“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, December 5, 2010

What Are You Waiting For?

Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days...
A woman in a crowd who had suffered for twelve years...
A woman appeared with a spirit that crippled her for 18 years...
A man who was blind from birth...

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and
not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

We often wonder... "How long do I have to wait?"
Until my child is healed of leukemia?
Until I get a job?
Until my marriage is healed?
Until my child learns self-control?
Until I no longer suffer with depression?
Until I get over my heart break?
Until my husband is healed of his addiction?
Indeed. How long? Let's look at the verse that precedes Jeremiah 29:11...

This is what the LORD says:
"When seventy years are completed for Babylon,
I will come to you and
fulfill my gracious promise
to bring you back to this place."
Jeremiah 29:10

When seventy years are completed? Huh? Do I have to wait 70 years?

Honestly, I don't know how long you will have to wait for God to fulfill a promise that He has made to you. In the New Testament we see that Jesus performed miracles for people who waited four days... twelve years... eighteen years... or their whole life.

So, I ask you... can you wait? Can you wait for God's timing? And what will you do if you choose to wait? And if you don't want to wait... what other options are there?

It's painful.
It's exhausting.
It's not easy.

But there is...
...and a Future.

"While I'm Waiting" lyrics by John Waller

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord

Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I'm waiting

I will serve You

While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting

I'm waiting on You, Lord

And I am peaceful

I'm waiting on You, Lord

Though it's not easy

But faithfully, I will wait

Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting

I will serve You while I'm waiting

I will worship while I'm waiting

I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

John Waller - While I'm Waiting (Official Music Video) from Provident Label Group on Vimeo.

This post is part of a earlier series I wrote on Jeremiah 29:10-13.


elizabeth embracing life said...

Waiting,waiting, waiting...whining in the waiting too. "I know the plans I have for you..." But waiting is so hard and yet in those times of waiting is when we see His best work....and I say wow He really does know the plans for me. Thanks for sharing and giving.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

In many ways, I don't have much of a choice regarding my waiting. This is the one time in my life when I've had to completely surrender my ideas about how "my all" is going to work itself out. My cancer has reduced me to living within the confines of a day, not a lifetime, and I'm fairly certain that's a pretty good way to live.

Yes, I'm waiting for my healing, for God's completed work in me (which I happen to think refers to the 70 year time frame); it may come sooner rather than later, but either way it will come. And for that I am grateful today.

You are precious, Sheri, and I stand with you in this difficult season you're walking through.