Trust God In The Process
There are some things that God puts on our hearts that we get right away. Maybe like a big dream or project. Then there are other times, the majority of times, when God puts something on our hearts then makes us wait.
These can be frustrating times and can leave you wondering, “Did I really hear from God?” or “Is this really God’s plan for my life?”
I’ve been there and I feel like most believers have as well. The most common saying that I hear during these times fo waiting is “trust the process.”
The truth is that in the process of waiting God is preparing us. God is building our character and faith during these times in order to prepare us for what He has in the future.
Trusting God in the process reminds me of the story of David in 1 Samuel 16! David was chosen by God to be King of Israel but, as soon as Samuel anointed him as King, he went right back to tending the sheep.
If this was a movie, Saul would be kicked right off of his throne and David would immediately take over. But instead he went right back to tending sheep and playing the lyre because he was in a process of waiting for the Lord to prepare him for his calling.
God knew that some things needed to take place before David could become King and, in the same way, some things need to take place in our lives before we can step into the calling that God has for us.
A process is several actions or steps that need to take place before the final product.
The cool part of David’s story is that he needed to be in that process of waiting in order to actually become King! If David had not trusted God in the process and went back to playing the lyre, then he would have never been chosen to play for King Saul.
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”
The preparation has to come before the opportunity.
And if David had never been chosen to play the lyre for King Saul, then he wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to kill Goliath.
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
And if David hadn’t killed Goliath, Israel would have never accepted him as their King.
If David didn’t trust God in the process, he would have squandered the opportunity. But David did and it led him to fulfill the calling on his life from God and becoming the King of Israel!
You may also be in a season of waiting and wondering if God will ever come through on His promises. I want to encourage you with this: You can trust God in the process.
Trust that He is preparing you, molding you and strengthening you for His specific calling on your life and don’t rush it. Faithfully do what God has put in front of you and trust Him in the process.