Waiting on God can seem like an eternity. You know what I mean. You have been praying about something and there just is no clear answer. Days, months, and sometimes years go by and still no answer. Is God on vacation or what? One thing I DO know about God. He is never on vacation. He is always there with us and for us. Just because we don’t “feel” His presence does not mean He is absent.
I am going to give you a tool that I have learned to use while I am waiting on God to answer me:
- P = Praise Him. Praise Him in the morning, praise Him at the noonday, praise Him at supper time. God inhabits the praises of His people. You want to be closer to God? You want to know Him? You want to hear Him? Learn the power of praise.
- P = Pray. Just like Praise, we need to pray without ceasing. And by the way, praying is supposed to be us communicating with God…just don’t forget to listen. It is should be a two way conversation. If you do all the talking, don’t expect to hear an answer.
- T = Trust. This is where faith comes in. I know how hard it can be to trust Him when the person you love lets you down, when you get that word from the Doctor that it is serious, or when you find out you no longer have the job you thought you would have for the rest of your life. Trust God to see you through the storms. He never said we would not go through storms. In fact, He promised us that we WOULD go through them! However, He just assured us He would be with us through it all. Trust Him. He is faithful even when we are not.
- W = Wait. Wait on God for His perfect timing. That does not mean sitting on your hands doing nothing. You keep planting. You keep building. You keep knocking. He will open the doors that no man can open, and close the doors that no man can close, but it has to be His timing. Remember that it is not all about you or me. He will answer when the time is right.
One additional thing to pray for is not that God give you opportunities. He WILL give you opportunities. Pray that you recognize them when they happen and you don’t miss it. Opportunities don’t go away, they just go to the next person who recognizes them and THEY get the blessing.
Don’t miss your blessing. Be ready. Stay focused. Don’t despair. God knows the storm you are in. Even if YOU created the storm, God is not surprised and He is still with you to help you and sustain you.
When you are in that period of waiting on God to come through, think about Him and think about others. Get your focus off of your circumstances and off of yourself. Quit worrying. Try PPTW and see if you don’t have a renewed sense of hope. That is really what we need, isn’t it? We just want to know that our hope is not in vain.
God has not forgotten us. Trust Him. Press in to Him. Read His Word. Meditate on it so that you can renew your mind. Remind yourself of His promises. Today is a new day. Who knows, perhaps the door you have been seeking will open for you today. I pray it does for both of us. Till it does, I will PPTW.