Do you feel forgotten by your Creator?
You are certainly not alone. When you’re in the middle of waiting on God to deliver you from suffering or fulfill a promise in your life, it can feel as if He is so far away.
Additionally, when you’re in the thick of waiting and/or warfare, it can be hard to hold tight to faith.
Our friend Job in the Old Testament knew exactly what it was like to walk through both waiting and warfare, yet he persevered with faith knowing His Redeemer would move on his behalf.
How do we persevere when the waiting and suffering is hard?
In Job 19, we find ourselves right in the middle of the story of Job’s suffering and waiting on the Lord to deliver him from the trials before him. Job is surrounded by his negative friends who are focused solely on Job and the problems at hand.
Suddenly, we see Job shift the focus in Job 19:25-27:
“I know that My Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
In this powerful, pivotal point in the book of Job, we see Job take his eyes off of his circumstances, what he could see, and shift his gaze and affection toward his Heavenly Father.
Friend, there is power in your praise.
Our waiting is active; our warfare is not passive.
If you find yourself waiting – for warfare to end or for promises to come to pass – it’s time to shift your focus upward.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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