Column by Michael C. Carson: Be Patient and Productive While Waiting for God to Act | Features

Often when you are waiting for God’s intervention to obtain something that is owed to you, there will be people, places, situations and things positioned to try to hinder your progress.

There are times in life when one has to struggle to keep fighting through these situations trying to rob you of your joy and composure.

Beloveds, always strive to keep your faith in God strong and your desire to obtain or achieve what you know is yours. Paul encourages us to “run toward the goal for the price of God’s high calling in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14.)

Sometimes the waiting process can be quite arduous, so accept the fact that you will have to wait for God’s move in your life. Consider that Daniel receives comfort as he has to wait for God’s move.

“And behold, a hand touched me, which brought me to my knees and to the palms of my hands.

“And he said to me: ‘O Daniel, beloved man, understand the words which I speak to you, and stand erect, for I am now sent to you.’ And when he had spoken these words to me, I remained trembling.

“So he said to me, ‘Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding and chastening yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come for your words.’ (Daniel 10:10-12.)

The Psalmist shares with us God’s expectation: “I fainted, unless I thought I saw the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait in the LORD: take courage, and he will strengthen your heart: wait, say I, in the LORD. (Psalm 27:13-14.)

Always believe that your moment of deliverance, opportunity and help is on its way!

Jennifer Newsom, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of First Farmers Bank & Trust Company, shares, “So often I pray for one thing to happen, and then God answers my prayers with beautiful intricate and detailed blessings that are far greater than I could have imagined.Sometimes the big beautiful blessings take time.

The apostle Paul encourages us to proclaim in the meantime: “Now to him who can do infinitely beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:30.)

Walk through your moments of waiting on God’s move in your life by accepting the fact that God has not forgotten or forsaken you. This will save you from “watching the clock” while waiting for God.

The wait can be incredibly difficult and painful. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes. But the wait won’t last forever. However, what you choose to do while you wait is very important.

Continue to trust the movement of God in your life. Be prayerful and productive while you wait. It has been said of God, “God may not come when you want God, but God is always on time!”

I say it like that!

Peace with justice, be blessed really, really well, attend worship and families matter.

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