You're not Alone in your Waiting
Have you ever felt alone in your waiting? Truthfully, I think this is the hardest part. Yes, the waiting itself can be excruciating, but it's the lie that gets me most- "You're the only one." Satan would like nothing more than for you to believe you are alone in your pain.
But it's simply not true.
Sunday, as we looked at Paul and Silas- whipped, beaten and in prison as a direct result of their obedience, you may have found yourself hoping it was an isolated incident in scripture. Sorry to burst your bubble. Scripture is full of stories of those who obeyed God, and as a result went through seasons of intense suffering while waiting on God to respond. David in the cave at Adullam being hunted by Saul. Joseph, falsely accused of attempted rape by Potipher's wife and languishing in prison. Daniel, who remained faithful to God in prayer, thrown into a lion's den as a result of his faithfulness.
Apparently, suffering while waiting on the Lord is not a unique situation. But this is actually good news, because it means you're not alone. When Satan whispers those lies about how you're the only one and how God must have forgotten about you, please know he has been whispering those same lies since the beginning. Ultimately, Satan wants to control your focus. If he can get you focused on yourself, he can keep your focus off of God's will for you. I ran across this statement in my research that I just loved:
"We break out of the powers of this world when we focus on God's redemptive work more than our circumstances." (Unknown)
Said differently, whatever you are looking for, you will find it. It all comes down to focus. If you focus on things that are wrong, unjust and unfair, you will find them. But when you focus on God and His will in all circumstances, you will see His hand at work even in the darkest time. Complainers can always find something to complain about. Worshipers can always find a reason to worship. It's all a matter of perspective.
What's your perspective? You will either choose the perspective of a victim- alone in this world and someone life is happening TO; or you will choose the perspective of a Christ follower- following God in the good and the bad, aware of God moving even in the toughest situation, and surrounded by others who have been there and are ready to walk with you. You are not alone in your waiting unless you want to be. It's all a matter of perspective.