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 haven’t been all that great. 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 (I’m happy for them personally but bummed their leaving), been counseling a couple on the brink of divorce, and a couple of days ago, a friend and colleague had a massive stroke followed by brain surgery AND it’s almost EASTER?! With so many things happening right now, what do I do when I’m waiting for God for help, wisdom and answers?
Well, here are some things I’m learning (to be honest, most of this I’m RE-learning!)
1. If I’m going to wait, I need to wait expectantly like a farmer. Psalm 130:5 (LB) “I wait expectantly trusting God to help for He’s promised.” A famer doesn’t plant some seeds and to go to Hawaii for a year! He spends the time anticipating, expecting a harvest. If you got a moment, check out James 5:7.
2. If I’m going to wait, I need wait quietly. I had a LOT to grumble aboutâ€¦Why are my friends suffering with CANCER? Stroke? WHY? WHY? WHY? Well, the bible says, don’t grumble. 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. If I’m going to wait, I need to wait confidently. Micah 7:7 says this “I wait confidently for God.” My pastor says, When the outlook is bad, you look up. That is what hope is. It’s confident expectation. One of my favorite bible stories is of Joshua. In Joshua Chapter 1, Moses just died and Joshua is now leading the Jewish people to a place they have never been. Do you think he was nervous? Remember what God told him? Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:9 Msg
I don’t know what you’re going throughâ€¦.How big is your God? Without Christ, I can do nothingâ€¦.
Lord, help me to wait expectantly, quietly and confidently. You are a might God and I love you. I’m sorry for the times I get squirrely like a small child. Thank you for helping me mature and grow.
In Jesus name, Amen