Everybody goes through a struggle at times. Knowing which way to go or what to do in certain situations is puzzling. An often used verse for encouragement in this area is Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (NKJV). Quoting a Bible verse is good, but following it is better.
By nature, we are not patient, especially when we want God to answer us immediately. Our Lord often delays his answer for our best interest. We do not understand his reasoning. But, if we wait for him to work his plan for our request, we will realize he knew best all along.
Trusting, waiting, and discerning are godly attributes that we can incorporate into our lives. Each of these three attributes is a lesson in making a worthwhile learning experience. Sadly, this lesson is not a one-and-done experience. Every time a crucial decision needs an answer, we should resort to the same process; Trust, wait and discern through prayer.
Romans 5:3 in the old King James states, “tribulation worketh patience.” Likewise, the ESV says, “suffering produces endurance.” Often our best learning experiences result from some trouble we endured: past experiences and the lessons grasped in those valleys. Hopefully, we learned them the first time without journeying through the same valley again.
God has a way of making discernment real, and the way he chooses for us to learn is for our betterment. So, then, when the needed lesson is behind us, we better discern the future to wait on the Lord.