is never passive. We don't just sit back and chill. The invitation from God is to keep doing our very best at whatever God has put in front of us while relying on a great sovereign God to orchestrate the plans and direction of our lives.

2. "Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness." While we

are waiting and trusting in the Lord, our task is to dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. We can trust that God is working, in both seen and unseen ways, in the midst of whatever problem we're going through. In the meantime, cultivate faithfulness for whatever's in your hands at the moment. Do your work well, for God's glory, even when no one is watching. 3. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." This is a promise God makes, yet we have to notice its sequence. The delighting comes first. The fulfillment of our desires happens second. Whenever that sequence is lived out, we don't need to worry about what our desires may be. Because we delight in God, our desires will follow suit.

4. "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act." Jesus asks us to commit our ways to Him. And it comes with a promise: He. Will. Act. Step by step, God will make our comeback happen. He will bring about what HE wants in our lives, unfolding His plan in His time and His way.

By Louis Giglio


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