How do you endure in a season of waiting?
April 10 - April 14, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | Waiting Well Week 2
CHRIST IS RISEN!
What a great blessing it is to know Jesus personally, to have the gift of being able to rely on Him. I hope you all took a moment over this weekend to reflect on what Jesus did for us.
Saying that He died for us is so foundational to our faith that it becomes easy to gloss over what it meant for Him. We say it all the time. We pray it all the time. But do we ever meditate on it? Do we ever ponder what it did to Him? What it did to God?
I was re-reading Isaiah 53 for the umpteenth time this week, and I am never NOT struck speechless at understanding that it was our Father-God’s “good plan” to crush His only Son for our sakes. That by sacrificing the best Man who has ever lived, who had done no wrong and who deserved the greatest glory and praise, God made a way for His enemies to join His family.
And then, after the most brutal of deaths imaginable, Jesus walked out of His grave. Golly, I hope that’s on video somewhere.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus endured the horror of the cross because He could look ahead and see us. He endured for the joy that was waiting for Him on the other side of death and pain.
When you think about what Jesus had to endure, it makes what we are living through seem a little less dramatic, right? Granted, none of us are being crucified. But some days what we’re waiting for can grind us down and sap our strength and steal our courage.
Jesus could endure because He could SEE the future. He could SEE us. So how do we do that? Can we do that? When we’re faced with a season of waiting that requires us to let go of our dreams? When we have to walk through a valley full of shadows and fear? When we have to keep going when all we really feel like doing is giving up?
This week, we’re going to talk about how we endure in a season of waiting. We all have to do it at some point in our lives. But just because we have to wait doesn’t mean God isn’t in the mess with us.
April 10 - Remind yourself that it won’t last forever
April 11 - Remember that God is always working
April 12 - Ask someone else to help you remember
April 13 - Write down times God has come through
April 14 - Jesus is waiting with you
Nobody said waiting is easy. And if you’re an impatient person or someone who likes to be in control, waiting is even more of a challenge. But that’s why waiting is important. We don’t know the big picture. We don’t see how all the pieces fit. But God does, and we can trust that everything He’s doing is good—because He is good.
And the truth is, well, if He’s doing something in your life, He’ll finish it. That’s a promise. And that’s why this week’s memory verse is Philippians 1:6.
Part of enduring through seasons of waiting means not giving up on what God started. It’s tempting to walk away from what God has called you to do in your life, especially when life gets hard and you feel unequal to the task. But it’s important to remember that when God is the One who starts something, He is the One who will finish it. That’s His responsibility.
What God has started, He will finish.
Love you all.
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