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Impatiently waiting

Why does God make us wait? We are directed as Christians to petition God for his answers to our most difficult questions and we are told HE will answer our petitions. the Bible says God will give us one of three answers: Yes, No, or Wait.

The waiting is the hardest answer as there is no time limit for how long we must wait. It could be moments, years, even centuries before our answers are revealed. Sometimes they only will be answered when we are face-to-face with Jesus and on that day, we will have total clarity. But waiting can do one of two things; it can increase our faith and reliance on God, or it can drive us bonkers as we try to search for answers on our own. This later choice causes our heart to beat erratically, have elevated anxiety, even feel depressed and hopeless as we see all our hopes fail and fears come to pass.

In the Bible we can learn how to deal with the challenges of today. The presidential election results compounded by delays, accusations of dishonesty, and unexplained ballot number fluctuations has nearly everyone sitting in front of their TV's and Laptops anxiously awaiting the results. Anyone who has paid any attention over the last 3 1/2 years and has some investment in their candidate of choice is feeling both anxious and fearful of the outcome. When Jesus was crucified, his followers were left with 2 choices: faith or fear. Jesus told them what to expect following his death on the cross, but they didn't believe him. When he returned they were amazed, shocked, and grateful for his return. Then Jesus gave them one command that was later called, "The Great Commission." It is also what every Christian is supposed to be focused on if they believe in what the Bible says,

18 "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

You can only have one: faith or fear. They cannot coexist and one eliminates the other. No matter the outcome of the election, if you believe Jesus is in charge, you can have faith that casts out all fear.


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