God's Pause Process

The Bible is full of the accounts of men and women of faith, who waited a very long time before they saw God’s breakthrough. A very simple definition of waiting is to pause or delay; it’s an interval.

So, if you feel like your life is on PAUSE you are in great company.

Look at Noah, he was told by God to build a gigantic ark that would save mankind from a flood. Noah had never seen rain before, but in obedience he built a boat to God’s specific instructions. He was mocked and ridiculed, but still he pressed on in obedience to God. And when it was completed he waited for the rain, and then waited and waited. Eventually the rain came; it flooded the earth and only those on board were saved. You remember the story? The animals went in two by two and his three sons and their wives joined him on the boat. Which meant that his entire family were saved from death. Imagine what would have happened to humanity if he had given up?

Another example would be Mary and Martha as they waited for Jesus to come and heal their sick brother Lazarus. It took Jesus days to come, and by that time Lazarus had been dead in the grave for three days. You might have thought that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t too late for Jesus to raise him up from the dead. Jesus had a plan and not even death could thwart it.

Then we have David. He wasn’t born a king. He was the youngest son in the family. In fact, when the prophet Samuel came to anoint the future king of Israel, his father totally overlooked him as a viable option. And then even after being anointed King, it still took David 22 years before he became King over all of Israel.

Then we have Jesus as a great example of waiting. He had to wait 30 years before he was released into his call and ministry. That ministry was jam-packed for 3 years and then he was put on that cross where he died for every human being; thereby fulfilling His great plan of providing a way out of sin and death. But even Jesus had to wait.

So, we are in good company if we feel like our lives are on pause and we are waiting. The truth is, waiting for God’s breakthrough can seem like an eternity. It can feel like that breakthrough is never coming. It can feel like you are forgotten. It can feel like maybe you didn’t hear the Lord correctly and possibly made a mistake. It can feel quite devastating.

But, God always breaks through. In 2 Samuel 5:18-20 we read, “And David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’ And the Lord said to David, ‘Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.’  And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, ‘The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.’ Therefore, the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.”  God is the God of the breakthrough.

So, what do we do in the delay, in the waiting and the pause moments of life?

  • Embrace the moment. Don’t fight it. No one triumphs over God, ever! God’s process can’t be manipulated or short circuited; it will run its course.

  • Persevere through the apparent obstacles. Never give up or pull back but keep on keeping on; working out your faith with fear and trembling until you receive the prize. James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

  • Keep walking with faithful and patient obedience. And when you have done all to stand, keep standing and keep doing what you need to do until your breakthrough comes. Keep looking at biblical examples and follow them, because it is through “faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God” (Hebrews 6:12).

  • Humble yourself and yield to the workings of God in your life. James 4: 10 says, “humble yourself before the Lord and he will lift you up.”  Matt 23:12 says, “whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

 And what is God doing in the delay, the pause moments of our lives?

  • God is dealing with any pride and making sure we understand the need to humble ourselves.

  • God uses waiting to reveal our true motives. There is nothing like the pressure of waiting to bring out the best or the worst in people.

  • God is building faith and patience in us as we wait for our promise. Patience and faith increase in you with every victory you have. Eventually you have bigger faith and greater patience as you trust for the more in God.

  • Waiting builds anticipation and excitement as we wait for the breakthrough. Think about a child waiting for their birthday. They anticipate their gifts and birthday party with great excitement and delight. The longer the wait, the greater our anticipation and appreciation.

  • Waiting builds our character. Isn’t that what Romans 5:3-4 says? “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

When your life seems in “pause-mode” and you are waiting for God to breakthrough, you can get frustrated and want to pull back. But don’t! Hold the course, keep doing the basics, keep your disciplines in place, keep your eyes on Jesus and keep hoping in Him. Your breakthrough is coming! Prepare and position yourself and wait with hope-filled expectation. Don’t lose heart and never give up. Be patient and yield to His processes. The God of the breakthrough will break through for you.