How to Spiritually Change Your Circumstances Part 5: Wait Patiently for the Lord

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Wait patiently for the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalms 27:14 NLT)

God is never late, but He rarely shows up early either. So what do you do after you pray? You wait on God to move on your behalf. Waiting on God doesn’t mean you say, “Well, I prayed so I’ll just sit here and wait until my blessing comes.” No, waiting on God is an active process. You need to continue to pray, continue to seek God’s presence, confess the Word out loud, study His Word about your particular issue, do what His Word says, and make it a point to bless other people. When you just “sit” you’re letting your defenses down and opening yourself up to be attacked by the enemy. You need to stay busy doing God’s business while He works on your situation.

If you try to fix your problem after you’ve prayed about it, then you’re getting in what we call “works of the flesh,” which makes the situation worse. If you worry, fret, or get anxious about the problem, then you’re acting out of doubt and not out of faith. You’re either going to trust God completely to handle it or you’re going to trust yourself to fix it. Psalms 146:3 states not to put your trust in human beings, and that would include you. If your plan is to try to fix it yourself to begin with, why even pray about it? God can do more for you in one millisecond than you could ever do for yourself, so let Him be God and trust that He will bring you out victorious on time.  

Waiting on the Lord is a trying process because we live in an “instant” society where everything is quick. If we can’t get something in a manner of minutes we go into a “fit” because patience in the 21st century is not a virtue—unfortunately it’s a thing of the past. God will make you wait on purpose just to help you develop patience if patience is not a strong suit of yours. Impatience, unbelief, and talking negative about your circumstances will cause you to wait longer and make you miserable in the process. Doubt doesn’t move God, but faith does. Take a lesson from the Israelites who took 40 years to complete an 11 day journey. Why did it take so long you ask? Because the Israelites complained, grumbled, and were disobedient while they were waiting on God to deliver them to the Promise Land. Don’t make your circumstances worse by acting in the flesh. Once you’ve prayed, you just have to be patient. Waiting is all a part of exercising patience and faith, so learn how to wait patiently, and your miracle can happen quicker than you expect.

Meditation Scripture (s):

  • And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You. (Psalms 39:7 AMP)
  • I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him; Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. (Psalms 62:1, 5 NLT)
  • Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield. For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name. Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You. (Psalms 33:20-22 AMP)
  • I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.  I am looking and waiting for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, I say, more than watchmen for the morning. (Psalms 130:5-6 AMP)
  • The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. (Lamentations 3:25 AMP)

*Note: My hope and prayer is that after you read this and meditate on the scriptures that you will get such a revelation that will spark further study on your own. The Bible has so much more to say that what I’ve included. There’s nothing better than studying the Word of God for yourself*

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