I know many who are hoping for breakthroughs in the coming year. As I pray for those, and my own, I keep having the thought that a good place to begin pursuing them is with a revelation of the difference between waiting for God, and waiting with him.
Waiting for God is passive. And lonely. It’s a mind stuck in the past, fixated on getting answers to why things have happened before it can accept what to do next. It’s a desperate heart that reacts to people and circumstances, instead of living intentionally and purposefully.
But waiting with God is choosing to be at peace with not having all the answers, so you can walk without restraint wherever he leads. In many psalms, “wait” is a word meaning to bind together, to wrap yourself up in hope. It’s a waiting that’s intentionally aware of what he’s saying and doing right now, because of how close you are to his heart.
Waiting with God is empowering, equipping, hopeful, inspiring, productive, and fulfilling. Waiting with him is what prepares you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and even physically to be ready for the moment your heart’s desires do become reality.
Finish this year immersed in the grace, hope, joy, peace, power, and love of Jesus, and begin 2019 free, blessed, determined, and secure in who he is for you. Let him show you how to live this new year brilliantly.
“I would have lost heart, unless I believed I would see the goodness of the Lord, here, in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:13-14).