Thank you for coming over from Encouragement for Today!
In today’s devo I shared a passage from King’s Cross by Timothy Keller. It read:
The Bible says that our real problem is that every one of us is building our identity on something besides Jesus.
Whether it’s to succeed in our chosen field or to have a certain relationship—or even to get up and walk—we’re saying, “If I have that, if I get my deepest wish, then everything will be okay.
So, this is where we begin to find contentment in the wait.
We first understand that our deepest wishes do not always bring the fulfillment we think it might.
Have you ever asked yourself why a successful businessman, or someone who has reached the pinnacle of fame start looking for other ways to find happiness, only to succumb to addiction or a string of unhappy relationships? It’s because the destination isn’t what makes us happy. It’s what is inside of each of us, no matter where we are in life, that defines contentment.
Our identity isn’t about success or failure, or where are while we wait for our deepest wishes to come true. Our identity is founded on the principle that God has a plan. He’s in control, which leads us to the next key.
The wait just might be part of the plan.
Don’t underestimate the miracles to be found in the wait: endurance; trust; character; depth; and so much more.
I’ve been reading a book called Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning, and it’s challenging me to rethink what it means to truly trust God. It’s not so much about hitting the trust button when your thrust into a situation, but rather a state of being. We learn to ruthlessly trust God day to day.
For the past four years I’ve been in the wait. I thought it would happen in a few months, and then a year, and then two. I went from wrestling with God to trying to make it happen on my own to finally laying it down. I didn’t stop dreaming. I didn’t stop hoping. I knew what God had spoken in my heart. But I had done all I could.
I had to acknowledge that I was in a waiting time.
Last November the doors opened wide, unexpectedly. As I looked back at the original dream, I saw that I was not the same person.
You see, the dream had transitioned from “my dream” to His.
The timing had been removed from my 1 yr/5yr plan to God’s timing.
And I was changed — and so was my dream — because of it. More depth. Tons more trust in God instead of my own actions and efforts.
Which leads us to key #3 in finding contentment in the wait.
If we focus solely on what we don’t have or aren’t accomplishing, we might miss the miracles all around us.
Like, the daily connection with God and people. The times we can simply sit in His presence and acknowledge that we don’t have it all together, but trust His leading. The times of absolute joy though you (and this plan-my-life-kind-of-girl) might have no clue when the wait will end.
That brings me back to Timothy Keller’s observation. Our identity isn’t about the destination, or even our deepest longings, but being His. So our joy becomes consistent — even in the wait.
May I pray with you today?
Father, thank you for this beautiful child of yours who joins me today. Hold her close as only a Heavenly Father can. Tell her that You’ve got this, and that she’s on your heart. Thank you that your plan doesn’t change, and that what we find in the wait is valuable. In your precious name, amen.
I’d love to offer one copy of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst by to one person who comments today. Share your thoughts. Where are you in the wait? What is God teaching you? How can you find contentment beginning today?