The importance of waiting well.
During this time of lockdown it can feel like the goal posts just keep getting moved and we are in a holding pattern where we are waiting for things to go back to normal. The day to day routines of our life may seem a little purposeless or hollow. Things like waking up at a certain time, exercising, doing laundry or keeping to specific work hours; these tasks can seem pointless.
Unfortunately, these feelings filter to other areas of our lives. Areas such as our quiet time, our prayer life, being intentional in our marriages, in reaching out to others or being intentional in seeking the Lord on our futures and what He has called us to.
The Lord has really impressed on my heart in this season that we need to wait well.
Paul has this to say about waiting well:
Just before this verse Paul talks about having the victory in Jesus. He reminds us that we have a kingdom inheritance.
Here Paul is encouraging us to do 3 things.
The first encouragement Paul gives us is to be steadfast.
What does that look like?
Well, another word for steadfast is single-minded. We can’t allow ourselves to be swayed by what we see happening in the world around us. Being steadfast is choosing to be dedicated and faithful to the work ( the people and the tasks) that the Lord has given us and to hold onto Kingdom principles and God promises.
The second encouragement that Paul gives us for waiting well is to be immoveable.
When we are immoveable we are anchored, the foundations of our faith and who we are in Christ are rooted in Him. So that when our world is rocked we have a constant foundation in God and we have peace of mind because our security is in Him.
Then Paul encourages us to always abound in the work of the Lord.
A verse that comes to mind is Hebrews 10:23-24. It says:
And finally, Paul leaves us with a beautiful promise. He says, “in the Lord your labour is not in vain.“
Those 3 words are key – “in the lord”.
When we position ourselves, our hearts and our minds,“in the Lord”, then all our work; our job, our daily tasks, where we place our energy, these small or large day-to-day tasks suddenly become an act of worship. They have meaning, they have purpose and they have eternal value.
I hope that you were as encouraged today by these words from Paul as I was. How have you been waiting well in this season?
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