Hope in Seasons of Waiting
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I will hope in him.' The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth." Lamentations 3:22-7
When I recall the times in my life I’ve had to be most reliant on the Lord, I find they typically involved periods of waiting on Him to act. Since God is all about our holiness and shaping us into the likeness of His Son, He loves to give us seasons in which we are forced to lean on Him. If you aren’t currently in a season of waiting, you’ve either just come out of one or you have one coming for you. Since waiting isn’t optional for God’s children, the question then becomes: how are we to handle life when we are waiting for God to move?
Jeremiah says, “The Lord is my portion. Therefore, I will hope in him.” Sister, are you this quick to put your hope in the Lord? Is the Lord your portion? The Hebrew word for “portion” means “inheritance”. When the Lord is your inheritance, He is all you need in life, and you have no lack. Without this inheritance, you are poor, needy, and prone to demand answers from a discontented heart. But when the Lord is your portion, you are full and satisfied even in seasons of waiting.
When the Lord is your portion, you can be joyful in times of waiting because you already have everything you need. You have sustenance, grace, and new mercies to sustain you. When it seems like His answers to your prayers are delayed, you can rest in Him because His steadfast love never ceases, and His faithfulness is great. Be encouraged, sister, for the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, for the souls who seeks Him.
Father, I praise You for your unending love and endless mercies. Thank You for the hope I have in Christ to sustain me in seasons of waiting. I confess I do not often turn to this hope - I do not often choose You as my portion. Instead, I demand resolutions to unsolved problems while I grow weary and discouraged. But, Lord, You know the answers already. In seasons of waiting, You’ve already ordained the answers to my prayers. So, instead of growing tired from impatience, I will rest in You, my inheritance and all that I need. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Memorize Psalm 27:14.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.