Isn’t it so incredibly frustrating when we’re in a season of waiting on God, and even though we’re obeying Him and doing what He asks us to do, He still doesn’t give us what we’re waiting for?
I mean, we’re doing what He wants, so why won’t He do what we want? I’ve gone through this myself, so if I may, I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you:
The key to having peace and delighting in our season isn’t in the doing.
It’s in the wanting.
What do we want - God or the thing we’re asking Him for?
“‘Lord, give me that for which I long, or take away this longing.’ The Lord seemed to answer, ‘I want to teach you to long for something better.’” - Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity
By not giving us what we want, God is teaching us to want Him.
He doesn’t want us to seek The Dream.
He wants us to seek The Dream Giver. (That’s Him!)
We often don’t have peace when we’re in a season of waiting because we’re chasing after our own ideas of what should be happening in our lives instead of chasing after God and allowing Him to fill us with His peace.
It’s when we let go of what we want and come back to wanting Him that He can soothe us with His gentle words: “I know you don’t understand, but I’m working everything out for the good. Trust Me.”
I want to note that obviously, obedience is important to God, and therefore, it should be important to us, too. When I say what we do isn’t important, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be obeying Him or doing what He asks. I’m talking about the times when we’re obeying Him by going through the motions half-heartedly, angrily, etc. Whether we realize it or not, when we do that, we’re trying to manipulate God.
We’re doing what He wants to try to get what we want, when really, what He wants is for us to want Him.
(Read that again if you need to!)
It’s not just doing the right things (obeying); it’s how we do what He’s asked us to do: with a surrendered heart and eyes focused on Him.
“God waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.” - A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
I’m going to close this post with one reflection question:
The apostle Paul said, “For me, to live is Christ…” (Philippians 1:21)
What about you? How would you fill in this blank:
For me, to live is ____________________.
Please allow me to give you a little encouragement from my own life: if you fill in the blank with anything but Christ, you’ll never be at peace in your season. So if you’ve got something else that you’re desiring above Him, I lovingly and highly recommend that you spend some time praying and surrendering today!
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