Are you waiting on God, Or… is God waiting on you?
We wait for God to move in our lives, we wait and wait and wait. We get impatient and we complain. We pray hard, thank God, then wonder if He has forgotten our prayer or maybe it’s just not His will, so then we believe that prayer won’t get answered. It’s very easy to believe after so long it’s just not His will.
The Bible clearly says God wants to bless you, He’s not holding back on you.
ISAIAH 30:18 (AMP)
Therefore the LORD waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].
But did you ever wonder if maybe, it’s your attitude…?
The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years on a 11 day journey, because they had a bad attitude. They were ungrateful, quick to forget or become bored with the miracles God had continued to provide for them daily. They were stubborn, made idols to worship while Moses was with God, even though they knew and saw Gods wonders everyday. They wished they could go back to bondage, because they were uncomfortable. And the list goes on and on.
God could not take His people into the promised land while they had an attitude like this. They acted childish, immature and certainly not like a people He could count on to keep His commandments and honor Him.
What’s your attitude like? Do you pay more attention to what goes wrong at work, with your spouse, with your kids than the good things happening, are you quick to complain when people do not agree with you, or complain because you dislike your waiter, or the food, when the water in the shower doesn’t heat up fast enough, when your wifi is running slow, when the people in front of you at the store are taking a loooong time to check out?
If you can agree on any one of these things, then I’ll ask a question.
Would you give your son or daughter a new car, if the one you bought them a year ago is filthly all the time, they never change the oil, its banged, scratched and dinged up, and they always say things like “this stupid car/truck, (this or that)” Most likely not. they are showing disrespect for what you gave them and aren’t showing any appreciation for it.
God wants you to have the best of the best, but why promote or move you at a job, if all you do it complain, about the work, the boss, the co-workers. If you can’t be happy, and you can’t find something positive to focus on, it wouldn’t take you long to find fault in your new job or position either.
Have you been praying to move or get a new house but it’s not happening? what are you like in your current house? Do you say “stupid fridge, i hate this washer, i can’t stand this place, oh my gosh i can’t wait to move or get out of here” do you clean your house everyday, thankful that you even have a house to clean? how many times this year have you stopped to truly thank God for clean, dry clothes, or warmth, or cool air, food, or running water?
If you haven’t thanked Him, it shouldn’t take long to understand why you haven’t moved or don’t have a new one yet.
If you do have a great attitude and are praying hard and you are happy where you’re at, or at least try to see the positive and thank God, but are praying and believing that God has something better for you.
Keep believing, having faith and seeking Him, He’ll reveal His will and timing
6. But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
9 Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.
Having a bad attitude, will in fact determine how long you stay wandering, unsatisfied and miserable.
Learn to say “this is hard, but never the less, God works all things out for my good”
20. As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day].
Or just find this the silver lining in everything you feel like complaining about.
say “I want a different job, but thank you Jesus I still have a job and income, while I wait for you to open a new door for me”
“I want to move, but thank you God I have a roof over my head, and somewhere to sleep every night.”
“I don’t like eating the same food everyday, but thank you God I’m not starving and have food to eat today”
Thanking God is a form of praise, it’ll change your attitude and remind you to be thankful for what you have. and remember how much you have compared to those less fortunate, or going through EXTREMELY difficult times.
Never forget the blessing you have in front of you, as the Israelites did.
If you will do this, it will stop the bad attitude , don’t focus on stopping the complaining, just focus speaking out loud how grateful you are, when you feel like complaining.
Then your heart will begin to change, and you’ll have a thankful heart God can work with.
He’ll know when you receive a blessing, you’ll know it’s Him, because you’ve been acknowledging Him for everything you have already. and You’ll be thankful, not selfish or impatient.
PROVERBS 3:6 (AMP)
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what may be holding your blessings back? What your heart attitude is like about everything you do or have? And when He shows you… Pray hard and ask God to help you in that area, to help you in your weakness. and He will.
- Are you ready to stop wandering?
- Are you ready to feel happy and be free of the negative feelings?
- Are you ready for a life changing attitude adjustment?
- Are you ready to see God move?
S-E-L-E-H (Pause and calmly think about that)
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That is a powerful message, which I will read again tomorrow and meditate on. Thank you!
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So glad! I pray God will continue to speak to you through this Matthew!