God is working on your behalf, even though His plans for you take time. My prayer for you is that you’ll learn to anticipate His answer—no matter how long it takes—and to do so faithfully, patiently, and joyfully. You’ve invested so much time, energy, prayer, and confidence into waiting for Him, it would be a shame for you to abandon your hope now … especially when you’re on the brink of blessing and when His answer for you is closer than ever before. So don’t ever give up!
Be assured God’s actively, powerfully, wisely, and lovingly arranging the circumstances of your life. Even though His activity may not be obvious to you, He’s drawing you closer, refining your character, teaching you His ways, and fulfilling His promises to you.
First Corinthians 2:9-10 teaches, “Eye has not seen and ear has not heard … all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” In other words, you may not be able to imagine all that the Father’s doing in and through the days, months, and years you’ve been seeking Him, but it’s absolutely amazing. And if you wait for Him with expectant endurance—directing your focus to Him, purposefully seeking His will through Scripture and prayer, actively claiming His promises, and courageously facing adversity with faith—you’ll certainly see the fruit of your obedience.
While you expectantly wait, here’s what you can do:
- Humble yourself before the Lord and focus on Him rather than your desire.
- Remain obedient to God’s will.
- Have faith that the Father will do as He’s promised.
- And finally, be courageous.
We began this plan with a list of “nevers.” However, I pray that after each day’s devotion, you’ve been encouraged and have discovered principles and biblical truths that will strengthen you whenever the Father appears to delay and human reason tells you to give up.
You can endure expectantly with the joy of knowing God will never let you down. You can keep hoping—even when the nevers of life bombard you, realizing that the Lord is the One you really hope for, and He perfectly cares for all that concerns you. You can trust the Father to lead you and know for absolute certain that He has your very best interest in mind.
Since Day 1 of this reading plan, I hope you see we’ve come a long way from the nevers. With that in mind, I want to end with a far more optimistic theme—a word that I hope you’ll remember when you wait on the Lord; a word that applies to His wonderful, unfailing character; and a word that beautifully describes how committed He is to you and to your wellbeing.
As a believer …
God will always be with you.
He will always love you.
He will always forgive your sins.
He will always listen to you.
He will always comfort you.
He will always provide for you.
He will always remember you.
He will always work on your behalf.
He will always lead you with love, power, and wisdom.
He will always bless your obedience to Him.
He will always come through for you.
He will always answer your prayers.
And when you wait on the Lord, you can know for certain that the best is yet to come …