When you’re experiencing tough times, the last thing you want to do is wait for relief. Don’t be discouraged! God knows what you are going through and wants the very best for you. He is the only One who knows what is truly best.
God’s timing is very different from our own. “Waiting on the Lord” is a strong theme throughout the Bible. Those waiting times can be some of our deepest, most meaningful times of fellowship with God. Jesus tells us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” and to not be anxious.
Take advantage of this waiting time to get to know and trust God. A.W. Tozer, in his book The Pursuit of God says, “God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.” Have you experienced that yet? If not, I urge you to get to know Him better!
Be encouraged by the verses listed below and trust that God hasn’t forgotten you! He’s right here with you– listening to you, loving you, desiring a close relationship with you. Lean on His word and His understanding in times of seeming hopelessness and He will provide you with the love, strength, and encouragement you need.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior. (Psalm 42:5, NIV)
Hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. (Psalm 130:7, NLT2)
Endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:4-5, NLT2)
Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24, NAS95)
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. (Psalm 119:114, NIV)
Sustain me according to your promise, and I shall live; do not let my hopes be dashed. (Psalm 119:116, NIV)
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:18, NIV)
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone. (Psalm 33:22, NLT2)
Put your hope in the LORD both now and for evermore. (Psalm 131:3, NIV)
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. (Romans 15:4, NLT2)
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You. (Psalm 39:7, NLT2)
O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. (Psalm 71:5, NLT2)
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5, NIV)
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. (Romans 12:12, NLT2)