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March 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

We find a Real God in times of Waiting!



Has the plan for your life ever changed?  Coming out of high school I had life all planned out. I was going to study computers and play football in college. Then maybe go pro, when that was done I would fallback on computers. Then the walls came crashing down, when in practice the day before my first game tragedy struck. Going through a play someone fell taking out my knee and tearing my Acl and Mcl, and bam in an instant my plans are gone. I began to ask God what I was to do now. I began to wait and wait and wait, and wait for him to show.

Those years of waiting, watching my friends having the time of life's living out their dreams, when I could not was excruciating. It was a great desire in my heart to know what God's plan was! Why did God make me wait so long? Better yet, why don’t some people ever get to live out their dream, while some do?

During that time I struggled with faith, grew angry, and questioned why I had to wait. Over and over again God has revealed to me that He is sovereign and I am not.

I believe that during that time God developed some character traits in me that otherwise might not have been developed. He knew every thought and feeling I had during that painful time. I became truthful with Him.  You see no longer did I think of God as some mystical being to talk to as when I was a child. He was now a real person for me to be angry with, talk to (yell at).  He was someone I wasn’t afraid to be real with.  I knew I could cast all of the hurts and pain I had onto him. After all, the Bible says in 1 Peter 5 to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I did just that and you can, too. I threw as hard as I could at Him every hurt, pain, anger, sorrow i had, and in return I received no retaliation, no wrath, just peace, understanding, and love.  My relationship with God grew deeper than ever because He truly became real to me.

 

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

Are you in a time of waiting right now? Waiting is not fun for me at all. Probably not for you either. I’ve never heard anyone say, “Man, I am so excited about what God is going to show me and how I’m going to change during this time of waiting. I can’t wait to wait some more!” But, as I’ve talked with countless people after their time of waiting and everyone has said that they wouldn’t trade the relationship that they now have with Jesus for the one they had before. You see, it’s in those days, months and years of waiting where we start Jesus as real, we can become real with Him, and He can reveal His plan for our lives.  Have you asked God, “What do you want me to learn from this?”  I learned in waiting that God revealed that He had already given me His plan as a teenager when He called me to preach and that my plan for my life was never His. 

 

This is my Prayer: God give me patience in my time of waiting. Jesus help me to see You as real, someone I can talk to, someone I can share my feelings with, and someone I can rely on.  Lord show how to be real with You and grow closer to You during this time.  God teach me Your ways and help me learn the lesson You want me to learn from waiting.  In Jesus name, Amen.


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