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Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.

~ Elisabeth Elliot


Waiting on God is not easy from a human perspective. But I believe that God wants it to become progressively easier for us as we live our lives. Because the more we learn about God, about His character, who He really is, the more we will rest in him and place our complete trust in Him.

The more we spend time in His presence, experiencing Him and letting His spirit and character infuse itself into our hearts and lives, the more we will want to trust Him and let Him work His will in our lives without worrying about whether He will really keep His word or whether He will really do what’s best for us. Because we know He will: He is God, and He loves us more than we can imagine. It’s not even a question of whether He will bring the best into our lives, because He will. No doubt about it.

We all probably won’t become perfect in this area by the end of our lives, but as we grow in our relationships with our Father and find that greater intimacy with our Savior, it will become more second nature to us.

Waiting on God is hard now. I know that so well in my own life and experiences. But God wants us to lay our burdens on Him and pour our hearts out to him. He wants to become our constant confidant and friend and companion. He has infinite love and compassion and understanding for each of our hardships and trials. And he has a purpose for each one of them.

So don’t give up on waiting on Him. Bear the uncertainty and carry those unanswered questions for the present. Lift your heart to God when the pressure intrudes into your heart. But don’t let yourself despair. He knows it all and feels your hurt and sorrow as keenly as if it were His own. And He will bring it to a good and perfect purpose.


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