Updated: Jun 27, 2019
So in my last post, I talked about waiting on the Lord and shared about the promise that my family is waiting on, but I wanted to talk to you about the waiting "process." I think in Christianity it sometimes becomes a miss conception that waiting is "just waiting." But that's not necessarily true, we can be actively waiting. And we should be preparing ourselves during that time.
I shared about how God showed me that I needed to stop praying that He bring me a husband and start praying for Him to show me how to be a good wife. During that time, I wasn't just sitting there praying and doing nothing wondering where my husband was. I was active.
The Bible says,
He who finds a wife finds a good thing..... Prov. 18:22
When I read this scripture, something became very distinctive to me. It says he who finds a wife.... meaning she's already a wife when he finds her. This isn't implying that she's already married. No! It means she's already displaying the characteristics of someone who's ready to be a wife when he finds (meets) her.
Let's talk about this for a second. Do you think a man wants his wife partying and in the club every night? Is your house in order? Do you cook? or even clean up after yourself? Or are you planning to learn to do those things once you become a wife? Maybe you'll stop going out all the time once you meet him? I mean where else would you meet your husband but at the club right??? (That was sarcasm btw).
This concept doesn't just apply to a spouse. Think about it. Maybe you live in an apartment and are praying for a house. Are you struggling to pay your bills for apartment living? Or maybe you're 600 sq ft apt is a hot mess. I'm telling you water bills and electric get a lot more expensive when your sq ft increases. And if you are struggling to clean up one room, what will you do with 3?
Maybe you're praying for a promotion at work. Are you waiting bitterly wondering why you haven't been shown the honor you think you "deserve"? But you're actually late every day and question your boss at every turn because you think you could do their job better? Maybe you would take on extra work or do more if they paid you more? But you fail to realize that maybe they would pay you more or promote you if they saw you could handle it. But sadly they don't know that you can handle it cause you've never shown them that you can take on more work. Look at the parable of the talents.
“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ Matthew 25:19-23
He doesn’t say now I will give you more blessings he says I will give you more work….kjv "I will make you ruler over many things." Again responsible for more.
Sometimes we have to master the responsibilities we first are given before we can take on more. (i.e.; from husband to children, from one child to multiple children, from a current position at work to a promotion, from a small apartment to a house).
When the Israelites left Egypt, they wondered around in the desert for 40 years before entering into the Promised Land. They could’ve gone another direction and got there sooner but the Lord had to prepare the land and prepare them for that blessing. They had to work for it and show that they could be responsible for it. Think about that promise or desire that you're praying for and ask yourself if you are actually prepared for it if God were to actually give it to you right now. Luke put it this way.....
"When someone has been given much, much will be required in return, and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required”
And Spider Man put it this way..... "With great power comes great responsibility."
You choose! But be serious when you think about it. What are you doing while you wait? God will not give you something that you would destroy if He gave it to you or that would destroy you or your relationship with Him.
Prepare yourself for the blessing. Work while you wait. Colossians 3:23 says "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." In 2 Timothy 2:24, Paul refers to himself as a Servant of Christ and whatever we do while we wait should be with the mindset that we're serving the Lord. Our blessing when it comes, will be a testimony to the Lord and should be a new way to honor Him when it's here.