One morning recently I woke up with Better Than by Bethel running through my head. It didn’t take me long to realise God was speaking to me. I love it when He speaks in this way. It’s such a gentle reminder that He knows, and that He speaks in many ways.

Better Than – Bethel Music

I was discouraged the day before, I can’t even remember what about anymore. I just remember I was discouraged. Probably because of things being delayed. It feels like that’s been the go a lot lately. I, like I’m sure many of you, had great dreams and plans for 2020, but COVID-19 came along and brought those to a halt.

And so I find myself waiting. Disappointed and waiting. And I also remembered there were some things I was waiting for pre-COVID that I am still waiting for.

But this particular morning I woke up with this song running through my head, specifically the line “It’s gonna be better than, better than, better than I could dream of”.

As I let those words sink in, reassurance came over me. Even thought I am waiting, it is going to be better than I could dream of.

But waiting isn’t easy. I have been waiting and I have been facing disappointment. This has led to great discouragement. But I realise that’s because in my waiting I have been facing the wrong way.

The morning when I woke up with Better Than running through my head, I read Isaiah 26:3. It says,

You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast (that is, committed and focused on You – in both inclination and character),
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You (with hope and confident expectation).

Isaiah 26:3 AMP

My facing the things I am waiting for and becoming disappointed because I only see their absence in my life, has caused me to become greatly discouraged.

But when I face God, the giver of those things, and when I set my mind upon Him, the discouragement fades away and I am enveloped in His peace.

Trust in God begets hope and confident expectation. It produces faith that God will do a great thing (Psalm 126:1-3), that He will work things out for good (Romans 8:28) and will far exceed anything I could think of or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

I cannot trust God and still dwell in worry and fear. If I do that, I am like a double-minded person, doubting, and I will not receive anything in the end (James 1:5-8).

Like oil and water, trust and worry do not mix. It’s one or the other, or nothing at all.

But if I make the decision to face God, to trust Him, and I set myself to do so, then I choose to align myself with His ways and His nature. I choose to focus on Him and to keep my eyes set on Him. I do not look to the right or the left or anywhere that I could find discouragement, but I keep my eyes fixed on Him, the One who is true to His word (Joshua 21:45) and who only has my best interests at heart (Luke 11:11-13).

And so that morning I made a decision. I made a decision to set my mind on God, and by extension to hope and confidently expect that He will make everything turn out better than anything I could dream of.

May I encourage you (and myself again) to make that same decision every day. The decision to unequivocally face God in the waiting, no matter how long it takes, and to trust and take refuge in Him from any disappointments and discouragements that may come in this time.

And while in it, He will keep us in His perfect peace.

Cover image by Kai Pilger on Unsplash

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