Do you ever feel so tired of waiting and enduring that you desperately long for instantaneous relief from God? Maybe you need release from the sin you haven’t been able to kick, or you beg for an urgent rescue for a friend or family member who doesn’t recognize a flashing danger sign, or you desire things to just be easy for once in ministry leadership.
We need God to show up for us. But what happens when help doesn’t come the way we expect? Or when God is silent? Or even when we’re not sure how a situation is going to end?
Training is a process, not a brief moment of deliverance. We can certainly recall story after story of people in the Bible who learned deeper trust and dependence on God through circumstances they did not want or may have prayed to avoid. We believe in the purposeful training found in those stories, but it’s so much easier to look at them from the outside in.
When our own story is impacted and we are worn down, it’s hard to see the purpose in patient endurance. In those moments, trust can start to feel naive or pointless. We often ask in exasperation, “How long do I have to do this, God?”
Here are some truths to consider while walking with God through a waiting season requiring purposeful endurance:
Ministry leaders believe and use these truths to minister to others. But sometimes, Leader, you need someone to challenge you to own these truths in the hard moments of your own life.
If you or someone on your team is walking through a dark season, I encourage you to reach out to us. We love journeying with leaders to help them live, lead, and finish well – regardless of circumstances or mistakes.
Praying for your ministry & leadership,