There are seasons in our lives where we learn to Trust in God while waiting on Him for some direction, answers, or when we are experiencing great troubles.
In reading the book of Isaiah, scriptures state that those who wait on God, will become strengthened and we will be given His ability to bear up in times of uncertainty, doubt, and/or during trials where we often wonder, questioning ourselves and God in them.
“Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Sometimes, when God does not answer our prayers, or when we are facing difficulties, it is not in His timing, or we are not ready or at a place to receive, or He is saying ‘No’ to our request.
Often when having to endure the suffering that comes as a natural response to life, these times gives us opportunity in learning to dig into God as our source, depending and relying on the Spirit of Christ to be in us our strength, when ours is not.
Knowing scriptures gives us an assurance that our Father God is working behind the scenes in each moment in our pilgrimage upon this earth and that it is He who sees the entire picture with all the players as His plan and intentions go forth in our lives and in the lives of those we are interceding on behalf of.
Part of the piece of knowing our Father, is in having scriptures in our hearts, for when we know His Word, we can rely on the promises written in them and hold fast during these seasons of not having direction, or when walking in the unseen realm called faith.
Many times in our journey, we will never have answers to the numerous predicaments we encounter, for who can understand the mysteries of God?
So we have to come to the place where our trust in Him is not dependent on having answers, but is simply lived in the knowledge that is it He, who has the best plans in store for those whose heart desires Him.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Developing spiritual character is spurred through trust and belief in God’s grace to help.
Remaining Faithful to Him during the waiting times, regardless of our circumstances, builds our spiritual character as The Christ Spirit continues to do the transforming work necessary within our human hearts.
We also learn about walking in these times of not knowing, maturing and growing in our ability to Trust in His good will for our lives, recognizing our own weaknesses, our own inability, our own failures, where His Spirit of empowerment is infused in us, giving us His ability to weather any circumstance or situation.
We do nothing of our own in this journey as spiritual beings, for it is His Power who works in us, manifesting the fullness of the life granted to us in being new creations in Christ, in and by His ability.
Our Trust grows through these times of waiting and as we look back through our journey remembering the mountains He has moved in our lives, and the valleys we have walked in, remembering it was His Grace that helped us during these moments, gives us a certainty in His power to help us in all our moments we are gifted this precious life.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Our faith is lived in the unseen supernatural ability His Spirit gives to us when we are abiding in Him, regardless of what we are presently experiencing.
Truth in scriptures reveal Insight, providing us strength for our now.
Along with our own historical remembrances of God’s activity in our lives, Scriptures become a source of encouragement and strength during seasons of walking in this unseen realm called faith.
This is the reason we read and meditate on the Word of God, for in knowing His word, we can remember what great acts He has done in the lives of faithful men and woman and we can rely in this same power God showed forth in those days and times in our present journey, for He is the same God who is at work today in The Christ Spirit.
“Jesus Christ is the same God today.” Hebrews 13:8
The factual testimonies of God’s ability to show forth His faithfulness and His power to those who lived in the days scriptures were written, become a source for the substance of our faith in Him for our today.
We can place our belief that this same God will bring to fruition all that He desires to accomplish in and through us in our present life by this same power. Scriptures help in building us up in our own faith in believing all things are possible when walking in our Father’s supernatural realm.
Scriptures are written to benefit our spiritual walk.
The Israelites often set up altars, not for sacrifice, but to mark and remember important events, times when they saw and remembered God’s faithfulness to them. A particular example of this being in Joshua chapter 4; after God has parted the river Jordan for the Israelites to cross it, together they built an altar of 12 stones, one for each tribe.
“[Joshua] said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. … He did this so that all the people’s the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” Joshua 4:21-24
Practicing disciplined habits of spirituality grounds us in the ways of God.
Along with knowing scriptures, reflecting and remembering those accomplishments He has done in our past and writing these down helps aid us in continuing to walk with Him, during the tough times, during any season or circumstance we find ourselves in.
In writing down these monuments as a tribute in testifying how God has shown Himself faithful in our experiences in those moments when troubles entered our lives and we could do nothing to avoid them, gives us a strength in believing this same God is in our present season of troubles, providing His same ability in us, assisting us to persevere.
“I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” (Psalm 77:11)
During each season of difficulty in our lives, during the times of waiting on Him, as we draw nearer to Him, it is He who promises to draw us nearer into Him; “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8
Our Father has promised to provide the Christ Spirit of Grace in the moment, as He sifts through our fleshly layers of habits changing us more and more into His likeness in our inner character, as we learn to surrender deeper, of our own self ways, exchanging them for Holy Spirit ways.
As we develop spiritual habits in living a disciplined life in Faith, we learn this process is a life-long journey in becoming more like Christ, who is our true model and in whose anointing we become the authentic men and woman who have been birthed into this new way of being from our Father God’s love and desire!
We learn this Faith journey is not about us at all, as we recognize it is All about Christ living in and through us to bring Glory to our Father in Heaven.
Our highest calling while walking upon this earth as humans carrying the divine nature of Christ is to be in this holy union with the trinity of love found in our Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s fellowship.
It is abiding in this holy union where our intimate communion with them inspires us to become all of whom our Father desires of us to become, radical God Hearts manifesting His love to all we meet along life’s road.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister to the Body of Christ