Wait With Confidence

Commuters waiting for bus

How well do you wait?

I can wait a long time if I have something to keep me busy.

Young woman with pad in the waiting room

Give me my computer and I can sit in a waiting room for hours.

 

But put me in a waiting mode for my business to grow and sometimes I get frantic.

How about you? Is your business growing the way you expected? Or do you feel stuck, blocked, stalled?

There is an affirmation for that!

What do you think of this verse?

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Wait!?

You don’t want to wait for your business to grow. You may even need for more income to start coming your way.

I know the feeling.

I had applied for the director position with a nonprofit ministry. I had a burning desire to do that job. Every time that the tasks involved with the job were mentioned, I longed to get started doing them.

But it was taking time for the board to make a decision. One Friday morning a friend called me with a poem to encourage me. She knew it was hard as I waited to learn if I would be the director or not. The poem was titled, Sit Still, My Daughter. The theme of the poem was waiting.

Some encouragement, right?

I took it to heart though. I understood it as a message for me from God. The message clearly was to patiently wait.

So, I continued to wait as patiently as I could.

Here is the poem:

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days–these waiting days–as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, ’tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart’s deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord’s will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could’st thou for Him fill?
‘Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
‘Tis hard, ’tis true! But then–He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
–J. D. Smith

(Originally from Streams in the Desert)

Guess how long I had to wait to finally hear that I was indeed to be the new director?

It wasn’t a matter of months or weeks or even days!

That afternoon I got the call telling me that I would be the new director of the nonprofit ministry.

It was only a matter of hours.

My lesson from that event is that waiting for the Lord isn’t easy; but it isn’t to make us miserable.

Waiting that comes from God is good and has a great purpose; but it will never be easy and may always make us miserable.

Unless we have a good prayer and affirmation to focus on.

Here are three Bible passages to consider.

17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
    you will all flee away,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:17-19 NIV

I have quoted this verse in its context and emphasized the verse that shows God’s heart.

Verse 17 depicts how it feels to wait without results. It may even feel like thousands are against you and you are surrounded, alone, on a windy, deserted mountain top.

Verse 18 tells us what God is feeling. God wants to bless you. He “longs to be gracious to you.” You will be blessed if you “wait for him.”

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Waiting for the Lord is a command important enough to repeat in this verse. The key is to be strong and take heart. And then to wait.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

King David wrote Psalm 37; it is a favorite of mine. Lots of goodness in it. I am sharing verse 7 with you because it addresses the issue that any network marketer deals with when watching others rank advance. I am not implying that those who you watch succeed have cheated. But sometimes it feels like it just isn’t fair.

Plus it is even more frustrating when you see someone doing exactly what you are doing but they are seeing results and you aren’t. You have heard your up line say to be patient. In other words, “be still”, “wait patiently” as you continue to move forward; perhaps with course adjustments. But don’t get discouraged and quit.

Be still, wait patiently. Use this prayer and affirmation to get you through the wait.

Prayer

Father God, here I am. I am sitting still. I am waiting for You. Waiting for You to direct and work. Waiting for You to be gracious and bless me. I have sought your direction in this path and now it feels like I have waited for too long. I understand that your timing is perfect and so I will sit still and wait for You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am waiting for God to work as I continue to work. I have sought His direction and now I wait for Him. I take my strength from focusing on God. Knowing that I am in the right place, doing the right thing, I confidently wait to see the results. Even though the last person said “no”, the next person will say “yes.” Even though someone else rank advanced, I am confident that God is working to bless me.

Prayers are directed to God and help you to see God’s truth. Affirmations are directed to your brain to help it believe and act on God’s truth. Repeat the prayer and affirmation daily for best results.
God bless you, 
Connie Suarez 

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