Stand and Wait on GOD!
June 12, 2018
God’s plans for us are good. He wants to prosper us and He knows our future. He has thoughts and dreams about us, and they are for our good! Maybe you know He’s good and has good intentions for you but wonder why it’s taking so long for His promises to come to pass in your life. You feel like Abram and Sarai in Genesis 16 who, after waiting for God’s promise to come to pass for so long, tried to make God’s promise come to pass their way and in their timing. We know that didn’t work out so well for them! I know the waiting process is hard, and sometimes it can feel like God forgot about you, but His way and His timing is always so much better than ours!
It’s so easy to give into anxiety and fear when we don’t see God moving on our behalf and bringing the breakthrough He promised us. Sometimes we pray, declare, and etc. till we’re blue in the face and if God doesn’t answer, then we try to figure out how to get God’s promises to happen without God. But He never gives us a promise that can be accomplished without Him. He wants us to partner with Him to see the promises fulfilled.
But there are times He just wants us to stand and wait on Him. There are several places in the Bible where God said to stand and wait for Him to move. One is Exodus 14:13-14. God promised the Children of Israel that He would take them out of slavery to a land of Promise. On the way there they come up to one of the many obstacles – the Red Sea. We all face obstacles on the road to our promise. God wants to know, “Do you trust Me to take care of you and fulfill the promise?” So in Exodus 14:13-14, Moses is responding to the Children of Israel who are scared because the Egyptians are pursuing them and in front of them is the Red Sea. They felt trapped and hopeless! Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV) says, “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’” Then God told Moses to lift his staff and the sea parted. That same sea was what God used to get rid of the Egyptian army. What was once their obstacle became a weapon against the enemy! That’s my God!
In 2 Chronicles 20, the Moabites and Ammonites came against Jehoshaphat. When Jehoshaphat heard they were coming, he inquired of the Lord and fasted. He stood up in the Temple and prayed with the men of Judah and their wives and children. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon a man named Jahaziel. In 2 Chronicles 20:17 Jahaziel says, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
There are just two of the many times God was able to accomplish something that man would have deemed impossible or hopeless. What God promised you will happen. We must be in constant communion with Him so we know what He wants us to do to see that promise come to fruition. It can’t be accomplished apart from Him. Paul told the Church of Ephesus that when they’ve done all, STAND! Stand on God’s Word! Stand on God’s promises. Stand still and wait on Him. Wait on His timing. He knows the plans He has for you and He knows the best way and best timing for them to happen. Paul also says in 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV), “…stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” Remember, when you are feeling weak in the waiting period or in the fight, God’s grace is sufficient for you!
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