Habakkuk’s Prayers

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Habakkuk 1:1-17, Psalm 13:1-6, Acts 13:40-41

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-17, Psalm 13:1-6, Acts 13:40-41

It wasn’t until I was in college studying grammar and literature that I realized something: the word “wait” is an action verb. Something is happening, something is in motion—even when the word itself implies stasis. To wait on someone means to serve them by being actively present, even without words. In Habakkuk 1, waiting abounds. The people of God are waiting for an answer, and God is waiting until the time is right. Neither wait is wrong, still, or without action.

Habakkuk says the law is “paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (1:4, ESV). To God’s people, it feels as though they are stuck in the perpetual motion of law-keeping, not seeing any hope of the future God has promised them. They stand, waiting and begging, imploring the God of the universe to hear and answer and save.

God is also waiting, and His waiting is perfect within His predetermined time. He is not being pushed to any limit, and He is not worried about being too early or too late. He is present, even though He may appear silent. And His waiting is good, even though it may feel punitive to His people.

I’m sure you’re waiting for something today. Just in the time I’ve written these last three paragraphs, three different individuals I know walked up to me here, at the coffee shop where I’m working. Each lamented different things they have begged God to see and act on, yet they feel He has remained silent toward their suffering.

I am waiting for things, too. We are all waiting for something, and it can be very tempting to believe we are the only ones waiting. We can feel paralyzed in the waiting, left feeling that God is either ignorant of our pleas or intentionally avoiding an answer for us. But wait is a verb, and it is not one without action. God is at work in your waiting, and you are at work in it, too. Cry out to Him like Habakkuk, asking:

“How long, LORD, must I call for help
and you do not listen
or cry out to you about violence
and you do not save?” (v.2).

Do not be afraid to bring Him your questions and emotion. God can handle your fear. He is rock solid and unchanging, but He is also acting, right now, on behalf of His children.


Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, and tweets and instagrams at @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

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  1. Betsy Witt says:

    My church is going through Habakkuk right now and I thought this study might help me have a deeper understanding. I came across this verse today and it is filled with sick hope! I live in a country where openly sharing the gospel is not allowed, and it is such a wonderful reminder that God is at work even when we cannot see it.

    “Look among the nations, and see;
    wonder and be astounded.
    For I am doing a work in your days
    that you would not believe if told. – Habakkuk 1:5

  2. Betsy Witt says:

    My church is going through Habakkuk right now and I thought this study might help me have a deeper understanding. I came across this verse today and it is filled with sick hope! 5 “Look among the nations, and see;
    wonder and be astounded.
    For I am doing a work in your days
    that you would not believe if told. – Habakkuk 1:5

  3. Amy Leggitt says:

    Waiting to see what gifts and truths my daughter will soon understand in the church and hopefully can lead her to a relationship with Christ.

  4. Amy Leggitt says:

    Waiting to see what gifts I can bestow upon my church and my people

  5. Alicia says:

    6 months into this pandemic and we are all still waiting. But He keeps continually reminding me that He is still in control, still good, and still present. This is still a timely word and just the encouragement I needed!

  6. Abigail Tarpley says:

    Such a good word for this time of pandemic. God is not being passive, or refusing to act. He is aware of our suffering, and is actively moving for our good—even in the waiting.

    1. Kat Cowell says:

      I’m doing this plan at the moment as well, and I agree Abigail! A really timely word that both encourages us to cry out to God in our pain as we see suffering and injustice abound in our world, but also a call to trust that He hears and sees and knows what He’s doing. And it is always for our good and His glory. Waiting is hard, but I think it becomes a little bit easier when we remember the character of our gracious, faithful, compassionate God.

  7. Samantha Johnson says:


  8. Stephanie Farenik says:

    This morning my friends and I were discussing waiting, and how it’s better described as “preparation.” This truth hit home today. Thank you.

  9. Alexis Elrod says:

    Those days when it just speaks to you! Feeling called out in a good way ♥️

  10. Amanda Torres says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Currently waiting on some (hopefully) good news and I was getting a bit tired of it. But God has a perfect solution, so I’ll keep waiting in the process.

