by Mary Price
With social media usage at an all-time high in today’s culture, it’s typical to check out your newsfeed on Facebook and see that yet another couple has gotten engaged, gotten married, announced they’re expecting a baby, accepted a new job offer and are moving across the country together, etc. It’s very easy to focus on what other people have and get caught up in what you don’t have. I know that I have personally looked at what seems to be a perfect couple’s life on Facebook and thought: If I had a man to share my life with, everything would be so much better.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-13, “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” We must remember that the secret of contentment in life, whatever your circumstance, is through Jesus Christ. It can’t be found in a man, or a job, or a hobby; only through Jesus. As a single girl in her twenties in 2018, I can honestly say that it’s not easy. To quote a country song, it sometimes seems like “Everybody’s got somebody but me.” During this period of my life, I have learned three valuable lessons: 1) He’s in the waiting; 2) His timing is perfect; and 3) He is forever faithful.
He’s in the waiting… No matter what you’re waiting on—whether it is a new job, a long-awaited relationship, a financial blessing, a prodigal to return to the Father, or a transition in life—it is easy to be overcome with impatience and eagerness. These emotions often leave us feeling disappointed, until we reach the point where we start losing faith in whatever we are waiting on. Giving up completely may seem easier than continuing to press on. It is at that moment when our trust in God must override the fear and anxiety.
I once read that “Joseph waited 13 years, Abraham waited 25 years, the Israelites waited 40 years, Jesus waited 30 years. If you are waiting for something, God has put you in good company.” Psalms 46:10 instructs us to “Be still and know that I am God…” There is no reason to grow impatient. The Bible reassures us in numerous scriptures that the Lord will never leave us, and that we are never alone. He is walking with us every step of the way, and we can go to Him for comfort and guidance at any time. He’s in the waiting…
His timing is perfect… Have you ever waited for what seems like forever for something to take place? You pray and pray and pray some more, and then, when you’re least expecting it, it finally happens! I’m sure that Abraham and Sarah felt like they had been waiting forever for God’s promises to come to fruition too. In Genesis 18, we read about the time when the Lord promised them a son, even though they were far past the age of having children. Sarah even laughed when the promise was made. “Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, “Can an old woman like me have a baby?” Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son’” (Genesis 18:13-14, NLT). Sure enough, in God’s perfect timing, Sarah and Abraham were given a son, Isaac.
Sometimes, we as humans feel like we have our lives figured out. We develop a life plan, but when something does not go exactly as planned, we panic. We must remember that God’s timing is perfect. His ways are greater, His thoughts are higher, and His word says that His plans for us are good. Instead of trying to tell God what needs to happen when, let’s try being still and trusting in the Lord in all aspects of our life. His timing is perfect…
He is forever faithful… Sometimes in our day-to-day lives, it is good to be reminded that God is still God. He is still on the throne. He hasn’t forgotten about us and the trials we are going through. Psalms 117:2 (NLT) states: “For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the Lord!” So let us praise the Lord, whether we are on the mountain top or in the valley. Whatever our circumstance, we can rest assured in knowing that God is righteous, He is sovereign, He is omnipresent, and He is forever faithful.
Paul writes, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9, NLT). May we be strong women of God and remember that He’s in the waiting, His timing is perfect, and He is forever faithful. May we never forget to praise the Lord for His goodness, grace, and mercy—no matter what our marital status. May we choose to be content in whatever the circumstance. May we lead people to Christ not only at church, but through the way we live our lives for Him.
About the author // Mary is an Ohio native who moved to Texas after college. Her heart is in missions work and reaching people with Christ’s love.