Oswald Chambers once said that one of the greatest strains in life is waiting on God.
You pray, you work, you hope, you pray some more and the thing that you’re wanting to happen continues to lie dormant and you wonder if you’re wasting your time. You even start to doubt God and question whether or not He’s listening or if He’s telling you, “No.”
And while you’re willing to accept the fact that maybe He’s got you on a different course than the one you’ve mapped out, the desire in your heart doesn’t fade and you find yourself stuck between defeat and despair – not sure how to proceed and not certain if you even want to try anymore.
Baked on grease can be a real challenge to clean up. But one thing that works really well is to let it soak. Some of the most stubborn messes can be easily wiped clean by simply letting that pan soak in some soapy water for a little bit and what a moment ago was virtually impossible to remove, not comes off easily and completely.
Regardless of how our situation looks, there are innumerable variables that only God can fully know. Sometimes what we’re asking requires the removal of some baked on grease. There’s things that have to be addressed in order for our request to be answered in a way that’s complete and structured in a way where He gets the glory. And in order for that to occur, we have to “soak.”
That doesn’t mean we do nothing, nor does it mean that we have to struggle with a negative or an exasperated disposition. Rather, we move forward with confidence and a perspective based, not on our circumstance, but the One Who’s in charge of our circumstances.
In other words, don’t give up…
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9)
God is always doing something (Jn 5:17) and there’s always a Purpose behind whatever it is that we’re contending with – a portion of that being the development of our spiritual biceps in order that we might become more like Christ (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 3:18 [Is 40:29-31; Hab 3:19]). And while that doesn’t always resonate as a real priority compared to what we’re striving for, it’s only when we’re processing our triumphs in the context of true wisdom that our victories move us in a genuinely positive direction (Dt 8:10-18).
So keep at it and trust that, regardless of what might appear to be a gauge that doesn’t move or a situation that doesn’t change, God is listening and He is working. You might be having to “soak” for a little bit, but that is progress in and of itself and, like it says in Galatians 6:9, you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up.
Go get ‘em!