  11. Samantha Aleman says:

    Were often told to actively wait- kinda an oxymoron realizing that to wait is actually taking action. lord thank you for being a God who not only rejoices when we sing your praises but rejoices when we bring our sorrows, pain, and frustration- even in that we are bringing everything to you so that you may show us your way.

  12. Kelle Anne says:

    I love this, wait = action verb!

  13. S F says:

    A timely devotional as I am in the midst of a recruitment process and am feeling paralyzed by waiting and indecision. Had been praying that I wouldn’t make a decision dominated by fear. So helpful to be reminded He can deal with my fear and see the big picture far more adequately than I.

  14. Stephanie says:

    “God can handle your fear.” LOVE that. What a great reminder that God is the one we should feel the most comfortable coming to with our questions and emotions. He made those emotions and is more than equipped to handle them.

  15. Maiya Howard says:

    And again I’m brought back to this word, “wait”. “What am I doing while I wait?” That is the question I ask myself constantly because it was asked of me. I am waiting for God to show up in my finances right now as a missionary, but while I wait, I am sharing with as many people as I can, and also choosing to be a blessing wherever I can. I want God to use me in every area/a venue

    1. Brittany Temple says:

      Yes!!!! I feel the same and I am waiting in the same way. It’s easy to feel like your the only one going through something and the wait can be truly hard. I’m glad to know that I have sisters who are waiting in the same fashion! ❤️

  16. Jen Nohrenberg says:

    This is amazing. Praise Jesus

  17. Mai says:

    Thank you Lord for letting me read this devotion. Thank you also to the writer whom God used. I have only realized that when I am waiting, GOD IS ALSO WAITING. I am not alone even if I feel that I am.

  18. Chi Umunna says:

    Your comment spoke life to me. Thank you

  19. Sarah Stubblefield says:

    This really opened my eyes. I have never viewed or heard that wait is an action word. I’m definitely waiting on things, and hoping for things… and sometimes it feels endless. But the God who created us, knitted us together knows us better than we know ourselves. Thank you for this. ♥️

  20. Janice says:

    I am so glad I logged onto this devotional today. It is so encouraging and I know God has a plan. He sees the “big picture”.
    I haven’t been on the site in a while, other things going on. But at the moment in my Group, we’re studying “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer, and this week in our study, she mentioned Habakkuk. I didn’t know much about this book, so I looked it up and starting reading. Then I got an email from “She Reads Truth”, and it mentioned the study at the moment and Habakkuk, which led me here.
    I have been praying a long time for guidance in my marriage and I am so encouraged by the responses here to know I’m not alone.
    Maybe I am “Discerning the Voice of God!”

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      We’re so glad that you’re here reading along with us Janice. We’re praying for you and are so grateful that you’re a part of our community. -Margot, The SRT Team

  21. Natalie Foudray says:

    I’m just catching up on this reading. Today really made me stop and think. It spoke to me. I’m really struggling in my marriage, coming close to calling it quits. I feel like I have been praying for a love, a passion, a desire to continue for so long. It’s literally been years of prayers. I’ve recently felt like maybe God doesn’t hear me. Maybe He doesn’t care. I’ve been lost and unsure of what to do. Everything in me wants to quit and run….”How long must I wait Lord?”

    1. Valerie Haberkorn says:

      Don’t give up! The Lord IS near to all who call on Him. He sees your broken heart and wants to help you heal. Trust in His goodness and in His faithfulness.

      As for marriage – my husband and I have been marriage almost 14 years, but 5 years ago we almost called it quits as well. It was HARD to fight to not give up. One big thing that helped was to change my perspective – asking myself – how can I serve my husband today? How can I love him more like Christ today?

      I will be praying for you. Trust that the Lord is near. I pray you see a breakthrough soon.

    2. Monique Cloete says:

      In my journey I have realised that when I felt that way, it was time to get even closer to God and ask Him to change my heart, to change the way I see my husband, to see Him through His eyes.. Through months of prayer, having faith, and making the choice to love my husband even when my feelings are not catching up, things changes. He has definitely changed, but it is me who has changed the most… Show grace…have faith, don’t expect him to be perfect..and choose to love him in his imperfectness..

