Wrestling With When

What if you are not restless but you are in a wrestle? Many Christians who have been waiting on God are not restless, for if they were, they would be making their own way prosperous, building their own ministry, but what I am finding is people who are wrestling, not restless. To the naked eye, restless and wrestling may look the same, but I would propose to you, they are very different. Restless people can’t sit still, they are constantly needing activity, they must be doing something, so they do not look like they are not busy. People who are wrestling, stay where God has them, do what is put in front of them, but there is an ache in their heart, a desire placed in them by God, a door they are waiting to open and they are wrestling with God in ways most people can’t see.

What are they wrestling with? They are not wrestling with what they are created to do; they are not wrestling with how they will do it when given the opportunity; they are not wrestling with where it will arise from; and they are not wrestling with who God will use to bring it about. They are wrestling with when. When will it happen. They are wrestling with the wait, which is a wrestle with the when. Those who are waiting in jobs, waiting as women, waiting as older or younger, they are all wrestling with when. You know you are waiting on God with an ache in your heart if you are wrestling with when. When will the door open, when will God do what He said He was going to do, when will it be your turn, when will we see justice. When, when, when. This is the wrestle.

The Lord has a word for those wrestling with when from Isaiah 35:3-4 “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.” When God steps in, when God shows up, everything will change. Right after the when, is the then. Listen to Isaiah 35:5-6 “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah.” As soon as the wrestle with when ends, we will be part of the then. Amen!

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