When it seems as though God has not fulfilled any of His promises to us and we are waiting for blessings that don’t seem to be coming, we can become discouraged. Instead of rejoicing, we may cry, complain, or even talk ourselves out of believing that His blessings are on their way. However, in these times it is important to take a step back, imagine ourselves exhaling in God’s arms, and recall that His promises are guaranteed to be fulfilled.
Here are 3 ways to ready yourself for the blessings to come:
- Give God your supernatural response. In times of struggle, it can be difficult to imagine how God will fulfill His promises to you, and you may begin to doubt that His blessings are coming. This is exactly how Jeremiah and the Israelites felt when they were exiled to Babylon. Yet instead of simply complaining that God had allowed him to fall into such a dire and chaotic situation, Jeremiah responded to his personal tragedy in a supernatural way. He purchased a piece of land that was sure to fall into the hands of the Babylonians to demonstrate how much he believed in and trusted God’s word—despite the mayhem he and the Israelites were living in. His supernatural response to the turmoil around him signaled to God that he was ready for his blessings when the time came. Ready yourself for your own blessings by reacting in a supernatural way and remembering these words: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
- Anticipate God’s promises being fulfilled. Because you are not privy to God’s timeline, it can be frustrating when you experience another setback exactly when you believed you were due for a win. However, in the book of Acts, Paul and Silas demonstrated how shifting the focus from pain to hope will usher in God’s blessings. When they were stripped, beaten, chained, and jailed, they did not cry out to God, but instead rejoiced, worshiped, and sang. They celebrated the knowledge that God’s promises to them would be fulfilled despite their current situation. This supernatural response demonstrated their unwavering faith in God and trust in His word as they anticipated His blessings that were yet to come. Anticipate God’s promises to you being fulfilled by singing for what is to come and remembering these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
- Give thanks for the smaller victories and blessings God has given you. While you await your major blessings, it is easy to disregard or even forget the smaller blessings that God has provided for you. However, as it is made clear in the story of David, it is the day-to-day victories that you enjoy that bring you closer to God. David was immensely blessed by the Lord and made sure to give thanks for the major victories that God provided for him. Yet he also expressed his gratitude for God’s small, daily blessings, which brought him closer to God and created a raw relationship between the two. In fact, David’s constant appreciation for everything the Lord gave him prepared him for and ushered in the major victories with which he was blessed. Therefore, instead of simply waiting for God to bestow the next miracle upon you, usher in your big blessing by giving thanks for all your smaller ones. To keep gratitude in your heart, remember these words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord…I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)
Today, turn your blues to blessings by exhaling in the arms of God.
“All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.”
Mark 11:23 (NLT)
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