    3. Debbie Dodge says:

      Hello Natalie I went through the same thing in 2010 my husband asked for a Divorce while I was out of state taking care of my dying mom I was gone for almost a year I didn’t understand I was angry I was hurt so I started seeing a Christian counselor she helped me take care of me and work on myself by helping me to stay focused on Godand not on my problems I became the woman I once was. I had put other people before my husband and he had been hurt. the more I worked on myself the better our relationship became our relationship is better than ever and I’m still seeing a Christian counselor occasionally to help me keep God as my center

    4. Jill Ravensborg says:

      I’ve been challenged by my small group- from my church- to literally pray scripture. Example, I pray that ____ may comprehend what is the breadth & length & depth of the love of Christ and be filled with the all fullness of God.

  22. Allison Segal says:

    My husband and I are going through a tough time. His pornography addiction was recently exposed and my hearth is completely raw. I have some many insecurities flooding my mind on a daily basis, and I just want to be out of this perpetual wheel of pain and heartache. I know God has a purpose for everything, but I can’t help but wonder why it had to be such a painful journey.

    1. J V says:

      Allison, I have been where you are. Praying for you that your husband can humble his heart and repent.

  23. Krystal Pezzulo says:

    I have never stopped to consider that “wait” is a verb. It truly changes how I feel about waiting on the Lord and His timing for the better.

  24. Ana Lisa Johnson says:

    Wow, so good!

  25. Karen says:

    I like that waiting does not mean lack of action. During seasons of waiting, I can draw closer to God, study his word, and learn patience through the process of waiting. God’s timing is always perfect!

  26. Lo says:

    I never thought about waiting this way, but it’s true. Waiting has action and I’m so thankful to have read this today.

  27. Meredith Wittrock says:

    “Wait is an action verb. Something is happening, something is in motion…” I love this! A good reminder for me!

  28. Heather PrayMinnoch says:

    Wow. This is so timely. I have been waiting, getting frustrated about a certain situation in my life and wondering if God is listening. I’m thankful for this reminder that God IS present and there is learning in the waiting, and that waiting is active. I’m so ready for an answer but I will wait upon the Lord.

  29. Kathryn Green says:

    This was really good, thank you. And the timing of this message is, as usual with our wonderful and perfect God, uncannily right on time. Thank You. I will sing the Lord’s praises for He has been good to me.

  30. Janna Jackson says:

    Waiting is such a temporal term. What is a long time to one person may be a relatively short for another. There are some things in my life that I feel like I am waiting on or hoping to see fulfilled. God is sovereign and his timetable and plan is so much better than what I could make up. The Christian life in any season is full of abiding in Jesus, obeying His Word and in trusting him. If I don’t focus on the waiting but change my perspective…oh how my outlook would change.

    1. Laurie Crary says:

      Thank you for these encouraging words. Bless.

  31. Naomi says:

    I’ve recently had back surgery and this has taught me so much about myself. How I like to do things myself, how I like to be incontrol but this is a time of healing a time of waiting. Waiting for the scars to heal. Waiting on God for his direction as changes in management occur at my work while I heal. Waiting to see how my body responds to the surgery long term. I am beginning to understand that waiting is an active verb as you so clearly explained. In this time it means stilling myself and letting go of my ambitions trusting God that he will hold all things together and that it will work according to his plans and not mine.

  32. Abigail S says:

    Needed this today.

  33. Tess Rhue says:

    I desperately needed to read this today, and to be reminded of God’s grace and love. I, too, am currently struggling while in my waiting period while working for a company that is shady, unfair and terrible to their employees. I struggle daily with having to work for these people, but God continues to tell me to keep showing them the love of Christ. So I do. Day after day while I pray and patiently wait on God to deliver me out of it. It’s so hard and can definitely feel at times so lonely.

  34. Sarina says:

    I too find myself in the waiting period since long. I’m waiting for my children to come back to the Lord. I know God is in control and He is working. Please pray.

