In The Waiting
Endure = Character = Hope
Have you ever been in a situation where all you can do is wait? Like say your car breaks down. You call AAA or something like that, and you wait. Or maybe you’ve been a part of one of those awesome phone calls when your internet isn’t working like it’s supposed to. They are incredibly generous with their time and will try to keep you on hold as long as possible. Most of us in the modern world hate waiting. Waiting almost has a negative connotation to it. People say stuff like, “Sorry to keep you waiting” all the time, yet waiting can be a great thing.
Sometimes in the waiting we are able to take a step back and breathe. Many of us are so busy not waiting, that we never take a second to slow down. I know from personal experience that being in a “waiting” season can be difficult, but also very rewarding. Sometime we are looking for answers that aren’t coming when we would’ve liked them. Or maybe we’re waiting for doors to open that we feel should’ve already been opened. It’s here, in the waiting, that something great happens.
Let’s read this amazing passage out of Romans 5:3-5
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
This verse right here has helped me keep my head above water during seasons where it felt like I was drowning. When we encounter trials or storms sometimes we just have to wait it out. But in the waiting, our endurance is built. This is a foundational principle that we must have established in us. How can we run the good race if we have no endurance? How can we be overcomers if we have nothing to overcome? The waiting period eventually builds endurance - character - hope. And I love how the verse reads that this hope will not lead to disappointment. We see the love of God in every battle and after every battle.
So don’t discount the waiting season. The bible says that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. Those who wait, those who hope, and those who have been through a trial and have had their endurance built, their character sharpened, and their hope restored will be unstoppable. What can stop someone who’s hope in God can’t be shaken? Cherish the waiting times because it’s in those moments that we can sometimes hear God the clearest.
So take a step back and breathe. Then let your endurance be developed. Let your endurance build your character, and then let your character continue to strengthen your hope in God.
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