Maintaining Momentum in the Waiting
I really don’t enjoy waiting. Especially if it seems to go on and on and on….you get the picture. When I first had the idea for my book, I thought, “I’ll start framing the content and it will go pretty fast from there”. Well…it moved along, but it took twelve years. There were moments I thought my book would never get written. I prayed and even asked for help, but the framework sat there like a house waiting for Chip and Joanna.
For a while, I felt like I had lost momentum. It seemed like nothing was happening for this dream to come to fruition. I was discouraged.
I think King David may have felt that way shortly after he was anointed to be King over Israel. He was called and anointed but would wait for fifteen years before he would ascend to the throne.
Wait translated in the Bible means to “look patiently, to tarry or expect”, but it also means “to gather or collect”. And that’s just what David did. Although there was an expectation in seeing God’s word fulfilled, David used the time to gather momentum in extraordinary ways.
David maintained his momentum by learning to serve. He made the most of his in-between season. The anointing was there, but God would use the time to collect David's gifts that were still in hiding.
We can glean some amazing truths from David’s example.
He worshipped as he was being held back (1 Samuel 16:14-23). It is important that we keep our focus on Jesus and our heart true to the gift giver.
He was victorious over giants. Probably one of the most known stories of David, but I believe there’s more to it. Goliath’s name means “to uncover or reveal”. While there may be a pause to our desires, God can use it to uncover or reveal things that need to be addressed. Amidst the taunting and shaming from Goliath, David had a choice. Face it or run away, like most of the soldiers of Israel. There may be issues that surface that we need to address or it may kill our momentum altogether.
He learned to lead others. The Bible tells us in 1 Chronicles 11:10-47, that David had around thirty mighty men that followed him. A leader might be waiting to emerge, as delay positions you right where you are needed.
He honored Saul. Ok, this is a tough one. Saul was horrible to David. First, David could do no wrong. Saul even gave him one of his daughters in marriage and it would seem David was on the fast track to the throne. Nope. Saul was jealous and a little crazy. He would chase David for around eight years and in all that time, David never touched “God’s anointed” (1 Samuel 24:6).
Loved one, whatever place you are in right now, ask the Lord how you are to honor the promise. It could be a person that is in the way of you apprehending the dream. Or circumstances that are putting you on hold. My guess is that you are thinking of something right now that you feel is to blame. The waiting doesn’t have to get hijacked by apathy, bitterness, or resentment. Maintaining our momentum is achieved by looking to see the end result by faith.
“12 I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. 13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 (tPt)
David kept his focus and he became the greatest king over Israel. He maintained his momentum while waiting for his place on the throne. Oh yeah, and I finished my book and learned a lot along the way. Waiting doesn’t mean you have to stop altogether but to gather all that we need to apprehend the promise. If you are waiting for your dreams to come true, you can still maintain your momentum. Do what you can in the moments God gives you and you will find His Spirit is leading you into purpose.
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