  35. Emily Jacobs says:

    For a lot of my life I have been in a season of waiting for a boyfriend. I have always had the desire to be in a relationship with a Godly man who loves the Lord above all else and treats me right. This past January, I finally got that after years of waiting. I sincerely thought he was the man I was going to marry, but then in August he broke up with me. And I was absolutely devastated. I couldn’t tell you how many times in the past few months I have cried out to God, wondering where on earth He is and why He would let me go through such pain and heartache. But recently I have begun to realize that pain and heartache are inevitable in this broken world…The amazing thing about God is that He is turning my pain into something good. His plan for my life is still good, despite my broken heart, and He will use this season of pain for His ultimate good. Even though I don’t know why this happened, I know that He has a reason and that His plan is wayyy better than what I have planned for myself. So here’s to trusting God in another season of waiting, knowing that even when my circumstances constantly change, His faithfulness and goodness will ALWAYS remain.

    1. Sarah Cortez says:

      You are so strong Emily! I pray that the Holy Spirit guides you in the path that God has set for you.

    2. Laurie Crary says:


  36. Yahira Konwent says:

    It’s easy to think of waiting in a negative light, but waiting can also be beautiful. God is doing wonderful things for my family right now, yet we have constantly gone from one waiting season to another. Waiting for ‘the’ job opportunity to move. Waiting for our house to sell. Waiting to re-establish in our new town. Waiting. I remind myself each day that God has already gone before us, so even though our future is unknown (which can be scary) to me, He already knows!!

  37. Dorothy says:

    Waiting is a hard thing to do. I remember the longest wait I had was when they were looking for my son and 21 hours after he went into the creek they found his body. That was a long hard time but I had the Lord with me as well as family and friends.

    1. Lana Imm says:

      Oh my goodness! That sure had to have been the longest wait and certainly the hardest thing ever to endure! I am sure sorry that you experienced that. I could not even begin to even understand your pain! I will keep you in my prayers continually for you comfort and peace.
      Question did this ever affect you relationship with God

    2. Tina says:

      Sending love and hugs friend.. ❤

  38. Steph C says:

    “God is at work in your waiting, and you are at work in it, too. Cry out to Him like Habakkuk … Do not be afraid to bring Him your questions and emotion. God can handle your fear. He is rock solid and unchanging, but He is also acting, right now, on behalf of His children”. So many times I still feel like I have to get my act together before I talk to God. Like I’m in English class and we’re past the rough draft stage. But God sees my mess. He knows my heart. He sees the fears that trouble my mind. This is how He tells me to come to Him. In need of His mercy and grace. Confident in His love and faithfulness. Resting in knowing that I am His and that He has a plan for my life.

    1. Kate Green says:


    2. Sharon Willeford says:


  39. Lisa says:

    I felt like Habakkuk was writing this today. The first part of chapter 1 sounds like something I would pray given our current world. It seems that throughout time, Godly people have prayed the same prayers and made the same case before the Father. Lord see us, Lord hear our cries for help and our need for you. Help us wait for your divine intervention.

    1. Ashley Thomas says:

      I had this same feeling! I pray daily for God to put an end to all the senseless violence

  40. Alexis says:

    This! I love this! Thank you so much for your words this morning. It took me a while to understand that waiting is not passive; it is a verb. It is your faith in action.

  41. Cynthia Johnston says:

    Thank you for this study in the Minor Prophets! I prayed Habakkuk’s prayer back to God today as I wait in a situation that has going on for years. I cried out to God the Psalm in our reading. Such peace has flooded my soul in the waiting!

  42. PamC says:

    As I was reading these verses today my thought was that it could have been written today. “Their views of justice & sovereignty stem from themselves”. (V7) “They are guilty; their strength is their god”. (V11) The Word is living and active.

  43. Brittany NicoleGray says:

    I was literally just tell my boss (yesterday) that God told me my word for the year was “action” but he was also constantly telling me to “be still”. I was SO confused, but now I get it! He is challenging me to be faithful in the waiting, to keep serving him and know that HE is faithful to his word. So good!

  44. C says:

    I’ve recently come to the end of a very long, painful season of waiting. I made a playlist for myself of songs that speak specifically about waiting on God as a way of preaching to myself. I have found thebest way to fight our feelings of loneliness, hurt, paint, etc. is to praise Him through it.

    Reading this today reminded me of one of my songs on the playlist- “Take Courage” by Bethel Music.

