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We learn SO much more in our valley experiences than from our mountaintop ones.
Psalm 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (KJV)
Psalm 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (KJV)
Psalm 102:2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. (KJV)
Jeremiah 8:15We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! (KJV)
Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)
2 Cor. 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (KJV)
James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. (KJV)
Adversity, anguish, heartaches, persecutions, trials and tribulations come to us as lessons in this life on Earth. They make us consider how we can change our views of the world, our views of God, and if we are wise, they lead us to change our behavior. The Lord Jesus is our ultimate Advisor and Teacher . . . IF we are wise and consider His urgings. The Lord Jesus is the only One to whom we must look for the answer of any hard lesson related to adversity that will be with us on and off, in our whole life on Earth.
God allows adversity for at least three reasons:
- 1. God uses adversity to get our attention. He uses many different ways to get our attention when necessary . . . adversity (hardship) is one of the main ones. One of the best answers to adversity that I know of, is to strike back suddenly with a prayer to God for help. May I suggest to you the following Scripture any time you need comfort and peace. Psalm 25:1-7 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. 4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. (KJV) . . . Our Lord Jesus will respond to your request, because He will never turn His Back on you.
- 2. Adversity leads to self-examination. Many times the Lord allows adversity to make us sit up and take notice of sin in our lives. Hardship motivates us to self-examine ourselves (1 Cor.11:31). Adversity forces us to cope with things on a deeper level. Nothing has the ability to drive us closer to God than trials and tribulations. It reveals just who we really are, in addition to what we truly believe about God, His Son, His deity and His faithfulness to us. Adversity makes us examine our faith and our obedience to the Lord. Hardship makes us ask ourselves IF we stand firm in our faith in Christ, or does every ill wind blow us away from Him? All those who have accepted Christ as Saviour are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.3:16-19), and He wants us to be clean and usable vessels. We must not allow the filth of the world or our past failures to remain in our lives. We are new creations in Christ (2 Cor.5:17; Gal.6:15). There is NEVER a time where we are separated from Him. He has sealed us with His Spirit (2 Cor.1:22; Ep.1:13; 4:30). And that newness of life is the very thing that gives us hope in hopeless times.
- 3. The effective lesson leads to change in behavior. When we imitate Christ Jesus, our Lord, our true character emerges. The lessons that the Lord teaches us through adversity are in the long run for that very purpose: a change in behavior, including a change in the belief that brought about the conduct. Our Lord not only wants to get our attention so that we take time to look honestly at our lives, He wants us to allow His Spirit to have free access to every area of our lives. We must learn to listen and look for His guidance and direction. In reality, we can see a problem or feel a flush of anger and think: How should I respond? We must be careful not to make the wrong choice, say the wrong word or ignore what we know the Holy Spirit is telling us to do. Unless we change our response and behavior, we will never benefit from adversity or grow as a result of it. The Lord provides a challenge, and we have an opportunity to obey or disobey Him. The choice is ours, and the consequences that come belong to us. Be careful.
Jesus came to bear the burdens that plague our lives. He will help us carry our burdens to the cross and deal with them there, once and for all . . . IF we let Him! The Lord always has our best interests in mind. He alone knows that pain paves the path to complete spiritual healing and restoration. If we are willing to allow Him to bring to the surface the inner filth of our life, and if we are willing to change what needs to be changed, we will come out of adversity closer to Christ Jesus, be more mature and with far greater potential to reflect the love of God to the world around us.
Waiting on God’s Timing
God loves us and has promised to supply our NEEDS, but He does NOT promise to give us everything we WANT . . . when we want it. Dear one, IF He did, He would take second place in our lives. WHY? Because the main thing we would think of would be the things He could do for us. And what's more, our requests are NOT always in accordance with His will. Even when our requests do align with His plans and His will . . . we may have to wait until they
fit His schedule (not ours).May I suggest that instead of seeing delays as hindrances and obstacles, we should see them as loving interventions of our heavenly Father. By our rushing full speed ahead with plans of our own, we will miss His very best blessings.
Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (KJV) . . . Tells us that the Lord acts in behalf of those who wait for Him.
Since the Lord is omniscient (all-knowing), He knows all about us and works in every aspect of our lives to accomplish His will and conform us to the likeness of His Son. All through our life, He is committed to remove anything that hinders His good purposes, plus adding what truly blesses us, and guiding us through every situation. What a Friend we have in Jesus!
Why should we wait for God’s timing?
To receive the best He has to offer, we must wait patiently while He acts in our behalf:
******He readies the circumstances to fit His will. When we walk in the Lord’s will, He works powerfully in situations and in people’s lives to bring about the right conditions at the right time so His plans can be fulfilled. Our willingness to wait reveals just how much we value what He wants to give us. Impatience simply reveals that what we really want is to have our own way.
