What haven't you gotten yet?
I started a devotional and the contents of it stuck out to me. It read:
Anything that competes with, negates, or downplays God’s glory is in a perpetual state of misalignment. It’s out of order. God made all things to display his attributes, character, and power.
That convicted me. I've been praying for a blessing to come down for the past 2-3 years and God has still not given me an answer. But as I read this it all hit me - am I praying for the right thing that will glorify God? God wants the glory and the honor in absolutely everything that we do from our relationships down to the things that we talk about. All things should reflect who God is and how great He is. If it doesn't it's out of align and I don't want it.
I had to think does my request compete with God's glory and absolutely it does. So I guess at this point it's like what is that request and that request is to get into a relationship. I've felt as though I was ready for some time now and it's been apart of my daily prayers to God for Him to spend me a relationship. But as I've gotten glimpses of relationships I realized that they would become the center of my world and I started to derive my happiness from them as opposed to from God. In this season God has been building me up to trust Him, know Him, and fall more madly in love with Him. I'm learning that without Jesus at the center my life is out of alignment and that I am nothing without Him. I tried so many times to get fulfillment from other people, dreams, careers, friends, travel, social media, travel, you name it but none of them satisfied me. Nothing did until I gave my satisfaction over to God and put him at the center of it all.
Yeah that sounds great -- how do I do it? It's like how you would develop any other relationship, you make time for them. You spend time in God's word reading the Bible and allowing the Spirit to speak to you through certain verses. It's getting into a faith community in which you can be held accountable but also learn from one another on this spiritual journey. But the true test is examining how we are waiting for the things that we want. Are we impatient with the blessings God has for us and consumed with our wants that we don't focus on the things He's already blessed us with? I know I get impatient and I instantly want the blessings that God has in store for me. I'm encouraged by Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NLT) which says:
Then the Lord said to me,“Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
So stay encouraged. God has a vision for us for a future time, the keyword being future. We have to not be so focused on the end destination and trust God for the now. God is faithful on his promises and His word will never return to us void, so hold on it will surely take place and it won't be delayed. Keep up hope and know that joy comes in the morning, just hold on.