After an intense few days of ministry, I curled up to relax and read before moving on to the next few events. The book I’ve been reading is called The Lazarus Life by Stephen W. Smith. I came across these words yesterday, “Waiting on Jesus is not a passive act. Waiting on Jesus is soul work.” Isn’t that the truth? Waiting for the presence of Jesus is a faith stretching, soul searching, often gut wrenching time when we “relinquish control, surrender our wills, give up our false hopes and realize that if anything is going to happen at all it will have to be God’s doing.” But seasons of waiting are crucial to our spiritual transformation. They provide us time to grow in God-awareness and self-awareness.
How does praising God during these seasons of waiting beneficial? As I have thought about that question, I realize that learning to exalt the Lord above my waiting times has been crucial to quieting my inner agitation and calming my anxieties. Ultimately, as I choose to praise HIm while I wait, the Holy Spirit strengthens my soul to trust and rest in God’s timing. This is a mystery to me because by nature I am impatient. I need reminders that God’s primary goal in my life is not my comfort or even happiness. God’s primary goal in my life is that I am transformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. If you remember correctly, Jesus was never in a hurry.
So how do we praise God in the season of waiting? Music helps me and using scripture helps me. Songs like Christy Nockels, “Waiting Here for You” has been very beneficial for me during those nail biting seasons of waiting. Verses like Psalm 37:34, “Wait for the lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to inherit the land” remind me that I can trust God’s timing. He often seems slow, but He is never late.
My question for you today is, how do you quiet your inner anxiety during seasons of waiting. I have a $10.00 I-Tunes gift card and The 30 Day Praise Challenge to give away. Leave a comment and I’ll toss your name in to win both of those. All you have to do is leave a comment………