waiting for God

What to Do When You’re Weary Waiting for God

Have you ever grown weary waiting for God?

What has been your number one prayer this week, this month, this year?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve grown weary asking God for an answer.

I know His timing is perfect. I know His plan is good.

But sometimes it is hard to remain hopeful and patient when God is silent.

What To Do When You're Weary Waiting for God

I think back to the years before Jesus was born. The Israelite's waited 400 years in silence from God for the promise of a Savior.

Stories of His promise had been passed from generation to generation.

If it were me, I would have grown weary waiting for God, ready to give up hope of God’s salvation.

But after 400 years, God sent the angel Gabriel to Zechariah with the first glimmer of His plan.

The message of hope that Zechariah quickly doubted was the first sight of God’s glorious plan to soon unfold.

If you are waiting for God today, I encourage you to dig into these questions to hear His voice.

Are You Listening?

We spend so much time rushing through our busy days. Often we don’t even slow down to relax.

Maybe you can relate?

When we rush around like this, we forget how to be still and listen.

God often doesn’t speak above the noise. We learn from Elijah’s life that GOd’s voice is in the gentle whisper.

When a bunch of my friends get together, things get loud. There’s tons of stories and events that need catching up on. Most of the time, conversations split off. And then that one friend leans over with something serious to share. She whispers it quietly to me. But with the hustle and noise, I cannot hear her.

We need to slip to a quieter space, away from the distractions. When we close out the noise, her whispered voice becomes crystal clear.

If you are longing to hear God’s voice today, I encourage you to find a way to step into a quiet space - away from the hustle and distractions.

God wants to speak to you. Are you  making space to listen?

Are You Watching?

All around us, God is at work.

Not only is He at work in your own life, but he is moving in the lives of those around you.

It can be so easy to forget this. But when you take the time to be intentional about watching for God, you will see Him working.

Zechariah had spent all his life cultivating holiness. But I imagine that he and his wife had grown weary asking God for a child.

And so when the angel appeared with the promise of a baby, Zechariah doubted.

How often do we doubt God’s working in our own lives? We think something is impossible, or we attribute the miracles to coincidence or our own hard work.

When you are intentional about watching for God, you will be surprised at how often you see His mighty hand at work.

How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything

We have the immense blessing of the Holy Spirit inside us. This means that no matter where you are or what you are going through, God’s Spirit is dwelling within you.

If you are longing to hear God’s voice, you just need to still your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to speak.

You don’t need to be in a church.

You don’t need a priest to intercede for you.

You don’t need an angel to appear.

You have God’s Spirit right now within you.

Take time to listen for His Spirit’s promptings.

God has a plan for you. When you quiet your heart, you will hear Him speak.

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  1. It just struck me this morning that the Israelites waited 400 years in silence for a Savior–TWICE. In the land of Egypt, and the 400 silent years between the Old and New Testaments. Jesus was not going to arrive one second early or one second late.

  2. God’s Voice is indeed a tiny whisper. I loved how you reminded us of the 400 year wait between the OT and the NT. Certainly everyone was wondering if the Messiah would indeed come. Yes He did!

    1. YES! That is such a powerful reminder to me when I am searching to hear God’s voice. It’s in the stillness that He speaks!

  3. Great analogy about the conversation with friends! I do think God speaks to us and too often we are not taught how to listen. But He brings truth and that truth sets us free when we ask. 🙂

  4. Such a good reminder to be still — especially during this busy season! I know I am guilty of bringing a burden before God, laying it at His feet, and then picking it right back again! Learning to live in surrender!

    1. Yes! I agree, Naomi! It’s so hard to bring it to the Lord and leave it there, definitely a learning process 🙂

  5. Waiting on God is never easy but the fact that the Israelites were waiting for 400 years certainly puts our shorter waits into perspective! And often when the wait ends it is different to what we might expect so I agree, it is important to be watching and listening.

  6. I always treasure my time in quiet and stillness. The past few days have been so blessed as my son has gone to work with his Dad and the house has been so quiet and still (except for a snoring dog. HA!).

  7. This is a post I really needed right now. Every night I pray for the same thing and sometimes I feel he is trying to speak to me but I am still unsure of what I should do. I know I just need to be still and patient because I will eventually know what I need to do.

    1. Yes, being still can be so hard, but often God has such an important lesson to teach us in the wait. Thank you for sharing, Dara!

  8. Yes! This is so true! If I’m not careful, I can catch myself praying, checking the proverbial box of bringing my concerns to God, then continuing on with my day. How important it is for us to sneak away from the bustle to spend some intimate time with our Creator! As you said, it’s often in those quiet moments that we can we hear Him or notice His work. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I totally understand, Lila! I get to that place too. What has helped me is writing out prayers that align with God’s will and spending time praying them each morning! When I actually set aside the time for that, it’s powerful!

    1. Agreed, Denise! I’ve been so focused on milestones and next things, that I’ve forgotten how to slow down in the past. It’s so important to focus on the here and now.

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