Raise your hand, if you're tired of waiting on the Lord.
Let's get real. It's hard to have faith during seasons of transition. Whether you were just diagnosed with an illness, lost your job, graduated college (hello, class of 2017!), moved to a new place, or started a newschool, etc--seasons of transition often breed a lot of uncomfortable uncertainty. You go from knowing exactly what to do each day to all of a sudden not having a clue what's coming up next. In these seasons, a lot of us try to create routine in being "good Christians." You read your bible everyday, pray each night and give an offering at church every Sunday. When people ask how are you, you answer, shortly "I'm fine" or "I'm good." Your family and friend send you the "encouraging" scriptures. You're excited and hopeful for what God has in store for your future.
But after a while, that initial faith wares away. You've applied to every job, tried every treatment ... and nothing seems to go your way. Sometimes you're sick and tired and #done with waiting on God.
How do we persevere and continue to have faith in God as he has unwavering faith in us? First, we need fight song. Singer Kari Jobe penned a powerful ballad in her recent album about praising God in the midst of suffering. Listen below:
For those of you waiting on God in the midst of storm, try singing this song on repeat. Scream it if you have to. Praising and crying out to God brings us closer to Him. When Jesus walked on the water, he didn't immediately calm the storm (Mark 6:45-52). No, in the middle of the storm, Jesus walked out and revealed Himself to His disciples to show them, "I'm here." As we seek Him earnestly, desperately, God meets us where we are.
The Bible tells us to praise God at all times. Apostle Paul sets an example writing to the Philippians from jail (Phil 4: 4-9)
"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The LORD is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In the same verse, he tells us to not worry by, in colloquial terms, being straight with God. Tell Him of your troubles. Be specific. Don't sugar coat You can get real with God. Be honest. There's nothing you can't say to Him. Venting to the Lord in this way allows us to release our worries to Him, and in turn, our Heavenly Father will guard our hearts from anxiety in the future.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
You have unlimited access to the ultimate peace on Earth 24/7, and it's found in the Lord. When surrounded by darkness and negativity and self-doubt, we need to keep our minds on the Lord, his teachings, promises and his Word just as Paul says. Fix your eyes on Him and don't let them waiver. Sometimes we forget God created the whole Earth. He masterfully moves the wind and sea. He can calm your anxious heart and take away your fears. In Him, all faith, hope and peace is found. He has everything you need to weather to storm.
Stay strong my friends. And even when you can't, cling to the God of Strength.