Limbo: A region or condition of oblivion or neglect; a state or place of confinement; an imaginary place for lost, forgotten or unwanted persons or things; an unknown intermediate place or condition between two extremes; a region on the border of hell.
At some point, in all of our lives we have experienced the feeling of being in limbo. We are neither here nor there. We are not where we used to be, but we are still not where we want to be. We know that we have heard from the Lord. We believe that we are following him to the best of our ability. Yet here it is eight months into 2013 and still we find ourselves in this weird state of limbo. It seems like we have done all that we know to do. We had all of these things that we were believing by faith to accomplish this year. When we go back and review our lists, we realize that in certain areas of our lives we have made significant shifts and progress while in other areas we are still sitting in the exact same spot we were in this time last year. It’s not that we haven’t tried. It’s not that we did not attempt to implement strategies, hold ourselves accountable and take positive action and so on.
The fact of the matter is that we are in Limbo. We are living in the season between seasons. We are in No Man’s Land. And yes, for some of us, it feels like a region on the border of hell. The Limbo season in the life of a believer seems like a dry, barren wasteland or desert. It seems like everyone else is getting breakthrough after breakthrough and miracle after miracle. You are genuinely happy for them, but on the inside you are silently struggling because here you sit in the same old frustrating situation day in and day out.
Being in Limbo is no fun. It feels like God has forgotten us. It feels like you are stuck in a rut like Chuck. Being in Limbo is very confining and constraining. You cannot do what you deeply desire to do but because of unforeseen, unknown and uncontrollable factors you are at a standstill. It feels like a transitory place that is taking forever to end. This is the point where most folks feel like throwing in the towel. This is the danger point where bitterness, deep frustration and angst can settle in your soul. It is also at the point where anxiety and impatience step and wisdom steps out. Limbo can also be a season where we can make fatal errors in judgment because we are so very tired and impatient of being stuck for so long.
Don’t allow the temporary season of Limbo cause you to forfeit the blessings of God that are just on the other side of the Limbo. In order to safely travel through Limbo Land, we must stop struggling against the Limbo but rather Lean into the Limbo by:
Learn to be Complete, Content and Rested in Him. Use the Limbo Season as a time of deeper healing of issues and purging to get you ready for the next season. This is not a time to struggle and strive to be where you think you should be. Take the time to be Complete in Him who is the head of all principality and powers. The fullness of the Godhead is expressed in the nature of Christ (Col 2:9-10). If you are Complete in Christ, then the complete Godhead dwells in you. In Him you live, in Him you move and in Him you have all of your being (Acts 17:28). You are rooted, grounded, fixed and founded in His love (Eph 3:17, Col 2:7). This means that you are complete in the One Who has Power Over all Other Powers (human or otherwise). What does this mean in your practical, day-to-day experience while you are waiting on deliverance and transition out of limbo? This means that you have no reason to sweat. You have no reason to fret. You have no reason to become emotionally and mentally unglued. You can take a chill pill. If you really deep down inside believe that you are Complete in the One Who Has All Power, then you have no reason to trip at all about your situation. This will bring Him Glory. This will cause you to be able to be still and chill and KNOW that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
Learn to Have Confident Expectation – He has begun a Good Work and Will Finish It. Your entire process is God’s work – not yours. According to Philippians 1:6, He that has begun a good work in you will finish it. God is working and waiting to receive maximum Glory for Himself out of the situation (i.e., it is not to fulfill your emotional need, prove something to everyone else, show off how smart/good/got it together/going on you got it, not to ease your pain or discomfort.) By the time everything does come together, you will be so different, changed and humbled; you will have no problem giving God the glory. By the time your deliverance comes, Christ will be more fully formed in you than if God gave you what you wanted when you asked in your pride, selfishness, vanity of thinking. Cast not away your confidence which has recompense of great reward; for ye have need of patience that after you have done the will of God you might receive the promise (Heb 10: 35). This is not the time to roll over and die. Your faith is being tested. Don’t let doubt and unbelief settle in during this valley. Keep it moving. Hang on.
And finally, let Him Continually Redeem and Regulate Your Mind in Limbo. This is good because it prepares you for what is ahead. Use this Limbo time to get your thinking straight and to get rid of any faulty thinking that may have caused the Limbo. Realize that delays actually can bring greater levels of mental deliverance because it forces you to think, observe and be patient. Many nuggets of wisdom, insight and understanding have been received while waiting in a holding/delay pattern or in other words while in Limbo. God has not given you a spirit of fear while in your Limbo, but power love and a sound mind. To walk out of Limbo, you cannot afford to let your mind get unsound by letting it run wild with vain imaginations, fears, and negative thoughts. While in Limbo, you get the opportunity to engage in spiritual warfare by overcoming the battlefield of the mind. There is no easy, simple shortcut for this. You must engage in the battle of your mind in order to properly walk into the next season which will require that you have a very strong mind. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). We are instructed in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are honorable, right, pure, noble and excellent. It takes time, effort and the supernatural power of God to help you to think this way while in Limbo.
Lean into the Limbo by learning as much as you can while you are sitting. Instead of struggling and being idle, use the time wisely to build up your mental and spiritual capacity instead of fretting and fuming it away. Let not the Enemy of your Soul take advantage of your impatience and cause you to self-sabotage your process all because you lost it near the end.
Let us not get weary while in Limbo. In due season, we will indeed reap if we faint not!
- Living in limbo: How to be productive when you don’t really have to be (gentwenty.com)
- The state of Limbo (busymindthinking.com)