One question I am asked by clients, family and friends, “How do you wait on God?”. It is not a hard question but there is a complex answer. When in a crisis, when feeling defeated and hopeless, when looking at the situation play out in front of you, how do you wait on God? What are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to feel?
I have asked this question so many times and have been sitting in anguish every time I have asked it. I needed so very badly for someone to just give me a simple answer, so I could do what I needed to get out of the feeling I was having.
When something is happening in your life and it generally affects someone that you are close to like a child, parent, spouse, or best friend; you typically have feelings and an emotional connection tied in. You have time invested in that person. The other variables that makes it a crisis is the hurt as an outcome that may come upon an individual, rather it is emotional, physical or spiritual. Some hurts are even deadly. But how? How do you wait on God?
Allowing tears to flow. But there is a specific type of tear. The tear of hope, belief, stillness, and vision. The tear of knowing things will be okay. The tear of knowing you are not able to move at the current time. The tear of endurance.
Building your spiritual immune system. Your tolerance for problems. You cannot possibly think you are going to go through life and not have any issues. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” I Peter 4:12. Yes, some issues and crisis seem foreign and like they don’t belong in your family, but everyone is open game; don’t forget about Job.
Know your insurance is paid. I like to think that we as Christians have an assurance policy. The Blood of Jesus has us covered and it provides a protection that our eyes cannot see. Sometimes we forget because we become used to seeing things through a natural eye. The first thing people do when their house burn or have an automobile accident, grab their insurance policy to see what is covered. Grab your Bible and see what is covered, take God’s word back to him.
Speak life. This is not the time to start agreeing with the situation. This is not the time to say how much you want to give up or give in. This is the time to tell the individual or yourself that you will live. This is when you let greatness come off your tongue. Proverbs 18:1 “The tongue has the power of life and death…” The words that you say is what you’re are creating more of. We don’t realize that phrases like “I’m sick and tired” or “I can’t do this anymore” or “You are killing me”. This is the time to say, “God’s got this”, “This is a small thing for God”, “God is in control”.
My final answer is to Praise! No matter what you’re feeling, no matter what is happening, no matter how bad the issue continues to be, JUST PRAISE! Praise God in your dance. Praise in your prayer, in a song or even in your words. Whatever you do, don’t stop praising him. You need it, but God needs to see it in you more than anything. Your praise in the middle of a storm or crisis is what moves God. He is not moved by your feelings and emotions; but He is moved by your praise. It goes against nature. It is faith in action. Your praise lets God know that you are serious and that you believe in him.