Five Things to Do While Waiting
Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage. Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do.
─ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 TPT
The saying, “Good things come to those who wait,” is often shared by friends to encourage someone going through a difficult season of waiting. Most of us cringe at the thought of waiting for something. We are used to getting what we want or need in a matter of days.
Paul knew the struggle, even in his day, to stay on target, especially in our faith. He wrote letters to encourage believers during the times he couldn’t be with them in person. Just as the Corinthians waited on Paul’s return, we too wait for Jesus’ return.
Paul’s instructions from 1 Corinthians 16, is relevant today as we wait on God to do a work in our lives, and as we wait for Jesus’ return.
In our seasons of waiting, we are to:
- Be on guard. Maintain a vigilant watch for spiritual enemies that try to threaten or destroy us. Paul specifically mentioned divisions, pride, sin, disorder or erroneous theology.
- Stand firm in what you believe. Keep the truth of God’s Word at the forefront of your mind, remembering your salvation and all Jesus has saved you from.
- Be courageous. Know what you know so you can courageously declare the truth when faced with half-truths, false teachings, and sin.
- Be strong with the strength given to you by the Holy Spirit. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Look to the Lord, who said, “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV).
- Do everything in love. Without love, everything else is null. Love is the reason Jesus came. Love compels others to see and experience God in you.
Today’s One Thing
Do you find waiting difficult? Look at the five things you can do while waiting. Pray and ask the Lord to help you focus on one of the five this week. Expect the Holy Spirit, your helper, to come alongside you and help you.