B Moments, patiently

How Should We Wait on God?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking a question: How should we wait on God?

Recently, we’ve been strengthening ourselves spiritually, recognizing that sometimes we need to go deeper in order to go higher. We’ve also explored the things that we can do and talked about those times when that next move belongs to God and only God.

However, sometimes waiting on God can feel like an eternity, which will, in turn, prompt us to take matters into our own hands. So the question is, if we must wait on God, then how should we wait on Him?

One word—patiently. Patiently doesn’t mean passively, but it means we should resist the urge to take the outcome out of God’s hands and into our own. This is exactly the decision that David had to make.

We know how jealous King Saul was of David. In fact, he kept David on the run for years because Saul was trying to kill him. Then, one day, Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding.

In that initial moment, David became weak, and he stepped forward to take Saul’s life. Imagine running for years from a person who is trying to cause you harm and now you have the chance to cause them harm!

Yet David quickly caught himself and resisted the urge to kill Saul. He made the faithful decision not to take the outcome out of God’s hands and into his own.

Is there a situation in your life where you’ve been demonstrating patience, but you are now growing weary? If so, hold onto these words: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

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So today, wait on God patiently.

B Moments, perfect

God Is Creating the Perfect Moment to Answer You

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how God’s timing is precise.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the importance of waiting on God, and sometimes when God doesn’t deliver when we expect Him to, we immediately think it was something we did or didn’t do. Yet we should also remember that God has His own time, and it is precise.

Recently I was talking with one of my girlfriends about how I felt like I was in a new season, and I just knew this new door was about to open for me. So, I was completely thrown off when this new door remained firmly closed. Then I had to remind myself that new doors open according to God’s timing, not Suzette’s.

This incident reminded me of the time when Jesus was in the temple and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. In fact, on this day, Jesus was in the treasury section of the temple, so if there was ever a reason or time to arrest him, it would have been then.

However, these Jewish leaders couldn’t bring themselves to arrest Jesus. Why? Because even though the conditions seemed perfect, those perfect conditions didn’t align with God’s timing.

Let us be inspired by God’s careful consideration of time and be encouraged that so much is going on behind the scenes on our behalf. Even though sometimes it might feel as though God isn’t answering, He is actually creating the perfect moment to answer your prayers. So, hold onto these few words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that He is creating the perfect moment to answer you.

B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: Wait for God to Deliver

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, wire

Are Things Getting Down to the Wire?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when things get down to the wire.

If there’s one situation that can rattle me it is when things get down to the wire. Yet over the years, I’ve learned to remind myself of two things.

One: I serve a promise-keeping God; and two: God can do His best work when things get down to the wire. That’s likely because, as the saying goes, I am no longer trying to fix, manage, and control things, but I have come to a place of surrender.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and how things got down to the wire for him on more than one occasion. In the first instance, God had promised David that he would be crowned king.

We know that David was named king, but he wasn’t crowned king until thirteen years later. It was during these intervening years that he might have thought that God had rescinded His promise or had second thoughts, but we know that in the end, David was crowned king.

The second instance was when God promised David that he would have an everlasting family line. Yet on more than one occasion, David’s family dwindled. It got down to the wire with just one or two family members. Yet in the end, David had an everlasting family line.

If you feel like things are down to the wire for you, let me comfort you with God’s promise to you: “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. …If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

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So today, remember that you serve a promise-keeping God.

B Moments, vision

In His Time, Your Vision Will Come to Pass

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am encouraging you to hold onto that vision God has put on your heart.

Recently we talked about what is possible when we shift our thoughts and words. Now, I want you to know that each day you are moving closer and closer to the fulfillment of the vision God has given you.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I recall the prophet Isaiah’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion. During the days of Isaiah, Christ had not even been born yet, but Isaiah wrote—with great detail and accuracy—a riveting account of Jesus’ death. It reads as if he were standing on Calvary that day, witnessing the events in person.

I can only imagine that if he shared his vision with anyone else during that time, they may have thought Christ was coming in the next few months or even the next few years or at least in their lifetime. Yet we know that Christ didn’t arrive for several hundred more years.

Sometimes, we can fall into that trap of placing timelines on our visions. When things fall into place, we feel closer, and when they don’t line up, we feel further and further away. This is our limited perspective on things.

Isaiah’s writings inspire me because the account he gave was accurate and did occur; it just happened on God’s schedule. If God has given you a vision, know that it will come to pass. Hold onto these words when you begin to doubt: “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV)

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So today, remember: in His time.

B Moments, last laugh

God Will Give You the Last Laugh

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will give you the last laugh.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Hannah’s story. Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, could bare children and would always tease Hannah about being barren. Each year, Elkanah would take his family to the tabernacle to present a sacrifice before the Lord, and afterwards, they would have a family dinner together.