    The chorus says:
    “Take courage my heart
    Stay steadfast my soul,
    He’s in the waiting.
    Hold on to your hope, as your triumph unfolds,
    He’s never failing.”

    Hope this brings some encouragement to someone this morning!

    1. Alexis says:

      I love that song! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Megan Dormond says:

    This passages spoke to me today as I am waiting for an answer about a friendship that has been recently damaged. I pray everyday for God to restore my friend to me and for things to get better, but some days I question if it’s his will. How do I know when the answer is “no” and I should stop praying and waiting for something to happen?

    1. Bunny says:

      Don’t stop praying, keep asking and you will find the answer. It took a major accident for me to finally hear Jesus. It might be a little thought that pops in your head without you thinking about it. Keep strong!

  46. T Fuller says:

    I believe I posted a couple weeks ago about “Sitting & Waiting”. This is so much confirmation for me. I’ve been waiting for something to happen differently in my marriage for a month now. I feel like a failure as a wife. My husband and I don’t think we realized until after marriage how we are two broken people still breaking each other. It hurts! I’ve cried daily! I’ve prayed daily! I’ve confessed my sins and failures both to God and my husband. As my husband has accepted forgiveness but yet still unsure about moving forward. So much has happened over the last few months and I start to question God. I feel just like Habakkuk crying out to God with my fears and why’s—But then I’m reminded of how God can work the impossible. How the waiting time is just for us to get closer to him..

    How he can break and rebuild.
    How he can restore and renew.
    How he can change things in a day or within minutes.
    How he can soften hearts, give a new love, and mend broken hearts.

    I’m reminded of the history of things that he has done for me. That alone brings me so much peace because I’ve waited before and his promises never failed. Nor did he leave forsake me. I know my marriage is important to him as it is to us. It’s just the “process”waiting for the newness to come.

    I am also praying for a new job that is full filled on their promises. It has been a headache going through interviews and given broken promises and come back and say “oh never mind…We are putting the job on hold or we decided to do something else”. I have snot worked full time in almost a year. I need to be able to sustain and help provide for myself and my home. It is so hard! So lonely. So challenging. So frustrating. So cold so days!!! With my husband not being here and or being supportive in this moment, I have no one to trust but God. I don’t even know where I will live in the next few weeks or month.. BUT

    “Though he SLAY me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
    -Job 13:15 (KJB)

    Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
    -Luke 22:42 (NIV)

    “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne!” -Hebrews 12:2 (CEV)

    “Weapons made to attack you won’t be successful; words spoken against you won’t hurt at all. My servants, Jerusalem is yours! I, the LORD, promise to bless you with victory.” -Isaiah 54:17 (CEV)

    “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”-Zechariah 4:6

    Thank you God in advance for your Grace, Mercy, & Glory to reign upon me. Thank you for a job to come not just this week, but TODAY God!! I’ve seen you do it before and I know you will do again with complete and full promises! It will have not just the pay, but hours feasible for my duties as a wife, complete tools provided to work from home. I’m standing and crying on your promises for provisions to be made for bills, food, and anything else needed to sustain! For keep my mind stayed on you and keep me in perfect peace. Wash my marriage white as snow. Clean up the mess from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet! In Jesus name!

    Please keep my husband and I in your prayers as we walk through this season of waiting, and believing God for a financial breakthrough. I’ve asked God to give me the strength and courage to fight for my marriage until it is the WAY HE WANTS it to BE! And that alone is a part of this waiting process! God Bless you all.

    God Bless you all & Thank you for this platform to share!

    1. T Fuller says:

      Sorry for the type .. *not instead of snot”. :)
      We are also believing for newness in each new of our hearts and that my husband can come out his fear and unsureneass and praying his encounter with God will open his eyes during this desperation to realize how important it is. I’m realizing how scary it is because he has been in a physical and verbally abusive relationship before so when we argue, our words shared add more fear and are not feasible to God’s ears or eyes. God has to be the core center of this! That is the only way it can work!

    2. Susan Myers says:

      In my prayers.

