Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting Isn't About What We Get

... it's about who we become.
When God asks you to wait, what happens to your spiritual muscles? While you wait, do your spiritual muscles grow bigger and stronger or do they grow flaccid and atrophied? Waiting for the Lord isn’t about God forgetting you, forsaking you, or being unfaithful to his promises. It’s actually God giving you time to consider his glory and to grow stronger in faith. Remember, waiting isn’t just about what you are hoping for at the end of the wait, but also about what you will become as you wait.
Yes! Read the entire post by Paul Tripp over at DG.
And we know that for those who love God all things [including all our waiting] work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [Why?] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:28-29
In other words, all of our at times agonizing waiting will work together for good not mainly because of what we end up getting, but because of who we end up becoming in the often painful process of sanctification: a pristine reflection of Jesus.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Do it, Lord, do it. For Your name's sake, do it. Amen.

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