For The Love of Siam

Waiting on God Purposefully

It has been a while since we published a blog, however our busy work load and schedules mean that writing for a blog has taken a back seat.

Slide1The last few months have been difficult, since we have been working through issues in our personal and working lives.  Things that have made us totally depend on God and require us to wait on Him.  Waiting is an inescapable fact of life.  It is not about if we will have to wait for something, it’s about when we will have to wait, and crucially how we wait.

The thing about waiting is that, no matter how tough it can be, it helps us to understand that God is sovereign.  Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

When the trials come, we often want to step or jump right over them, shut our eyes or pretend they are not there.  However through these trials God has been preparing our hearts and giving us the ability to grow in faith.  God’s picture for our lives is way bigger than what we can imagine.  Obviously when we are in the period of waiting we often forget this, when we are rocked to the core, we know that God can and will come through, but you are left with the wondering of when.

There are two ways you can wait. You can wait actively or passively – active waiting is best.  It does not really matter what you’re waiting for; Joyce Meyer says it well, “Enjoy where you are, on the way to where you’re going”. In other words – wait well.

Whenever we are going on a particularly long trip somewhere, we always have something to read or some music to make the journey more enjoyable.  It may sound simplistic, but that’s exactly what we need to do while we are waiting on God.  Having a parallel project doesn’t make the waiting always enjoyable all the time, but does make it easier.  We are trying to have thankful hearts, drawing closer to God while waiting, resisting being passive.  It has been wonderful to find ways to add value to someone else’s life, by serving and helping them to reach their goals.

We understand that waiting is a godly act.  The enemy would rather we forfeit the wait in favour of a counterfeit lesser option; he doesn’t want us to access the power and strength that are developed within us when we wait.  We both love the scripture, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint’’ – Isaiah 40:31

In the waiting, it puts us right into God’s hands and at the centre of His will for our lives.

“God grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in our weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

We would appreciate if you would keep us in your prayers.  We have received emails from some of you, and they are greatly appreciated.  We don’t always get the opportunity to reply to them all, but please know they are valued.

Thank you for your continued support & prayers.

We would appreciate prayers for:

  • Sarah’s Mum health
  • Both of us to continue to grow in faith for God’s provision
  • God guidance on work & life matters
  • Sarah’s health

 

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5 responses

  1. unlimited247 wright3

    It is great to hear from you both. Remember you are both in God’s hand. Blessings in the waiting Rev Jenny and family x

    Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the EE network.

    09/11/2015 at 6:38 am

  2. Michael Clute

    Thanks for this insightful and helpful article. God bless. Pastor Mike from the Philippines.

    Have been living here for 2 years now. o-M

    09/11/2015 at 2:02 pm

  3. Helen

    Dear Paul and Sarah,

    I send you my love as you live through this hard time. Life is certainly a mystery, even as we walk it in God’s presence and love.

    I will be praying for you, and will ask for prayer for you both from the prayer team at Bromley Baptist.

    I commit you to the faithful and steadfast love of our Saviour Jesus.

    Sending a hug for you both, Helen and Steve Davis xxxx

    10/11/2015 at 2:53 am

  4. May the God of love give you insight for the future, and may you know how wide his love is, when you maybe feel outside that love, the length of God’s Love, when you cannot see your hand in front of your face, the height of his love, living in his power not your strength, and the depth of His love, no matter how low you feel, his love underneath undergirding.

    13/11/2015 at 5:08 pm

  5. Alan

    Hi Paul and Sarah,

    Never lose heart, if God is for us who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)

    Many of the Old Testament histories record reigns of ungodly Kings in Judah and Israel, so it is uplfting to to read about Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles ch17 to ch 20). It illustrates a godly king “bucking the trend ” and because of his actions,faith and worship God duly blessed him, even his nation’s enemies bestowed gifts. Later when he faced a massive invading army he handed his fears and worries to the Lord in prayer and we should not be surprised that God delivered him victory. You are Godly people,God’s children. Our God is the same now as the God who delivered victory in battle to Jehoshaphat without his own troops even having to fight!.When everything seems insurmountable give it to the Lord in prayer in certain knowledge He will answer those prayers.

    Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever (2 Chron 20:21)

    Another point entirely can be drawn from reflecting on Moses’ forty years in the wilderness. When Joshua eventually crossed the Jordan to occupy the promised land he had to fight many battles. He and his army needed resolve and faith which had apparently been lacking in their parents generation who had shown little strength of character. As i reflect on this I get that everything is in God’s time and he will not put you into conflict situations you are not yet equipped to win.God is outside time, we are not unfortunately so we often have to wait for results.

    Bless you in your work and thank you for changing lives.

    Alan

    11/12/2015 at 9:47 pm

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