Now that we’ve made it through the first 11 months of 2018, it’s a great time to hit the pause button and reflect on our experiences so far.
At a time like this, it is very tempting for you to look back on your life this year and mope at all the setbacks. Perhaps, something spiraled out of your control, you didn’t get your dream job, you experienced a major heartbreak, or all of your friends got engaged and you didn’t.
Regardless of the unfavorable experiences you may have encountered this year, the solution we have for each is the same: Let go and let God!
It’s very easy to feel dismal and miserable when you realize that everyone else has managed to achieve great things in 2018, except you. You’ve probably sat back and asked God, “When will my turn come?”
Well, we’re here to tell you that just because it didn’t happen this year doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen at all. And just because it’s happening for someone else doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen for you! Like the bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens”, so all you have to do is trust wholly in the Lord’s promise.
Let go of the worrisome thoughts and feelings of doubt, and let God perform His miracles and cater for your needs in His own timing.
The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop leaders and make them equipped for their purposes and destinies. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, and for 14,600 days, Moses kept waiting and asking, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “No.” Imagine waiting 80 years to fulfill something? That must have been an overwhelming challenge for Moses. But at the end of the day, God made him a powerful man in all the earth, and his time of “Delay” was completely worth it.
Another example is Habakkuk. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3, LB)
Meditate once more on these powerful bible verses, and try to remind yourself that whatever blessing you’re desperately waiting for is going to come, but only at the right time. It is never easy being held on a standstill, and for many of us, 2018 may have felt like one. But concerning whatever you have been waiting for all year round, please be reminded that delay is not denial. You’ve done your part. You’ve prayed hard enough. So let go and let God.
As the year winds down, we challenge you to stop worrying about what didn’t happen and focus on what did. Spend enough time this December appreciating your blessings, no matter how big or small. Hold your loved ones tight. Create lasting memories. Pat yourself on the back for all your hard work this year, and let go of all the mistakes, disappointments and setbacks.
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