What To Do While You Wait On God
Life is full of decisions. Some decisions are as simple as figuring out what’s for supper, many are more complex like deciding your career or who to marry. As Christians, we should all be striving to honor God in making these decisions. We should sincerely want the decisions we make to line up with our understanding of what God desires for our lives. Many Christians call this understanding the will of God in our lives. Many aspects of God’s will are clearly laid out in Scripture. For example, we can know God’s will for any Christian is to be baptized and be in community within a local church because that is evident from His Word. Yet, some aspects of God’s will are not clearly perceived, like those complex decisions of careers and marriage.
I’m not writing on how to know the will of God today (perhaps in a future post), rather I thought it might be helpful to write about the meantime. From my experience, God doesn’t reveal His will or give you peace about a decision over night. This extended time of uncertainty might cause us to go through an infinite amount of “What if” scenarios. This can lead to stress, depression, and even hurting others around us as we try to force a path for ourselves in our own minds. Rather than jumping to conclusions and emotionally reacting to a questionable future, What are we supposed to do as we wait for God to give us peace about a decision?
Yes, it’s that basic. Slow down and take a deep breathe. Don’t go crazy trying to figure it out for yourself. Like the Psalmist wrote, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14) This verse isn’t just about patience, it’s about faith. Trust God when you’re worried about a decision regarding the future. Trust God when your mind is breaking in an attempt to figure out the best decision. Trust God when your soul is heavy because you don’t know what to do. Trust God enough to wait on Him. He will take care of the future, after all it’s in His nature to take care of His children. So wait for Him, don’t rush past Him, don’t meet Him half way. Just wait.
Hand over your stress to God.
All of the top factors in causing stress have a common denominator - the future. The future is scary. Perhaps when you think about it that anxious feeling in the pit of your stomach starts to twist and turn. Why? Because to us the future is a complete unknown. One of the most beautiful things about our God is that time is nothing to Him. The future is not an unknown for the Sovereign I Am, He knows it and beyond that He ordained it. So as His children we can take all that stress and anxiety and throw it before our Heavenly Father as Paul teaches us in Philippians 4:6. It’s not healthy for the Christian to bear the weight of the future on their shoulders. It can cause irritability which can lead to arguments and hurting loved ones. You may still be waiting for God to direct your path, but He can take that ball of stress in your gut away right now.
Remain Faithful right now.
It can be easy to look past your current situations and become obsessed with the future. Especially when these future decisions have goals and hopes attached to them. Yet, God has not placed you in the future, He has you where and when you are at right now. God has not called a future version of you to be faithful in that future scenario, He has called you to live for Him now, right where you are. Faithfulness cannot be found in the future, it can only be created in the present and seen in the past. God desires you to remain faithful while you wait for Him. This might mean being a good worker while you figure out where God wants you to work next. Or it might mean giving cheerfully to God now when you’re not sure how you’ll pay that bill at the end of the month. Don’t think I will be faithful when I have an answer to this heavy decision, be faithful on your way there otherwise you will always find a reason to avoid faithfulness.
Seek Godly Counsel.
Waiting for God to give us peace regarding a decision can be extremely lonely. No one but you and God know. That’s why we must surround ourselves with a good support group, Godly friends who can help us as we wait. We can tell them what’s been rattling around in our heads for days and they can help us by filtering those thoughts through the Word and giving us their opinion. Proverbs 19:20 states, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Seeking advise is wise both in understanding the next steps but also in remaining hopeful in the here and now. Not all advice is wise though and not all friends should be considered up to this task. We must seek out Godly and wise counsel. Not all our Facebook friends should have a say in this moment, but as Solomon says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20) Be careful who you invite into the conversation about the future.
Think about glorifying God in all possible futures.
As we wait for God, a common temptation might capture our hearts. Upon thinking through scenarios our depravity might tempt us to think about the best path for ourselves, what would benefit us the most. We must fight these tempting notions and focus on glorifying God. Think about each scenario, including remaining where you are at right now, and then contemplate how you would glorify God in that scenario. This may help even in giving us peace about a decision. If you cannot see how making a certain decision would glorify God, then perhaps you should not be pursuing it.
The future is a scary thing to the world, but as those whom God has chosen before the foundation of the world according to the Apostle Paul, we can have peace as we wait upon God. We can rest in His sovereignty. The dilemma isn’t upon God on whether He will be faithful to us in loom of an uncertain future, no, the question rests on us - will we be faithful as we wait on Him?