3 Reasons God Might Make You Wait

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I hope this takes a little longer?” Never. As Americans, we don’t like to wait for anything. If we can’t google it, download an app for it, or get it within 5 minutes we find ourselves at a loss.

Waiting on God can seem even more difficult. We long for him to show up in our lives in the way we want. Maybe it’s healing for a sick family member, a new job, or relief from constant pain and stress. God may be answering your prayer, just not in the way you’d like. He might be saying one of the following things:

Not now
Since we get so many things in life instantly, it’s becoming more difficult to understand God’s timing. His plans certainly aren’t our plans. Waiting does seem to develop perseverance though which should lead to increased reliance on Him.  Waiting for God is not a new concept. David understood this when he penned Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” If things in your life are not working out today in the way you’d like, be strong and take heart. God may just be saying not now.
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Not yet
If you order a brand new couch or appliance from the store you normally can’t just walk out of the store with it in most cases. After you order it, you enter the valley of waiting for that purchase you just had to have. While God certainly can and does answer some prayers immediately, I’ve found he often gives us an answer of, not yet. We may not be ready, or God may be orchestrating other events or people. (2 Peter 3:8-9) I’ve only come to better understand this in the past few years as I’ve had the benefit of life experience and age.
 
Not at all
An answer of not at all may mean that God has something better for us. Our perceived loss, might be an eternal gain. We can miss the fact that God sees the total picture, we don’t. While it can be extremely frustrating, I would remind you that God’s plan is the best plan. He may be protecting you from you, or from something else entirely. Paul asked God 3 different times to take away his “thorn in the flesh”. Instead, God responded with “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)
 
God is never late, He’s never early, but always on time, His time.
Here’s a couple things to do while you “wait”:
Pray for discernment, wisdom, and patience.
Read what God did in the lives of other people he made wait. The life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), David (1 Samuel 16-31) or Paul (2 Corinthians 12)
Look for how God might be working in the midst of your time of waiting.

The next right thing.

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

You’ll often hear people say, “God has a plan for your life”. While I certainly believe that’s true, I find that I don’t often live like this. I think God has a plan for my life later, when I grow up. (if I ever grow up)

However, I believe that God not only has a plan for your distant future but also for your immediate future. Many times I have students who ask me how they discern what God’s will is for their lives? My suggestion is this… Following God today, will help you figure out what you should do tomorrow.

Jesus said we really could only handle one day at a time anyways (Matthew 6:34).

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Let me encourage you to pay attention to what God may be leading you to do today. The only way you’ll be able to figure this out is by spending time with Him and in His Word.  (Go here for more on this)

Here’s one to get you started…

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

God’s will for you today might include the following:

How can I show love to Him and others today?

What could I do to help create joy in someone’s life?

Is there an area I could help make peace?

Do I need to demonstrate more patience?

How do I show more kindness to my kids?

Are there areas of my life that don’t produce goodness?

Am I faithful to God, my spouse, my friends?

Would I be described as gentle in spirit?

Do I have self-control?

So what’s the next right thing listed above you need to work on in your life? I would suggest that whatever it is may be part of God’s will for your life today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust Me

Written by Seth Baker on . Posted in WBC Blog

One of my absolute favorite truths to teach kids in the Elementary room is that, ‘I Can Trust God No Matter What’. When you believe in Jesus, it doesn’t matter what situation or circumstance you are in, Jesus is bigger than it and will be faithful to pull you through it. 

There’s a passage that I’ve thought about a lot lately in Isaiah 46:9-10. ‘I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.’ God makes known the end from the beginning! We don’t always know that end, or what it’s going to exactly look like, but He sees it and is with you leading you towards it. In this same chapter, God promises His people (who happen to be incredibly steeped in idolatry and rebellion at this time!) that, ‘I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you’ -Isaiah 46:4. What incredible promises we have to hold to, knowing that as followers of Jesus we have been purchased as God’s people!

