Do you like to wait for something? I certainly don’t! When someone else causes the delay it makes me even more impatient. It seems we are all the time having to wait for something to take place in our lives—a doctor’s appointment, a car repair, our next meal, standing in a line to pay taxes, or maybe a raise on a job. We may get impatient while waiting on these things, but we do it because we need what we are waiting on to happen. Why is it that people give up on God when they need to do something for Him? We expect God to answer us right away. When He doesn’t, we give up and look for someone or something to meet that need. The scripture in Isaiah 40:31 informs us to “wait upon the Lord.” When we ask God to intervene on our behalf, He starts on the answer right then. But the enemy of our souls wants us to think God doesn’t care and doesn’t want to answer us so we will quit trusting and serving God.
You cannot go wrong waiting on God to deliver the answer. It will always be the right answer for you and it will arrive just when you need it the most, because He is always an on-time God. Our faith in God will always produce the victory we need for our lives. The reason is because God loves us and as a Father of such great unconditional and everlasting love for His children, He will bring forth the right answer for our every situation. Don’t give up but hold on to the unchanging Hands of God. Don’t let people hinder you with their unbelief and negative words but trust the living Word of God and you will see the answer manifest itself before your very eyes. Through Christ Jesus, we can do all things. Wait, trust and believe and we will receive the reward of our faith.
So what can I do? I can try to deny it all and be a superwoman or some may try to be superman, who doesn’t need any help. I can walk around with a smile on my face pretending that everything thing is fine, while underneath I am trying to hide my pain. Shirley Caesar has a song that I sing everyday. The tile is, “It’s Alright, It’s Okay.” Some of the words are: “Sometimes it’s hard to say you’re doing okay. When you are trying to hide the pain on your face. Times are getting harder, You’ve prayed and you’ve prayed. Just keep hoping, believing. Hold on to your faith. Put a smile on your face. Dry the tears from your eyes. Keep holding on. Brighter days are coming and it won’t be long.”
Sometimes when problems arise in our lives, we try to figure it out ourselves. We do more harm than good. When we try to worry and fix it ourselves. Sometimes we just need to step aside and allow God to work. He is the God of the impossible. Just step aside and let Him work. Have faith in God.
Remember: In the midst of life’s storms, God’s peace is like a Fortress. Nothing comes our way, without our Father’s permission. The Lord’s desire is to give us peace in every circumstance. If our confidence is found in Christ, we will not be swayed by our circumstances. True contentment is based on the Person Jesus Christ, and not on what’s going on around us.
But God declares over this hopeless situation Jesus Christ became a High Priest to shatter that despair with hope, and to humble that superwoman or superman.
Romans 8:35, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No matter what we face in life…Don’t let go of God’s Hands.
The biggest thing that I have learned is that an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son is the best thing that has ever happened to me. There is absolutely nothing that Jesus and I cannot talk about. He works it all out, I just tell Him. I think of the song, “I Must Tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear my burdens alone; In my distress He kindly will help me; He ever loves and cares for His own. I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.” After I talk with Jesus, I praise and worship Him because I realize that He is moved by our praise of Him. Before and after every successful battle in the Bible, there was praise and worship going on. God is not through with me yet!
At times we may feel separated from God due to our shabby faith, tests, trials, burdens, a heavy heart and our struggles. The good news today is that God’s Word informs us in Romans 8:35, that nothing that happens to us nor anything that comes against us shall separate us from God’s love for us. In the previous verses before this text, the Apostle Paul makes a statement that appears to be in the form of a question when he stated, “If God is for us, who could be against us?” Paul is not asking a question. He is actually making a statement that says, “Since or because God is for us, who could be against us?”
Paul goes on to say that He has no doubt that God loves us for He proved it to us by not sparing His own Son, but giving Him up for us to know and to continue to remind ourselves as to who we are in Christ Jesus. As believers, god is for us!!! We will experience trouble, misunderstandings, accusations, sickness, calamities, persecution, rejection, dangers and on and on, but these things has nothing to do with God’s love for us. They are all a part of life! What we must remember is that when the storms of life begin to rage and our boats seems to fill with water and the wind and rain continues to rage, we must hold on to God’s unchanging hands. In Romans 8:37, we are reminded that despite all these things we may suffer or have to go through in life, we have overwhelming victory through Christ who loves us.
In 2nd Corinthians 2: 14(A), “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession.” We must hold to God’s unchanging hands for the road ahead is not going to get any smoother, but instead rough. We are living in perilous times!!! The Apostle Paul gave us hope in Romans 8: 38-39. Hope that we must grab on to and hold tight to as our own. As stated by the Apostle Paul, we too must declare these same words in the midst of life’s trials. We must be convinced or persuaded in our minds that nothing can ever separate us (those who are in Christ Jesus) from God’s love. Not sickness, death, life, angels, demons, fears of today or tomorrow, worries and not even the power of hell (satan himself) can separate us from the love of God that is and has been revealed through Christ for us in God’s atoning work on our behalf at the Cross.
Hold on to God’s unchanging hands for scripture declares that He changes not. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Keep seeking God, keep trusting Him, keep believing Him for He does hear and answers our prayers. God knows where we are. He knows what we go through or may be going through right now. He loves and cares for us, therefore, we must cast our cares upon Him, knowing that He loves and cares for us. God is concerned about His people. Scripture declares in 2 Corinthians 16:9(a), “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
We must believe that, regardless of what our eyes may see or regardless of what is before us or what may seem to be coming against us right now. Trust God!!! I can remember an old song that I have heard my parents and the Saints of old sing in church when I was growing up. “Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand.” The lyrics are: “Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved can stand, Build your hope on things eternal, and Hold to God’s unchanging Hand! Hold to His Hand. God’s unchanging Hand! Build your hope on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging Hand.” Keep holding the Master’s Hand. God is our “hope” for today and tomorrow! If there was ever a time to hold on to God, the time is now! God’s promise to us is, “Victory is guaranteed to be ours through Jesus Christ.”
Milley Brewington is a guest columnist for The Sampson Independent.