    3. Kimberly says:

      Praying for provision and for your marriage! Hurt people hurt people. Seeking heeling for your own broken places first is a good way to heal your marriage. You and your husband may need to work on issues separately before you can work on your issues together. A good Christian counselor may be a tool God would use to help you heal as an individual so that you can heal as a couple. Since finances are tight, check to see if any Churches in your area have a counseling ministry. Those that do usually help anyone, no matter whether you attend their church or not. Grace, grace to you and your husband, T!

    4. Dorothy says:

      My prayers for you. I know what it’s like to live wondering how you will pay your bills and working part-time when you need full-time. The Lord is with you.

    5. Tina says:

      Praying dear sister… Praying…in love and hope …❤

    6. Gina Snow says:

      Reading your post was like looking in a mirror. Aside from looking for a job (God provided marvelously! He will provide for you too!), I am right there with you. My marriage is disintegrating, I have failed often and failed hard. It seems my husband wants nothing more to do with me. But there is hope! Your post encouraged me! And know you’re not alone, T! If you need/want a prayer partner, email me— [email protected]

  47. Mari V says:

    I have been blessed with the most godly mentor. The older she’ll teach the younger. I am not young but this woman is old enough to be my mother. She always points me to God. And when I come with questions she’ll say to me, “ ask God”. Or should I even say “have you asked God”. I’m grateful for my mentor it but always points me to God.

  48. Lindsey Bailey says:

    6I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

    5But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

    I give God my worries and questions when I am waiting. I lay them upon His shoulders. In faith I trust Him with my troubles. He lifts the heaviness and replaces it with a song. In my waiting, I can choose to take on all of the heaviness or give it to the Lord. Waiting truly is an action. God is not afraid of our feelings or doubts. Let us recognize them and lay them at His feet. Our hearts will be free to rejoice and sing to the Lord even in the midst of uncertainty and heartache. His love is steadfast.

  49. Jennifer Martin says:


  50. Mandy Sorge says:

    SRT Family, please pray for me this week as we wait for more details on my father’s cancer diagnosis. It is so hard to wait but also scary to think about what’s next. Pray for me to trust His will and find a way to make this Waiting actionable.

    1. Maura says:

      Praying for you Mandy and for your father. Our God is faithful. It is good that waiting is an action, you are waiting on the One who knows and deeply, incredibly wholly loves you and your Dad. Lean in He is holding you.

    2. T Fuller says:

      Will be praying with and for you Mandy! The unkonwn is always scary but we will trust God in this season! We are believing for a miracle, cancer removed, new life and a testimony!!

    3. Corrina Valle says:

      Mandy my prayers are with you. Understand that cancer is not of God. I cling to the word that those who are with Him hold the signs of healing the sick and cast out demons(Mark 16). We must take on that authority He has given us and command that sickness to go. It is Not kingdom. Therefore I command cancer flee from his body, we command healing to come and invade in Jesus name, Amen!

    4. She Reads Truth says:

      Thank you for sharing Mandy. Our team will definitely be praying for you and your family during this time. We’re so grateful that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

    5. Dorothy says:

      Praying for you and family. Put your trust in the Lord your Heavenly Father.

  51. Montee Wellman says:

    I’m going to share this with my son who is waiting for an answer to something. Thank you for these words. I will think of this when I’m in my next “waiting moment” or use it when trying to help someone in theirs.

  52. Sue says:

    What does Habakkuk do when troubled?
    He brings his questions directly to God.

    What does David do in Psalm 13 when distressed?
    He goes to God.

    May I follow their example and may I always bring my questions and concerns to God.

    And may I trust Him, even when he doesn’t answer immediately, so I can be like David and say:

    “But I have trusted in your faithful love;
    My heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
    I will sing to the Lord
    Because he has treated me so generously.”

    1. T Fuller says:


    2. Dorothy says:


  53. Churchmouse says:

    What a great reminder to “verb” – alize our questions and emotions in the waiting seasons of life. God gave us all these wonderful emotions to express who we are and to express our faith and trust and hope in Him. Waiting seasons are a good time to plunge deep and express what’s in our hearts- all of the conflicting thoughts and emotions that reside there. The Holy Spirit is good at helping to sort them out. Then we lay them at the foot of the cross where we’re reminded of His predominate emotion so vividly demonstrated: love. Only love. In the waiting seasons, in the joyful seasons, in the grieving seasons, in the challenging seasons, His desire is that we would persist in His love. Believe it. Hold on to it. We never have to wait for it. It is already there. Always.

