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When Renew Means to Wait

| written by Laura Rath | 7 comments

When I think of the word renew, I think of something I can do. I can renew a library book or marriage vows. Renew means to take action—to make like new, or to begin again.

Except when renew means to wait.

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My word for this year is renew. God chose it for me and when He shared it with me, I knew it meant He would be the One to do the renewing.

It is totally in God’s character to bring renewal to His children and in the details of our lives. However, it’s not so much in my character to wait…but I’m learning.

When God says He will renew, I believe He means it. It also means He will decide what He makes new, when, and how. He will make it happen—His way and in His time.

It means I must wait. Patiently.

My Tyndale NLT Study Bible defines it this way:

“Wait (v) – to look forward expectantly; to stay in place in expectation of.”

I’m reminded that waiting does not mean doing nothing.

In this case, I’m looking forward to watching what God will do. I’m not rushing ahead, trying to bring about renewal on my own, because then it won’t be what God has planned. Instead, it will be what I think needs to be done, when and how I see fit.

From experience, I know that never works out so well.

So, I wait. I stay where God has me right now, watching and listening for the moment He says it’s time to move.

I trust God to bring restoration and make areas of my life new again. And for this reason, I wait patiently. (Or at least I’m trying to.)

I recently read a verse in Habakkuk that I keep going back to.

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. Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)

God’s promise for renewal is for a future time—a time only He knows. God’s timing is not my timing, which means it might feel like a long wait. But it will happen. In God’s perfect time.

Does God have you in a place of waiting right now?

What does waiting mean to you?

A daughter of the King, saved by His grace, Laura writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. She is a wife, mother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. Laura shares stories of her faith journey on her blog Laura Rath - Journey in Faith, and is a regular contributor for 5 Minutes for Faith and LifeNotes. You can also find her on Twitter @LauraJRath and Facebook.


Debbie Prater: I've been there a few times and I know it can be a tough place to be. Just stay close to Him. Get in His Word. Seek His face and not His hand and you'll see a great work done. He has a way of changing us through these waiting times. It can be a growth spurt for you. You are His beautiful handiwork. Reply

Brenda: Lovely, Laura. Prayers for you as you are in a holding place. Sometimes it can feel like all of life is a waiting space, and it probably is, if we're letting God lead. :) I was reading that verse not too long ago too and marveling over how it says: "...It will not be delayed." How I love that. By our standards...it feels like delay, but by His...it's right on time. Not a second late. Blessings to you. Happy to be visiting from the RaRa linkup today. ((hug)) Reply

    Laura Rath: Amen! He is always right on time. Thank you for visiting and for your comment Brenda. God bless! Reply

~Karrilee~: I love this... and I am not a great 'waiter' myself! I am learnng though, because - well, He is the boss of me and sometimes He just makes us wait! Something about His perfect timing and all of that! ;) Great post... great to find you over here! Reply

    Laura Rath: :) Thanks Karrilee. Glad to have you stop by! Reply

joni w: waiting is so hard and after 3 years i trying to figure out how deal with it. it seems you got to let go and wait for God to move you. Reply

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