I feel like I’m in a season of life where about the only consistent thing I hear from the Lord is to ‘trust’, ‘wait’, ‘be patient’, ‘just trust Me’ (notice trust is in there twice!). Through all of this, there has been a particular Bible story that has seemed to me to be more significant than most. This is the story of God parting the Red Sea in Exodus 13:17-14:31 (Read it!). Now it just so happens that this is the story we get to talk about regarding ‘Courage’ in the Elementary this Sunday and one that has incredibly encouraged me as this week has gone on. Allow me to dissect it a bit!byfaithsethblogpic

God has just showed His awesomely mighty power and strength over the Egyptians to deliver His people Israel out of slavery. This was done through the 10 plagues that devastated the land and ultimately claimed the life of every firstborn son in all the families of Egypt (don’t mess around with God…). God’s presence is now gloriously leading His people out of Egypt by His presence in a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. At this point God makes known to Moses an interesting development to the plans. He pretty much tells Moses that He (God) is going to lead them to a place where Israel is going to be cornered and Pharaoh is going to seize that opportunity to attempt to destroy them (Exodus 14:1-4). Through this though, God promises that He is going to gain glory for Himself (Notice ‘making known the end from the beginning?’). This is exactly what happens!

In verse 10, it shows that when Israel sees Pharaoh coming after them that they are terrified. In fact they take out their anger on Moses saying that they would have rather stayed in Egypt then get killed in the desert (not dessert… had to catch myself there). Moses responds with this incredible command, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today… The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ Just soak on that for a minute… it only gets more beautiful. I can just imagine Moses making this amazing proclamation, promptly distancing himself from the group, and falling on his face crying out to the LORD in fear and uncertainty (let’s be real… that’s exactly what I would do!). I say this because the next verse, ‘The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”’ God’s presence then moves behind them to stand between Israel and Pharaoh’s army in protection. God instructs Moses to raise his staff, the Red Sea parts (really… the whole sea… split in two), the Israelites go across on dry ground, the Egyptians attempt to pursue them but get swallowed up and washed away! It was Israel’s darkest hour, and the LORD delivered them. Through all of the fear, uncertainty and struggle, this testament of God’s faithfulness became a song of praise and an anchor of hope for the people of Israel (just notice how many times it’s mentioned throughout the Psalms).

Now if you’re still with me in this post (I know it’s long!) it’s probably because something inside of you resonates with such a need for deliverance. You might have even asked yourself at the beginning, ‘Can I really trust God no matter what?’ Now, there is no greater deliverance than what Jesus has done to save our souls! However, I know there are a lot of people struggling with a lot of darkness of various kinds right now. You might not be able to see the end of it, but God has known the end of what you are walking through since its beginning; you need only to trust in Him. I think that perhaps my favorite part of this story is that even though the Israelites (and I personally believe Moses too) were terrified and floundered in this moment, they still received a special place of honor in Hebrew’s Hall of Faith. ‘By faith the people (Israel) passed through the Red Sea as on dry land’ -Hebrews 11:29. Sometimes we don’t bring a very pretty showing as we struggle to trust in God through our circumstances, but hold on to hope! Persevere and there will be a moment that you can look back on where God will say, “Look at what I did! By faith you walked through that!”. Know that in every moment you can look to God as He who will sustain you; the One who will carry you. God is gaining glory for Himself through what you walk through. Run to Him, and eagerly await for the waters to part. I believe it’s going to happen!

-Seth Baker, kid’s ministry director

 

HOPE

Written by Jon McDugle on . Posted in WBC Blog

“Nothing in a caterpillar hints of the butterfly to come.”

HOPEblogpicOne day this summer as I was biking along a country road I encountered what felt like 101 white butterflies.  They seemed to be as happy as a butterfly could be on a gorgeous summer day as they danced through the air!  That moment causes me to celebrate our future as followers of Jesus Christ.  Today we’re in the process of being transformed to be like HIM!

This year we’ve been on a journey to rediscover what it looks like to love like Christ.  At times throughout the journey its been deflating to admit how far I still have to go.  But God’s desire is that we live with the hope of knowing that HE is at work changing us little by little!

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3.18)

One day we will love like HIM!

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