I keep wondering why God wants me to wait and somedays I am frustrated. I have all these plans and I keep waiting on the Lord to guide me and to show me the way. I have found in a very hard way that unless I let Him lead me, no matter what I do and however successful it looks, it would ultimately lead to disappointment.
And so I continue to wait. I get frustrated and even impatient sometimes. Even with God when we are in a period of waiting it is frustrating. But I am slowly learning that He has a reason and we need to trust Him that it is worth it and so we should hope and we should wait. My hope is in God, who is constantly present, and who kept me in this season of waiting for my good and His glory. While I wait, I look around me and try and do the detective work why He put me in this season of waiting and so I actively search for His will. As Micah said “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7). Micah’s hope was in the Lord. His hope was in the assurance that God saved him and hears him. Our hope is in that same God who saves and listens and will answer in His own timing. Whether we are in a time of waiting or a time of progress, we still have our hope in the God who is constant despite circumstances. And thank the Lord, He changes not !!
And all of a sudden today I found out the reason why God put me in the season of waiting. My friend Goodnews girl wanted to chat and so I met up with her and we were talking and catching up with each other, (believe me, we were making plans to get together for days now and except for very brief convos here and there, we weren’t able to and so for a brief period of 15 mins we finally sat and chatted) and we started talking about how hard it is to be Christians when we are surrounded by non-Christians and I was comforting her that while we do get frustrated with this, if we place our uncertainty into His hands He will work it to His glory and then she told me that she is not entirely clear on Heaven and Hell concept and all of a sudden it just dawned on me.
I know for a fact, 99.9% of Christians have very warped idea of Heaven and Hell which has no basis on the Bible which was promoted blindly by all Christian organizations except SDAs. For those who neglect fellowship with true believers, it often leads to the Christian following after worldly teachings or even false doctrine. Most churches today are so willing to compromise on biblical truth. The devil’s main mission is to divide the body of Christ, but Scripture teaches that every Christian is part of “one body” (Romans 12: 4-5) and that we are “all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). It is vital for new “babes” and believers to fellowship with other Christians in order to grow in a harmonious faith and begin to have their minds transformed to what God desires. And here is why God placed me. And if I were in a movie, a ray of light would have been clearly placed on my head with a heavenly music. God placed me here at this very spot at this time of my life, to show this girl the Truth, and His Truth and it was so uplifting to me to see the reason why God put in this place and to reach out to this girl who so evidently loves the Lord and is struggling to know Him. This is our main purpose as Christians – to share the love of Christ with a dying (dead) world.
This is what it is all about. This is a relationship we as Christians should be working on. To know God intimately and to know His truth based on His teachings and His scriptures. And so naturally I provided her with my most favorite pastors’ websites (amazingfacts.org and itiswritten.com) and told her to work on them and they should be able to set her on the right path and also that she should check for herself if it is based on the scriptures. No matter who teaches us, we should always check if it is biblically sound and if it’s not, just shut it off and discard.
I am sure that we will never be able to reach the perfection God desires in our life time. But God is merciful and He reaches out and He finishes the work He started in us and while we continue to let God morph our righteousness which has no value whatsoever, into Christ’s righteousness, He will draw us closer and closer to Himself and we will be able to slowly comprehend the depths of His love towards a fallen race and towards a sinner like me.
Life tosses us this way and that way and we get so discouraged and tormented if we don’t know what God is saying to us through His scriptures. I have found out that when I am reaching towards God, it doesn’t matter how far I have to stretch, and how many times I fall, because He has me. And He will never let me fall so far that He can’t reach me and His hands are ever ready to pick me up again and again… and thank God, He will pick me up again !
So as I told my friend, I will take risks but I will tether them to my faith in God. Stretch my arms out a little, and let my feet lift off the ground. What do I have to fear…? God got me !!
Psalms 63:3-4 KJV
“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”