******He wants to purify our motives. When God does not grant our requests, we should examine ourselves to see whether we’re asking for selfish reasons (1 Cor.11:31), or out of envy, or without considering whether other people might be hurt. The Lord’s desire is for the motivations of our hearts to flow from a Christ-like character, heart and mind (Phil.2:5).
******He wants to protect us from making mistakes. When the Lord sees us headed in the wrong direction, He very often intervenes by putting obstacles in our way. He loves us far too much to let us head onto a path of destruction.
*****He wants to make a great impact on our lives. When God withholds an answer to prayer, He is NOT being unkind . . . He is in reality demonstrating pure love by doing what is best for us. His ultimate goal is to transform each one of us into the best person we can possibly be.
When confronted with delays, we have three choices.
Every time God requires us to wait, we can respond in the following ways:
*****Manipulate the situation. We’re often tempted to maneuver around obstacles until we get our way. The problem is that our manipulations place us outside of God’s will, and we eventually have to live with the negative consequences that follow.
*****Quit praying. When the Lord doesn’t answer our requests, we can simply give up and never pray about it again. However, some of the best things in life require the longest waiting period.
*****Wait and watch God work in our behalf. After making our requests, we could choose to trust the Lord, let Him accomplish His will in His own time, and watch Him work it all out.
What requirements are needed by us, as we WAIT on God?
Our generation is constantly on the move. Many of us do not take time to sit quietly with the Lord, asking Him to speak to our hearts. I feel sure that this is one of the main reasons why many people experience trouble and pain . . . they have NOT listened to God. Waiting on the Lord needs not only our time, but the following things as well:
*****Trust. God’s best only comes in His way and His time. We won’t always understand or appreciate what He’s doing, but we must trust Him and obey His directions.
*****Humility. Waiting upon the Lord also requires a humble spirit that acknowledges that His way is better than ours.
*****Patience. God is not an errand boy who follows our instructions. On the contrary, we’re the ones who must wait for Him to provide exactly what He’s planned at just the right moment. Although the wait may be long, His best is always worth the delay.
***** Courage. Waiting on the Lord requires the fortitude to resist three temptations:
• The temptation to follow our schedule. We must keep our minds focused on what God desires, not on what we want.
• The temptation to yield to the pressure of others. People may be quick to offer advice, but
we must follow God’s will, not theirs.
• The temptation to be afraid. We may wonder whether the Lord’s way could work for us. There is no reason to fear because He protects and defends His children when they walk in His will.
What if we fail to wait for God’s timing?
When we insist on going our own way, we can experience the following consequences:
***** We step out of the will of God. Altering or
adjusting the Lord’s clear directions is an act of rebellion and will result in His loving discipline.
*****We delay His blessings. When we go our own way, God doesn’t bless our disobedience.
*****We bring pain and suffering upon ourselves. Trying to adjust the Lord’s plan by stepping ahead or doing what we deem reasonable never improves the situation, but instead, causes more problems.
*****We experience confusion. When we don’t follow God’s will, we wonder what’s happening in our lives.
*****We cause other people to suffer. A decision to sidestep the Lord’s way affects others because they share in the consequences of our disobedience.
*****We subject ourselves to financial difficulties. If we don’t wait for the Lord to provide in His way and time, we may make unwise decisions we can’t afford.
What can we expect as we wait for God’s timing?
When we wait upon the Lord, believing His way is best, He’ll fulfill these promises in our lives:
*****God will show His goodness to us (Lam. 3:25-26).
*****He will answer our prayers (Ps. 40:1-3).
*****We’ll see the fulfillment of our faith when we obey Him (Isa. 49:23).
*****He will help us conquer our struggles (Ps. 37:9, 34).
*****We’ll experience God’s peace if we walk in His will (Phil. 4:4-7).
*****Can you see ways that the Lord has worked on your behalf when you’ve waited on Him? What did He do? How was your character shaped in the process?
*****Think about a time you jumped ahead of God. What motivated you? What consequences did you face? What did you learn from the experience?
*****What can you do to increase your trust in the Lord and His timing in your life?
A TRUE Christian Waits Patiently
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Failure to Wait Brings God's Wrath
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How To Wait on God
Knowing God's Will Scriptures
Makes Us More Like Christ
Other Nnames For Sin
Purpose of God Scriptures
Reasons God Makes Us Wait
Reasons to Wait
Scriptures On God's Timing
Seven Examples of Waiting
Seven Ways to Wait
Shunning Sin Is Wise
Sins of Omission
Understanding Given to Seekers By God
Wait on God
Waiting on God
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Ways to Renew Your Strength
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