Monday, 29 April 2013

The Pains & Gains of Waiting on God

Waiting for something to happen isn't always an exciting experience. It is a lot easier to wait when you know that at a set period your wishes will be granted but things can get really stressful when waiting on God for something and it seems like nothing is happening for years. The bible says in Isaiah 40:31   "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint".  According to this verse, waiting on the Lord when things are not fine should strengthen Christians but in my case I realised ‘waiting on God’ made me very restless a few times in the past.

 It was really a painful and annoying experience but after searching my heart, I discovered that those times I said I was waiting on God for something, what I really meant was “I'm waiting on time and chance for something to happen”. Instead of totally putting all my trust and hope in God who is capable of doing all things, I unconsciously consoled myself by assuming with time everything will be just fine with time...Big mistake! That mind-set made the waiting period very frustrating. 

Many of us have things we are waiting on God for, some need children of their own, good spouse, better job, good house etc. but when you say you are waiting on God, are you really waiting on Him? Do you trust and depend totally on Him to do exceedingly abundantly above all you think and desire?There is a huge difference between waiting and waiting on God. An online dictionary says to wait is to remain inactive until something expected happens but I think waiting on God is to stay active till something expected happens. Waiting on God doesn't mean you stay idle, it involves you actively trusting God and praying until something positive happens. Waiting on God means even when God seems quiet, you are at peace, relying fully on Him to step in and grant your heart desires right on time. Waiting on God means making efforts to strip yourself off your self-strength (I can handle it attitude) and depending totally on God for strength. It is only the strength from God that can keep you at peace in the midst of the storm and mount you up with wings as eagles so that you can soar far above your challenges. 
  Having said these, the waiting room isn't a bed of roses! While waiting on God, there will be diverse temptations both from the devil and loved ones who mean well. People will suggest so many alternatives and sometimes due to pressure it is very easy to start considering these options even when we know that is not the will of God for us. I have seen Christian youths who due to lack of jobs ended up doing all sort of crazy things just to make money. When you ask such people why they do these wrong things they come up with excuses like 'I was frustrated, I got tired of waiting'.  Dear friend, I know it is not easy when most of your classmates who were not as smart as you back in high school are driving Bentley's and you, with all your church activities are going around in a footwagon. I understand the feeling but you have to "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."- Psalm 37:7-9

I do not know exactly what you are going through and even if I did, I may not have the solutions but God does and I encourage you to wait on Him! We all have our waiting seasons! Joseph waited 13 years, Abraham waited for 25 years and even Jesus had to wait for 30 years so you are in good company if you are in a waiting season JJJ. I have had painful periods of waiting in the past when it seemed like God had turned his back on me, I waited, prayed, cried, grumbled, ranted and then prayed a little more but despite all my effort nothing was happening. Even as I type this blog post, some of my prayer requests are yet to be answered but then I'm still waiting!  I've given up being so anxious and surrendered everything into the hands of a Sovereign God who can do anything whenever, wherever and however!  Life is so much easier that way and it is my prayer that very soon, like the psalmist, we will share our testimonies saying "I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry"- Psalm 40:1. AMEN!

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD -Psalm 27:14
Have a blessed week,
With love

Monday, 8 April 2013


 Hi everyone, hope you are doing great and enjoying life? I am! Travelled to London during the Easter break and only just got back to Liverpool *SMILES* Going away for a few days was fabulous as usual, I got to spend quality time with my lovely sister-friends.  *sobs sobs* iMiss them already.

Anyways I'm back to reality and since I got back I've been analysing a particular hymn 'AT CALVARY' by William R. Newell. Guess I’m still in the Easter mood but here are my favourite bits from the hymn
"Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary."

On Easter Sunday, I had the opportunity to read Mark 16 again. One of the interesting things that stood out about the resurrection story is the fact that after Jesus resurrected, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, a woman with a very horrible past! I began to wonder, of all the people who had an encounter with Jesus during his time on earth, why Mary M? Why didn't Christ appear first to one of his beloved disciples? And then the word came, It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done and where you've been, if you decide to just give your life to Jesus, He'll show you love and turn your life around for good.
All the way to Calvary Christ went, He tasted death for YOU! He went through all those sufferings so your life can have structure and meaning! He was abandoned by God on that cross so you can be accepted. By dying on the cross, He ended the issue of rejection in your life. He gave himself to be mistreated by men so that you and I may dominate our world. He descended to hell so we can rise and do exploits.

You have so much to gain from the pain Jesus went through at Calvary! What excuse do you have for still living in sin? To reject the gift of salvation NOW is to prepare for everlasting roasting in hell because you can't predict whether you'll be alive the next minute, day or year to ask God for forgiveness. If you are Christian and still toying with sin, you are taking the grace of God and gift of salvation for granted, repent and make your ways right with God before it is too late!
Only Jesus can give you the hope to become somebody in life no matter your race, age, gender, background, social-class or past! Only Christ can turn the mess in your life into a beautiful message! He specialises in giving beauty for ashes! If you do not believe that, ask me and I will share a few personal stories with you. I am a product of God's love, grace and mercy...I do not regret ever giving my life to Jesus, the salvation experience is simply amazing and like the song writer I can boldly say "Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan! Oh, the grace that brought it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! Mercy there was great, and grace was free;Pardon there was multiplied to me;There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary"
A life without Christ is crisis! Even if everything goes well for you here on earth, what happens after you die? Whether you believe it or not, there is life after death, you will spend eternity either in heaven or hell. At Calvary Jesus went through terrible pains so you can gain access to God!  Only Jesus can grant you eternal life so give yourself wholly to him now.