14Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
To be of courage means to be able to face, with bravery, fear, danger, difficulty or pain without being overcome; and even when we were once scared to do something or now lack the confidence to do something because we failed in it once before, waiting on the Lord enables a growth of strength and courage to go back and face abandoned projects, dreams and races. It is not at the moment of when we scream ‘help!’ that a mystery door will open for us to escape through – God works in His own way and on His own timing, not ours – but during the time we patiently wait for a rescue, a response and an answer, God will strengthen us to do things we were once weak at or scared to do. Patience should not just be about expecting for something which we are yet to receive but it should also build up the ability to revisit areas we once abandoned because we gave up or stopped waiting.
Although we are still waiting, we are also exercising new strengths and discovering new things about ourselves – whether it is physically, mentally, emotionally or socially.
Having said this, we may actually receive double in what we are waiting for because with the time we gain for waiting and focusing on God, we may produce other fruits with seeds we once stopped watering and nurturing. On the other hand, we may actually realise that by the time we receive what we have been waiting for, our contentment is already embedded in the realisation that “actually, if I can do this well without XY and Z, perhaps I don’t need it so badly after all”. Moreover, for what we do have going on for us at the moment, we become stronger at doing and maintaining it better because we focus less on what we do not have and more on what we already have. Also, as we gain the strength to patiently wait on one thing, we gain the strength to wait on other things in the future. Our patience will no longer be dependent on receiving that one particular thing our heart is set on, but instead it will be a new attitude we attain for all areas of our life and all requests made – whether fulfilled or not.
Our patience will strengthen us to wait even longer and with greater faith of a brighter future to come
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