Let’s imagine the scene at that dinner table. Hannah is seated at a dinner table with a woman who teases her all the time, telling her things such as, “God has closed your womb.” This woman is also married to her husband and has children for him. Hannah, on the other hand, wants to have children but can’t.

This family dinner ritual went on for years. Peninnah would taunt Hannah so much that she would end up crying during most of the dinner and not eating at all.

However, in His divine time, God would bless Hannah—not with one child but with seven, turning Hannah’s tears of anguish to tears of joy. As for Peninnah, as the Scriptures say, “Those who were mighty are no longer mighty.”

God gave Hannah the last laugh and know that He will do the same for you as long as you keep the faith. As you think about that, remember these words: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves…’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (ESV)

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So today, get ready to laugh.

B Moments, considered

Wait for It: You’ve Never Considered His Next Move

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has solutions to your issues that you’ve never even considered.

Sometimes we carry issues over from the previous year into our new year, wondering what will we do differently this year to fix things. We play out multiple scenarios in our mind, but we still see no way out. Yet it is when we turn that situation completely over to God that He will make a move we had never even considered.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the time Peter was imprisoned. He had been arrested at a time when King Herod had begun persecuting Christians. The night before his trial, Peter was surrounded by a total of eighteen soldiers. To the natural eye, Peter seemed to be in a very difficult situation that presented no way out.

However, sometime during the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and instructed him to wake up, get dressed, and follow him. The angel led Peter past two more guard stations and out into the street. Once outside, Peter realized that God had sent an angel to save him, a move by God that Peter had never even considered.

In the same respect, God’s answer to your situation is likely one you’ve never thought of either. So don’t let those issues from last year begin to consume your new year. Instead, turn matters over to God and remember these words: “Fear not, for I am with you…I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

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So today, wait for God’s next move.

B Moments, divine order

Everything Is in Divine Order

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking that when things seem out of order, they are, in fact, in divine order.

I had this thought as I was thinking about David’s story and the two promises God made to him. The first promise was that he would get the throne, and the second promise was that he would have an everlasting family line.

However, we know that even though he was eventually named king, David wasn’t crowned until thirteen years after God’s promise. Additionally, David did have an everlasting family line, but on more than one occasion, it dwindled down to just one or two family members.

Therefore, David’s life is an inspiring example of the fact that God always honors His word.

Personally, there are two types of situations that always rattle me: if things get down to the wire, and if things don’t happen when I expect them to. Yet, David’s life shows us that even though things sometimes appear out of order, they are always in divine order.

In order to keep myself from worrying, I occasionally picture an “Out of Order” sign in my head, then replace it with “Divine Order.” This helps me to remember that all-important idea that God always has it under control.

As you create your own visual today, cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, know that things are in divine order.

B Moments, reason

There Is More to Your Story

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about when things happen to us that appear to have no rhyme or reason.

Recently, we’ve been studying Joseph’s life. During the time Joseph was in prison, he met the king’s cupbearer.

One day, the cupbearer had a dream, so he asked Joseph to interpret the dream for him. Joseph told him that his dream meant he would be getting out of prison very soon.

In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to have pity on him once he was released and to tell the king that he was an innocent man. Yet once the cupbearer got out of prison, he forgot all about Joseph.

In your life, have you ever wrongly believed that you found the solution to your less than ideal situation? You might believe that the reason you met a person was to solve your crisis, but in the end, you may find that the person was not the answer.

During these times, you might wonder why you encountered the person in the first place. You may even conclude that sometimes things happen to you without rhyme or reason.

However, I would encourage you to see things differently because it is not the end of your story. You can see evidence of this in the fact that all of the seemingly unrelated events that Joseph dealt with ultimately ended up being part of a beautiful story.

If you feel like things are just happening to you and not for you, hang on because there is definitely more to your story. As you remember that, hold onto these words: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, know that there is more to your story.

B Moments, meantime

Struggling to Trust God in the Meantime

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about why we should trust God in the meantime.

In this series, we’re addressing our inner child, which can sometimes feel like I want what I want when I want it. Sometimes, I think about the Nike Just Do It ad and I ask God, “Will you just do it already, please?” In other words, will you just answer my prayer or resolve my current dilemma now rather than later?

However, when I become too mired in the outcome, I forget that God is always at work on my behalf; I just have to trust Him in the meantime.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and all he had to endure between the time that he was anointed king and the time that he was appointed king. I’m sure there were several events that made him think that it was his season—but he still had to wait.

For example, it’s likely David felt he had entered a new season after he defeated Goliath. But soon after that victory, David had to deal with a jealous Saul, who kept him on the run for years.

After Saul was killed, David must have believed it was his time. Yet he then had to deal with Saul’s sons who felt they were entitled to the throne, entering into a bloody battle with them for another seven years.

In the end, we know that finally, at God’s appointed time, David did take the throne. Yet more importantly, David showed us how to act in the meantime until the scales of justice shift in our favor. As you think about that, remember these words: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

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So today, be patient and trust God in the meantime.