By Tristan Kirn. Notes from NCF Church staff meeting compiled by Sabby Mahabeer.
In continuation of our series “Conviction” in the book of 2 Timothy, here are some encouraging thoughts on Finishing Strong.
We live in the “Information Age”, where we can access things and information instantaneously, with as little as a phone and a working wifi signal. Living in a time where we are prone to instant-gratification and instant-satisfaction, we can forget what patience and waiting looks like.
Here are four principles, that explain what biblical waiting looks like, and what God wants us to do in our waiting:
1. Waiting is Active:
Often we think that waiting looks like the situation we find ourselves in when we sit in a doctor’s waiting room. The period, until we finally get called into the physician’s office, seems to stretch out until forever. This is often how we approach waiting on God.
In 2 Timothy, Paul is sitting in jail, waiting for his death sentence. However, instead of taking an approach a lot of us most likely would default to, he assumes an active posture of waiting.
Biblical waiting is not inactive, but purposeful, positive and spiritual.
Our active response to a season of waiting is remembering who we are in Christ and that He has specific purpose for our lives. In others words, waiting is worship.
2. You are not alone in your waiting:
We need to realise, that God calls his people to periods of waiting. Being in a season of uncertainty, and having to wait on God, is not sign of ungodliness or of God’s abandonment.
Some of the great men of faith had to go through such times, too. Abraham, for example, waited on God to come through for him and his family for several years. Israel waited for over four hundred years for deliverance from the Egyptians. We can take courage from these examples of faith, who walked this journey of waiting before us.
God uses these times of waiting to reveal his most amazing works. Waiting is not actually an interruption, but a part of God’s plan for us.
3. Celebrate how little control you have:
Paul realises that he has absolutely no control over his circumstances. However, he understands that God is completely and utterly in control. Waiting has a humbling effect as we face the truth of needing to let go and trusting that God knows what he is doing. God is the true Shepherd who holds the entire world, as well as our personal one, in the palm of his hands.
4. Waiting is designed to strengthen you.
In Romans 4:18-21, we read that Abraham was strengthened and not weakened in this season of waiting. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, we are not confronted with a man who looks like he is barely holding on, but rather with someone, who is standing strong in his faith in the midst of his circumstances.
We need to learn to rely on God in everything. Waiting may seem like a misty fog, in which we can only see ahead one step at a time. The way we advance through the mist is by taking one small step of obedience at a time.
As we draw towards the end of the year, we all begin facing questions such as:
- What does next year look like?
- What does God want to do in me and through me?
- What does God want to do in my church site or in my ministry?
Together, let’s approach this next season of waiting with an attitude of faith, and let’s trust God to strengthen us and glorify himself through us, as we surrender control and look to him.
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