    1. T Fuller says:

      “We never have to wait for it, its already there” .. The perfect way to describe Gods love for us! Thank you for this! Amen

  54. Kelly Chataine says:

    Waiting is an action verb. New realization for me.

    Waiting for my final two interviews (this Thursday).
    Waiting for the time that I feel like a wife again.
    God is good! He is on the move!

    1. Sue says:

      Waiting is an action verb.
      I also love this concept.

      Praying for you as you ‘actively wait’ for what God has in store for you on the next step of your journey.

    2. Dorothy says:

      I will be praying for you Kelly.

  55. Allison says:

    Thank you SRT or doing s study on these minor prophets. They are had, confusing at times, and probably often the dustiest part of our Bibles, because they are skipped over. This message of waiting today is a profound truth! Thanks for this insight!

    1. Allison says:

      *for doing a study. Should proof before hitting add comment. :)

    2. She Reads Truth says:

      We’re so glad that you’re here reading along with us Allison! -Margot, The SRT Team

  56. Kaila says:

    This was the reminder I needed to keep trusting in the Lord and His perfect timing. I’ve been waiting on a new job opportunity, and can be confident that God is working behind the scenes and will lead me to that new opportunity when He is ready.

    1. Dorothy says:

      That is so true, Kaila. You may think it is the right opportunity but wait to see what the Lord says.

  57. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    I’m waiting. Praying and waiting. Waiting for my three adult children to realize their need for Jesus, to accept His free gift of salvation. And then, for my precious five grandchildren, all under 7, to come to know Him as Lord and Savior. Please pray with me in this waiting.
    Have a blessed day Sisters!

    1. Amy Wolfe says:

      Praying for your precious children and grandchildren as I pray for my brother and his wife.

    2. Kelly Chataine says:

      Just prayed for you, your children, and grandchildren. Thank you for trusting the SRT community with your heart.

    3. Jeannie Myers says:

      Praying with you right now, Tricia.

    4. Lauren Gau says:

      Praying with you, Tricia!

    5. Heather Nistler (MNmomma) says:

      joining you in prayer as I pray fervently for our middle son (freshman in college), that he come to love the Lord….and that our other two boys continue to pursue the Lord and seek to know Him more…

    6. Mamajonk says:

      Praying along with you for your children, as I pray for my son and his family.

    7. SuzD says:

      Praying for your children as well as my daughter.

    8. Alexis says:

      Praying for you and your family.

    9. Dorothy says:

      I will pray with you. I’m waiting for my son, niece and nephew to return to Christ.

    10. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

      Thank you Sisters. And I am praying for your loved ones as well. ❤️

  58. Tochi Heredia says:

    You’re doing a work I won’t be able to believe.

    My life is a testimony of the truthfulness of that promise. I’ve seen the Lord astound me with His will time and time again.
    Why is it that I forget that?
    Why do I need things to be certain way for me to believe He is for me?

    Lord, I’m pained by my sin and stubbornness. I don’t want to be like those people Habakkuk describes that worship the work of their own hands. I also want to experience that wonderful trust and astonishment in the work of Your hands, not mine or men’s. Please, Father, help me to be faithfully expectant of the things You’re doing. I want to be astonished by Your plans and not disappointed when things don’t go my way.

    1. Kelly Chataine says:


    2. Brandi says:

      ❤️. Yes!

    3. Heather Nistler (MNmomma) says:


    4. PamC says:

      Amen & Amen

    5. Dorothy says:


  59. Rachel says:

    Tina, what an incredible story!! and Lore – have you been reading my jounal?? :) loved this reminder today to do the busy work of waiting, and to do it well. God’s part is the working, mine is in worship, hoping and trusting.

  60. Tina says:

    Oh my goodness Lore,This is so what my heart needed to hear and be reminded of, and my eyes needed to see.. and read!
    Waiting is not the easiest.. giving up.. on the other hand… because we want it whatever we are waiting for… yesterday!
    But God..

