When I read the Bible, it’s seems that all of the men and women of God experienced season of waiting where it looked like they couldn’t move forward.
Moses got stuck out in a desert for forty years. That didn’t keep God’s plans from happening in his life. In fact, the people that he was going to set free after those forty year (the people of Israel) they’d been stuck in Egypt for 400 years! That didn’t keep God’s plans from happening in their life.
Daniel got stuck in exile in Babylon most of his life. That didn’t keep God’s plans from happening in his life. Paul got stuck in a prison for a couple of years. Joseph in the book of Genesis got stuck in a prison and as a slave for thirteen years. That didn’t keep God’s plans from happening. Deborah got stuck waiting for God’s plans to happen in her nation. Hannah got stuck waiting year after year for a child to come.
None of that kept God’s plan from happening. In fact if you read the Bible carefully, if you look at the life of the people of faith carefully, those times of waiting are a part of God’s plan in our life. He weaves them in somehow. I don’t know how He does it but He does it. So the fact that you’re waiting, the fact that you feel stuck is not keeping God’s plans from happening in your life. God’s delays are not always God’s denials. He still has a plan.
Scripture: “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” (Proverbs 4:25)
I love this verse. It’s about your vision and your outlook on life. It’s about not be discouraged at where you are now and believing God has a plan to move you forward.
My encouragement to you today is believe that God is working in your life. God is working even when you don’t feel like He’s working. God knows you’re stuck. And God knows when He’s going to get you unstuck. And God knows what He wants to do in your life while you’re stuck.
A young man once lost his job, and growing somewhat desperate about his plight, went to see an old preacher that he knew. As he poured out his heart to the preacher he angrily declared “I’ve begged and begged God to say something to help me, preacher. Why doesn’t God answer?”
The old preacher, who was sitting across the room, spoke a reply so quiet the young man was unable to make it out. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked.
The preacher repeated himself, again in a soft tone. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair.
“Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “So we will move closer to hear him.”
I love that story because it’s so true. To hear God’s voice, we need to pursue a close relationship with him. This is key to moving forward.
Today’s Challenge: Receive this word today: when you feel stuck, when God is asking you to wait, when you find it difficult to move forward, it’s at that moment you press in close to God. Draw near to him in prayer. Listen for his voice. Read the scriptures for encouragement. And never give up your faith.
- Is there an area of your life in which you feel stuck?
- Why does God sometimes ask us to wait?
- What do you believe God is trying to teach you?
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