Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Have you ever been in a season where you are waiting for a promise of a blessing from the Lord? I am not talking about those times of trouble and hardship when we are looking for a breakthrough. I'm talking about those times that God has promised to shower us with a blessing, and we just have to wait for that blessing to manifest?
It might be the promise of a promotion at our job, or the promise of finding a spouse, or of having a child, or getting a home, or a car, or being delivered from debt. The promises of the Lord. None of which we deserve due to anything that WE have done, but all things with which God chooses to bless us with, just because of HIS goodness and HIS mercy.
So once we've gotten the word that the blessing is coming, what do we do while we wait? Do we wait grudgingly, as if God owes us something? Or do we wait with an expectancy that God has said that He is going to deliver the blessing, and believing that God delivers on His promises?
I believe to wait expecting God's blessing is what we are to do. In other words, we are to praise God for the blessing even before it is delivered, and we are to show through our actions and in our words that we are ready for the blessing to arrive.
How do we do this? Let's say we are waiting to be blessed with a promotion at our job. To wrap up projects on which we are currently involved would be a way of us demonstrating our faith that we know our blessing is on the way. We could also spend time preparing for the new position through studying, working with a mentor or any other thing that would show our belief in the blessing that is coming our way.
I firmly believe that God will equip us to handle any blessing or situation that is placed before us, but being active in our waiting just exhibits our faith in God's words...in His promise of our blessing.
If God has promised us a spouse, then how are we preparing? Are we living a life that is focused on things of the spirit, or are we still living to please the flesh? Are we spending more time at the club or in the word? I believe that all women want a husband who respects them...who honors them...who encourages them...who loves them...who protects them...who covers them...who takes their family's concerns and needs and gratitude before the Lord. Is there such a thing as a perfect husband? No. No one is perfect, but there IS such a thing as a Godly husband.
So if we are believing that God is delivering THAT husband to us, do we feel that we are ready to receive THAT blessing? Are we the Godly wife that He wants us to be? Are we keeping our bodies that temple that we are supposed to? Are we spending time listening and dancing to music that demeans women and downplays true family values? Or do we instead find accountability partners who will help us stay in line with God's word when temptation comes?
So as we pray and look and wait for our blessing, I believe it is critical that we demonstrate our faith in that blessing manifesting, while waiting with a sense of expectation.
Let's join in prayer. "God I know that you want what's best for me and our family, and for that I am grateful. I thank you for the blessings that you bestow upon my family each day, and I look forward to those blessings that you have promised to deliver. Let me demonstrate my faith in your promises through my actions and through my words. I praise your name for being the keeper of promises and I praise You ahead of the blessing. In Jesus' name. Amen."