The following is a guest blog from Steve Komanapalli, Pastor, Special Assistant to Rick Warren, Saddleback Church
Truth be told, the last couple of weeks havenâ€™t been all that great.Â I have three friends who told me they have cancer (colon, breast and pancreatic), another friend crash with his depression nearly to the point of suicide, got a couple of key staff leaving to other ministries (Iâ€™m happy for them personally but bummed their leaving),Â been counseling a couple on the brink of divorce â€“ and a couple of days ago, a friend and colleague had a massive stroke followed by brain surgery AND itâ€™s almost EASTER?!Â With so many things happening right now, what do I do when Iâ€™m waiting for God for help, wisdom and answers?
Well, here are some things Iâ€™m learning (to be honest,Â most of this I’m RE-learning!)
1.Â Â Â Â If Iâ€™m going to wait, I need to wait expectantly like a farmer.Â Â Psalm 130:5 (LB)Â “I wait expectantly trusting God to help for He’s promised.” A famer doesnâ€™t plant some seeds and to go to Hawaii for a year!Â He spends the time anticipating, expecting a harvest.Â If you got a moment, check out James 5:7.
2.Â Â Â Â If Iâ€™m going to wait, I need wait quietly.Â I had a LOT to grumble aboutâ€¦Why are my friends suffering with CANCER?Â Stroke? WHY? WHY? WHY?Â Â Well, the bible says, donâ€™t grumble.Â God says you need to manage your mouth. (OUCH) James 5:9 says “Don’t grumble against each other brothers or you’ll be judged.”
3.Â Â Â Â If Iâ€™m going to wait, I need to wait confidently. Micah 7:7 says thisÂ “I wait confidently for God.” My pastor says, â€œWhen the outlook is bad, you look up.Â That is what hope is.â€Â It’s confident expectation.Â Â One of my favorite bible stories is of Joshua.Â In Joshua Chapter 1, Moses just died and Joshua is now leading the Jewish people to a place they have never been.Â Do you think he was nervous?Â Remember what God told him? â€œHaven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”Â Joshua 1:9 Msg
I donâ€™t know what youâ€™re going throughâ€¦.How big is your God?Â Without Christ, I can do nothingâ€¦.
Lord, help me to wait expectantly, quietly and confidently. You are a might God and I love you.Â Iâ€™m sorry for the times I get squirrely like a small child.Â Thank you for helping me mature and grow.
In Jesus name, Amen