Gathering Together

 

Oh, the Rich Rewards of Waiting Your Turn

Enjoying Everyday Life

Joyce Meyer

Post Date: 12-18-11

 

Remembering where you came from makes you thankful.

In our early days of ministry on the road, Dave and I used to sleep in our car in fast-food parking lots because we didn’t have enough money to stay at hotels. I shopped for my kids’ clothes at garage sales.

At the time, I was worried and frustrated half the time because we just didn’t know where the money was going to come from to pay our bills. But God always provided for our needs. Now I understand He was taking us through a process of gradual growth. At first it seemed like nothing was going right for us. But there was a lot of spiritual growth happening under the surface.

Are you tired of going through the process of gradual growth? Let me offer you some words of encouragement: Your time is coming.

Hanging On to Hope at Critical Times

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) says, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Some of us need to have a transition in the spirit. We need to show God we’re going to be happy trusting Him, knowing that when the time is right, He’ll come through for us. And in the meantime, we’re going to be content to serve Him in every way we know how.

We can’t despise small beginnings. We can’t allow ourselves to think that we shouldn’t have to go through difficult times to get where we’re going because God is using all of that to help us grow and mature.

It’s only through hard work, praying, waiting on God and doing the right thing for a prolonged period of time that we can be fulfilled and have what God wants us to have―and that’s the fruit of the Spirit, which includes peace and patience.

Waiting On God Is Always the Best Move

When we’re impatient and hasty with God, we can be tempted to look for quick fixes and end up making decisions that always cost us greatly in the end.

Remember the story about the Prodigal Son? He didn’t want to wait for his inheritance, so he asked his father to give it to him early. When he got his inheritance, he squandered it and got himself into a desperate situation (see Luke 15:11-24).

The good news is that his father welcomed him back with open arms. He gave him a brand-new outfit and threw him a homecoming party. But one thing we tend to miss from this story is that the son still lost his inheritance!

You know, when we make mistakes due to a hasty, impatient attitude, God will forgive us. But if we decide to be patient, trusting in God’s timing and His plan, we’ll be in a position to receive so much more.

Receiving the Peace and Joy We Need

During difficult times of waiting, we need to know how to receive from God. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 KJV).

With God’s help, we can have the pleasure of waiting with a good attitude. We can do the right thing repeatedly, whether or not we get the results we want. We can watch God do a work in a marriage that’s tough to stick with. We can trust Him with a child who’s hard to manage. We can have faith in God for things that seem utterly impossible.

God’s grace doesn’t just save us. It allows us to live with peace, power and supernatural patience because no matter how things look on the surface, we know that God is faithfully at work.

Remember the law of gradual growth? All good things take time…but when our blessings finally come, we’ll look back on the hard times with a refreshing attitude of thanksgiving and praise.

For more on this topic, order Joyce’s four-CD series Why Do I Do the Things I Do? You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting www.joycemeyer.org.

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 90 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Living Beyond Your Feelings (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org.

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