In a Fog?
By Maria Fontaine
Are you faced with options, choices, and decisions, but you don’t have any idea which direction to take? You know you want to move in the direction God is leading, but the problem is you don’t know which direction that is. You’re floundering, not knowing where to go, what to do, or how to do it. You can’t see far enough ahead to know what the outcome of each choice will be. Very few things can be decided on their own, and many factors have to be considered in making each single decision.
I was reminded recently of the verse, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” (Psalm 27:14) It led me to meditate on the wisdom of waiting for God to dispel the fog, rather than making decisions when we can’t see clearly ahead. Given time, things fall into place, and we are able to see the way more clearly.
I’m sure you can think of times in your life when you had to make a certain decision but you couldn’t seem to get any answers; but when you waited in prayer and with faith, trusting God to come through for you, He eventually made the way clear—and you were glad you’d waited and trusted.
Waiting is an important element of the faith life. It’s not easy, but it’s part of the process that God uses to instruct us, teach us patience, build our character, and draw us closer to Him. The next time you’re in a holding pattern or in waiting mode, be encouraged. The fog will lift—it always does!
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Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
—Psalm 37:5 NLT
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
—Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
If we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.
—Romans 8:25 NLT
After waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
—Hebrews 6:15 NIV
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
—Hebrews 10:23 NIV
The testing of your faith produces patience.
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm.
—James 5:7–8 NIV
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