    Oh But God…

    My mother, an only child turned 80 this year, and for the last 3/4 years has suffered with vascular dementia… a little piece of the mother I remember disappearing slowly but surely as the days and weeks go by.. she still recognises us prsise God, but often sits in a world of her own…she hasn’t spoken to us for probably over a year…

    A little over a year ago my brother decided he wanted to find out our ancestry! Won’t bore you with the results but, he found out we had relatives in Canada. Further investigation revealed that they weren’t just relatives they were more connected to the point of aunties! A parents sibling!
    My mother the only child, who had 9 pregnancies, because she never wanted her children to ever be alone, had three sisters living in Canada!
    The sisters flew over 4 weeks ago and what a moment, what a time spent.. what joy through tears as I write, because on that day my mother was ‘alive’,present, knowing and taking in these beautiful women who had flown over to meet their older sister!
    My prayer knowing this visit was happening was that there would be a connection, and my God there was..!!!
    Why I tell you this… waiting is hard.. difficult and there may come a point where the idea of giving up comes to mind.. But God.. HE never sleeps, He is still working on the dream, the hope we have even when we might have long given up… in mum’s case He gave my brother the baton that United these sisters and praise God, my mother, in her last days the sisters she always dreamed about, but had long given up on..
    Waiting is hard..

    But God…
    Oh But, Praise God.

    Praise God.
    Thank you God that you are… Thank you Lord God.. thank you.

    Sending love and hugs wrapped in prayers in the waiting, Sisters..He is GOOD.. xx

    1. Kristen says:

      Wow! What an awesome gift of God’s love for your mom. He is always working and caring! It’s just like God to intervene that day, so the meeting could be sweet! Praise Him! Thanks for blessing us with your thoughts and prayers on so many days, Tina! God is using you!

    2. Tochi Heredia says:

      Ugh, Tina!
      This is so wonderful and beautiful and joyous and incredible!
      What an amazing God we have, what amazing gifts he gives!

    3. Churchmouse says:

      So happy for you, your mom, your entire family! What a gift from God!!

    4. Kelly Chataine says:

      My heart goes out to you. My sweet Momma is 77 and is dealing with dementia. At this point, it is more accurate to say that my dad and the entire family are dealing with dementia. My mom doesn’t think she has any children. She calls me Suzy and thinks I am a friend from the past. I could allow my heart to be broken but she doesn’t mean to cause hurt. She doesn’t remember. I often yearn for a moment with my Momma. To be able to share the joy of the arrival of my first grandchild, her sixth great-grandchild. Desired to talk with my Mom as I was dealing with my husband’s accident, long hospitalization, and the difficult changes in our marriage as a result.

      Prayed for you Tina and our sweet Mommas.

    5. Susan says:

      Our God is amazing! Praying for your mom and family, which has now grown! So happy for you!

    6. Rachel says:

      Loved this line & wrote it in my journal. “God is still working on [my] dream” -inspiring. Sometimes I give up on dreams or don’t dream very big for fear of failure, but Gods plan is greater, He is working on my dream! :)

    7. Heather Nistler (MNmomma) says:

      What an absolute blessing! A true wow God moment! Praise the Lord!

    8. Tori says:

      What a blessing!! Praise God for his move right on time. I am so happy that he allowed the sisters to meet at such a beautiful time. How awesome is our God!

    9. Claire B says:

      Fabulous, Tina, thanks for sharing. My mother had dementia, it is a tough thing to go through. I am happy for the joy you all received.

    10. PamC says:

      Wow! What an awesome answer you received from God!

    11. Dorothy says:

      My prayers go out to you Tina and you Kelly, I worked with dementia residents for seven years and they live in a world of their own after a while. I’m so glad that God has blessed these two mothers with understanding and loving Christian daughters. With The Lord on your side you can get through anything.

    12. Natasha R says:

      What a lovely surprise from God!

    13. Tina says:

      Thank you Sisters for your love and prayers… it has truly been wonderful for us all, most especially my mum.. who, praise God.. on the arrival of her sisters just literally held them and they her… she/they now were complete! God is so so good..
      Thank you again.. every blessing.❤

    14. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

      What a wonderful story Tina. Thank you for sharing God’s Glory, even in the waiting. Praise His Name!