When We’re Out of Control (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 68)
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
No one likes to wait. But have you ever wondered why waiting is necessary? When our plans don’t go as we would like, it’s a reminder that we are not always in control. Someone or something else is orchestrating what happens in our lives. We may not always be able to pinpoint who it is or what it is, but we can be assured that God delays us sometimes to show us His power and might in our lives.
When we are not in control and when things are being held up, we are not waiting for the sake of waiting, we are waiting for God to move. Waiting on God does not only apply to pray and asking for Him to help us make certain decisions. It also applies to delays in our lives. Backed-up traffic and long waits at the hospital and busy grocery stores are all evidences that God controls the our steps. Our frustrations are His teaching moments of faith.
God can see what we don’t see. When we learn to patiently wait on Him, we experience the blessings that come with surrender. We learn to wholeheartedly trust Him in everything and do what He tells us without question. Every delay has a lesson underneath it. The more we wait, the more we draw close to God, the more we learn what He wants us to learn. God teaches us obedience and how to rest in His promises when He orders our steps.
God is never surprised at the delays that we encounter in life. He knows they are coming, and sometimes He puts them there. Patience yields fruits of righteousness and humility and increases our faith in God. God wants us to trust Him, love Him, and walk with Him throughout life far more than He wants our schedules to run according to the ways we plan. You will find that if you surrender to God and learn the lessons He wants to teach you, your life will run smoother and better than you ever imagined.
“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”
— George Louis Leclerc de Buffon