This article is part of the Notable Quotes series.
Wait with Hope
God uses seasons of waiting to teach us patience and make us more like himself. When dreams are delayed, we can trust that God is producing perseverance and steadfastness in us through our waiting. Be encouraged to wait well with these quotations from Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Our Dreams Are Delayed by Betsy Childs Howard.
“In every story of righteous waiting, God has hidden the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. Your waiting is meant to be a witness not only to yourself, but to the watching world.”
“Grieving at the brokenness of this world points beyond to the life to come. If all our desires were satisfied here, why would we want Christ to return and establish his kingdom?”
“There is no body so broken that it cannot be offered to God as a living sacrifice, and there is no arm too feeble to wield the sword of the Spirit.”
“Why are we homesick? Even though our longings for home may focus on what is less than ideal about where we live or whom we live with, deep down we are homesick because this is not our home. If you are a believer in Jesus, you are a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20). We live on earth, but “we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13).
“God has promised to supply what we need, when we need it. He hasn’t equipped us for hypotheticals.”
“The trials of our life that make us crave the life-giving sustenance of the daily nourishment of Scripture are like the hunger pains that drive us to the daily food our bodies need to survive.”
“We would never choose suffering for ourselves. But when God allows suffering into our lives, he gives us opportunities to experience Jesus that we would not otherwise have.”
“God is not looking for us to express our need of him articulately before he will draw near to us to help us. God does not save us on the basis of our self-awareness or our insight; he lifts up those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18). When the most that we can do is cry, that is enough.”
“We can allow our waiting to drive us from God or to drive us to him. Our burdens exist to make us lean all our weight upon the Lord.”
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