24 Jul There is More
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what we are asking the Lord for that we lose focus of everything else the Lord is doing during the wait. The last thing I want is to be so focused on God answering our prayers for babies that I miss everything else He is trying to teach us along the way. I truly believe the Lord is doing so much more in the spiritual realm that we can’t see or understand. It’s not just babies that He is bringing us – there is so much more going on! He is producing faith, patience, perseverance, hope, and character.
“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” – Romans 5:3-5
I love how Romans 5:5 in the Message translation is stated above. There are not enough containers to hold everything God is generously pouring out. A song we sing at church has two lines that say, “There is more than our eyes have seen. There is more than our hearts can dream.” Isn’t that the truth? There is so much more going on that we have no idea about. He is generously pouring into us. He is allowing us to experience His endless love. He is refining us to become more like Him. He is working out 10,000 details, while we are waiting expectantly for Him to answer one.
The Lord is doing so much more in us, through us, and with us than just answering our prayers about babies. Whatever you are waiting for, don’t be so focused on the end result, that you miss the whole purpose of the wait. God never makes us wait just to waste time. He is sovereign over waiting. The longer we wait the more joyful our expectancy is! Make the most of your wait. Trust Jesus. Ask Him what He is trying to teach you. Know that He never delays. Believe that what the Lord does in you while you wait is more important than what you are waiting for.
“If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.The longer we wait for something, the more joyful our expectancy.” – Romans 8:25