Sometimes you’re willing to do anything but wait. You want answers and results now. But God’s promises often take time. Why? Because along the way he builds your character. If you get what you want too soon, you might not be ready. Or a disappointing outcome might cause you to react in a harmful way.
During the times of wait, seek to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Be patient and still in his presence. Then no matter what happens – and no matter how long it takes – your life continues to be full of the Spirit and pleasing to God.
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
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