Are You Waiting?

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Are you waiting?

Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

Zacharias prayed for a child for many years.

Did he give up praying for this child long ago? 

Did he keep praying?
I wonder if his faith wavered.
The Lord spoke: “Don’t be afraid. I heard your prayer.”

God answered that prayer. 

It was in God’s own timing though. He granted Zacharias a son named John.

God knew the exact time he wanted John to arrive on the scene. 

The name John means “Jehovah is a gracious giver.”

John preached a gospel of repentance from sin. True to his name, he shared with a nation of people that God is a gracious giver. He grants forgiveness to those who seek it.
He had to come at that specific time. To those specific people. Not before. Not after.
Zacharias was not waiting in vain.

The Christian life is one of waiting. 

What are you waiting for?

Don’t be afraid.

Your prayer is heard.

Luke 1:20 “But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

The prayer would be fulfilled; just not yet. 

Therefore God chose to make him unable to speak until that time. Why was that?

Zacharias immediately responded by presenting the impossibility of the situation. 
I do it all the time. I look at the outward circumstances and doubt floods in. 

Sometimes it’s best for us to just be quiet. 

Our doubt can cause others to doubt. 

Discouragement is contagious. 

Gabriel came from heaven and spoke to Zacharias. He told him straight up what was going to take place. He was a messenger of God. Yet Zacharias still questioned. And hey, I’m not down on Zacharias because I know I would’ve done the same thing. You know what else I would’ve done? I would’ve demanded all of the details. 

I want to know when. 

I want to know how. 

And no matter how many details He gave I would’ve wanted more. That’s just me.
Zacharias seemed to say, “Don’t you see how old I am?” 

He was calculating without God.

Age is not a dynamic that has any bearing on God’s plan.

Time is not a factor of any relevance. God is not under our time constraints.

The doctor’s prognosis has no merit. God defies doctors every day. 

If you are waiting for a prayer to be answered, 

God is still working on it. 

Don’t give up. 

Your prayer is heard. 

God will answer.

It will be at just the right time. Not one day early. Not one day late. 

God is always right on time. 

Don’t look at the impossibility of it happening. 

The surrounding circumstances are irrelevant to God. 

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

~She Rises -Renee Bollas -March 12



He Hears Our Cries…

 
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Do you remember that feeling?

The first time you felt your baby move inside you.

How about towards the end of your pregnancy?

That indescribable love.

You knew with all your heart you would fiercely protect this baby. You would shelter him from anything that would hurt him. You just couldn’t wait to hold him. And then when he was born, you brought him home. Scarcely could you sleep, listening for his cry. Any whimper and you were on it. You didn’t miss a beat. You even awoke when he wasn’t crying, just in case. Sneaking in his room to get a peek at him while he was sleeping was delightful. 

He was yours.

This baby needed you. 

And you were there for him. 

In the same way, this is how we can depend on our God.

Psalm 69:16-17 Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies. And do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.

 

He hears our cries for help. Not only does He hear, He comes running. Many times, I wouldn’t let my children see me right away when I heard them crying. That didn’t mean I didn’t love them. Nor did it mean I didn’t care about them. I was teaching them to grow. To problem solve. I didn’t intervene right away. My intervention may stunt their growth. Sometimes we can’t see God. We may wonder if He is there? Just like a good Daddy, He is right there. He hears when we call. He doesn’t always jump right in, but He stands by ready. He is growing our faith. Teaching us to trust Him. 

 

He can be trusted. 

 

He is a good Daddy that can be counted on. Everything in our lives may be uncertain; He is certain. He is faithful. Not allowing anything to touch us that hasn’t been filtered through His loving hands. He cherishes you. His love for you cannot be measured. It doesn’t have to be earned. He loves you just because you’re you. He loves you even when you’re unlovable. His love never fails. 

He sees you. He hears you. He is there for you.

You are His. He is yours.

 


Presence is Power…

 

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Yeah, it’s dark, but this girl is singing. 
She isn’t flying away. She isn’t hiding.

Nope. 

She’s facing the day with a song.

God wants our hearts to sing. Even in the face of uncertainty. Great difficulty. And overwhelming challenges.

Where can we get that song? Only one place, coming face to face with our Lord.

 

Psalm 67:1 God be merciful to us and bless us,

And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah

That Your way may be known on earth,

Your salvation among all nations.

 

The Presence of God brings the power of God.

Power to wait. Power to go. Power to stay. Power to endure. Power to trust.

We can go from sinking to swimming in a matter of moments. His Presence brings that reassurance. He is with us. He is for us. He is our Life Guard. He is on guard. He guards our lives. Our jobs. Our families. Not us.

He is brighter than our darkest day.

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Sometimes we just become overwhelmed by all that’s before us, we forget who has gone before us. 

He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

His Presence brings that to light.

But getting into His Presence proves difficult.

Push everything aside. But not that. Get alone with Him.

When we pray, we don’t always come away with an answer, but we do come away with His peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Presence brings peace that transcends understanding. It just can’t be explained. Try Him on it.

And then do the “thanksgiving” part. The giving of thanks always guards our hearts from ungratefulness.

My heart needs to be guarded. How about yours?

If anxiety is getting the best of you, sit down and praise God for ten things He has saved you from, healed you of, or helped you with in the past. Write it down.

Here’s mine:

  1. Jesus saved me from my panic attacks when I couldn’t even leave the house. Haven’t had one in over 15 years. 
  2. Jesus helped me quit smoking.
  3. Jesus helped my son talk.
  4. Jesus helped me pay my bills when I was single and broke.
  5. Jesus was a father to me all these years when I had no earthly one.
  6. Jesus never left me, even when I left Him.
  7. Jesus brought me such a loving husband.
  8. Jesus got me out of a really bad situation when I worked.
  9. Jesus opened my eyes to see His word as truth.
  10. Jesus saved me from myself destruction many years ago.

 

Wow! Is your heart as happy as mine?



 

 

 

 

 

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