In Chapter 6 (“Staying on Track: When the View Becomes Dark”) of Waiting on God, Charles Stanley states that it certainly is true that our wait can continue to be absolutely disheartening, especially when events don’t go our way or our burdens increase. To our finite vision, it may appear as if the Lord never will come through for us.
When our emotions leave us raw and fragile, the smallest criticism or words of unbelief from another person may leave us reeling with hopelessness because those words confirm our worst fears rather than being a support to us. We feel it is futile to go on and that there is little or no reason to try. We are plunged into the darkness of despair because our problems and pressures persist.
This brings us to Dr. Stanley’s fourth and final requirement of waiting on the Lord, courage. Dr. Stanley defines courage:
“Courage is a quality that enables us to endure suffering, danger, opposition, and the challenges of life steadfastly, fearlessly, and with confidence in God’s provision and protection. It is this attitude of courage that is stretched and refined in these painful times.”
Joseph faced his dark time in Egypt with courage and determination, even though conditions increasingly worsened for thirteen years before God raised him up to be a great leader. He stayed on track with God’s purposes and took hold of the truth that God would take care of him.
Today’s question: What Bible verses have bolstered your courage following your vocation loss? Please share.
Coming Monday: the new Short Meditation, “My Lifesong”