Wait actively.

I mentioned last week that I’m reading the Old Testament. I’m now in Numbers, but behind on posting so today I’m sharing from Exodus.

In the story of the Passover from Exodus 12, the Israelites were given instructions from God through Moses and Aaron. Following the instructions for eating the Passover, they were also instructed what to wear. Exodus 12:11 says ‘eat with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand’.

It’s so easy to breeze by that verse and not think much of it, but to me it demonstrates faith. They were preparing themselves for the day that God would lead them out of Egypt.

Preparing ourselves for the fulfillment of God’s promises, however unlikely they may seem, demonstrates our faith. 

This is the same faith Abraham had in Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Do you feel like Abraham? You are obeying the Lord and following him, but you don’t know where you are going. Or what about the Israelites, who were dressed and ready to go, but had to wait before leaving for the promised land. We can trust that when we pray according to God’s word, He will answer. But, there is always a time of waiting that comes before the answer.

What does your waiting look like? Are you waiting actively like the Israelites did? They were dressed and ready to go.

For us, while waiting for our babies, we are getting the house ready; cleaning out the nursery, making room in the garage for strollers, getting rid of unnecessary stuff to make room for baby stuff, saving money, discussing baby names, saving up vacation days at work, etc, etc.

What can you do while you are waiting on a promise of God? If it’s a husband, maybe you can spend time studying God’s word, get rid of your debt, and start saving for wedding and living expenses. The list goes on and on.

What path are you on? What are you waiting for? Wait actively. Wait with faith.

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  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:48h, 31 January Reply

    How neat-I am doing the One Year Bible and this was the passage today! What an amazing lesson to be learned! I love the act of faith you and Colby are doing as you wait on the Lord to move. Yesterday I was listening to Bethany Dillion “To Those Who Wait”…He is good to those who wait!!

  • Katie
    Posted at 09:18h, 31 January Reply

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 11:06h, 31 January Reply

    Caroline, I agree wholeheartedly! I wrote about this in my book, “A Seed of Hope: God’s Promises of Fertility.” I called the tips (similar to yours), “Confidence in Action.” It’s important that we demonstrate our confidence in the promises of God! Thanks for encouraging us to wait actively in ALL areas of our lives.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 14:53h, 31 January Reply

    Perfect post for today(: thanks Caroline I can always count on ur post to help me keep my peace.

  • Amy
    Posted at 18:32h, 31 January Reply

    Love it. It is so hard to jump with both feet in during this journey, because you don’t want to feel the disappointment if a path doesn’t turn out the way you hope. I love your faith and that you aren’t just sitting back!

  • Kailey
    Posted at 22:56h, 31 January Reply

    YEEEEEESSSSSS!!!! I LOVE this! This is what I am trying to live out right now. I am believing in a faithful God by actively waiting! Yay! :))))

  • Jen Pogue
    Posted at 11:15h, 01 February Reply

    I’m so thankful that you visited my blog yesterday so I could find yours! Your post spoke directly to my heart. There are a few things that I’m praying about constantly and I’m struggling with the wait. You reminded me that there are things I can be doing now to prepare. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 13:05h, 01 February Reply

    Great message. Thanks for sharing friend!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 13:17h, 01 February Reply

    Waiting on the Lord is definitely key! We should be waiting – no matter what His purpose in our lives is. 🙂 Thanks for linking this up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop. If you’d ever like to cohost that blog hop feel free to email me at susannah.kellogg at gmail.com

  • Chantel
    Posted at 15:03h, 02 February Reply

    Wow, amen. This is so perfect for me. We’ve been in the adoption process for two and a half years and are hoping for our referral soon so we can travel down to South Africa to pick up our child and to be honest, the waiting has been hard. Thankfully we’ve tried to stay as active as possible, between finding different ways to raise the funds for our own adoption to helping others raise money for theirs. Thanks for this post, it’s perfect for where I’m at right now.

  • katie
    Posted at 09:38h, 05 February Reply

    Great post, Caroline. Very challenging to me! I will have to sit on this one for a while and let it stew…

  • Jayda
    Posted at 19:11h, 14 February Reply

    I love this post, girl! I would have been one of the people who just breezed past that verse, but you’re so right, the intentional waiting is so important. It reminds me of a verse in Romans; “when you’re waiting for something that you do not yet have, wait patiently and confidently.” I’m the worst at waiting in any situation, so I definitely needed this!

  • Joanne Viola
    Posted at 18:12h, 15 February Reply

    I was so glad to have read this post as my word for this year is “Faith”. I loved “preparing ourselves for the promises of God demonstrates our faith”. Beautiful. So glad that I stopped here! Blessings!

  • Farin Vazquez
    Posted at 16:31h, 15 May Reply

    I love these little bible excerpts and applications you put up! I always struggled with the ‘why pray if he know what I want’ mentality when I was a child and didn’t understand. But it is so true, he wants us to actively pursue Him, and his promises.

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