Whatever situation or circumstances we may be facing – it’s not always easy to believe God will work it out, or to simply take Him at His Word.  However, we have to build our faith; we have to believe, in spite of what we see or how we feel!  We are encouraged to hold on to our faith (Hebrews 10:23);  to be unshakable in what we believe (in what God has said).

While we are allowing Him to work it out, What Do We Do in the Interim?

What do we do while we are waiting for the answers, waiting for whatever we are believing to happen, to come to fruition?  It can be a challenge to continue to stand your faith grounds even after you have released your faith.

Sometimes we waiver in our faith/in what we believe; sometimes we are like the father whose son was demon possessed who said “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief “. (Mark 9:24).

Sometimes when things don’t happen when “we” think it should, we throw in the towel.  Sometimes we dig up our spiritual seeds to even see if they are growing.

But, what can we do in the interim when we are waiting for the promises of God to manifest?

It’s easier to tell others what to do when … but when the shoe is on the other foot…

In the book of 1 Samuel, we meet a woman name Hannah; Hannah is one of two wives to a man named Elkanah.  Hannah had no children, while the other woman did (and she would taunt Hannah because of it).  Each year they all traveled to Shiloh to make their sacrifice to the Lord at the Tabernacle.

One year on the trip Hannah was crying, she wasn’t eating …her husband tried to comfort her but she wasn’t having it.  She went over to the Tabernacle after dinner to pray; she was so distraught. As she was praying, Eli the Priest was watching her; her lips were moving but no words were coming out of her mouth.  Eli thought she was drunk and told her as much.  She let him know that she was not drunk but very sad, she was praying, pouring her heart out to God with great pain and sorrow.

Eli said to Hannah, “Cheer up! May the Lord God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.  Oh, thank you, sir! She exclaimed.  Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.”  1Samuel 1: 17 & 18 NLT

And as we know, according to the Scriptures, her request was granted; it took some action on her part (as well as her husband’s) to see the fulfillment of that promise coming to past, but in due season…

 What Do We Do in the Interim?

We all get sales papers in the mail or through the newspaper, etc…sometimes there are some pretty amazing sales; sometimes so amazing that we will call someone else to inform them, right?

What if a major department store sent out a written advertisement/sales paper announcing a special sale on their top of the line washer and dryer for only $99.00 for the set; now how many of us would be in line…even if we didn’t need a new washer or dryer.  We’d be in line to get our mama a set, our sister or whoever; come on now, they’re $99.00 a set.

As we arrive at the department store because of what was advertised; even if we believed that it was a misprint, we would demand to speak with a manager if the salesperson assisting us said anything otherwise.

We were not 100% sure that the advertisement was true, but we acted on what was written.

Well, God has a Book of advertisements, announcing some pretty great deals.  The One who is advertising can back up anything that’s advertised. WHY DON’T WE PUT AS MUCH STOCK INTO WHAT HE ADVERTISES RATHER THAN WHAT MAN HAS TO SAY OR ADVERTISE OR EVEN THE LIES OF THE ENEMY?

God is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He has to repent (Numbers 23:19); if He said it, He will make good on His advertisement.

Hannah went through some heartache, some pain, disappointment, ridicule, etc.  She put her petition before the Lord and in due season, she got the desires of her heart.

At the appointed time…but there were some things she needed to do after she got the conformation that her request would be granted.

What Do We Do in the Interim?

Continue to stand on the Word! Continue to confess the Word!  Continue to praise God!  Continue to worship God! He is Infinite, Sovereign…HE IS SO LIKE THAT!!!!! AWESOME, THAT IS!!!!!

We need to continue to believe in spite of what it looks like.  In the natural, it didn’t look like the desires of Hannah’s heart were going to come to past.

Do your part, whatever it is that you are suppose to be doing, DO IT and then stand still and see the salvation of the LORD (Exodus 14:13)!

What Do We Do in the Interim?

Having done all, (whatever you need to do) STAND!!! And, in due season…Ephesians 6:13

Elder Wardine Walton