I Love to Wait!
I Love to Wait!
Said No One - EVER!
Waiting! We do it in the line at the store, at the doctor’s office, in the carpool line at school, on the interstate in traffic, after we’ve had a test and want results. Even in this age of instant gratification technology, we still have to wait.
Why does waiting bother us so much? Is it because we don’t like what we are doing and want it to be over? Is it because we procrastinated and didn’t expect to have to wait and now, we are going to be late? Is it because waiting causes us to have time on our hands and we don’t know how to handle spare time? Is it because we fear the result? Each of us has probably experienced one (or more) of these reasons why waiting bothers us. How many times have you prayed, “Lord, if you will just hurry this up, I’ll…”? We know that God’s timing is perfect. He knew all these times we would have to wait before we did. They are all a part of His plan for our lives.
Have you ever had a blessing come out of waiting? Maybe a divine meeting? Maybe you avoided something bad by being late? Have you ever driven by an accident that just happened and thought to yourself, “If I had not been delayed, I could have been in that accident?” God’s timing is perfect.
Have you ever tried to help God out because He wasn’t working in your timeframe? Ouch! I think most of us have been guilty of this at some point in our lives. God has a reason for making us wait. It’s during the waiting period that God is building our character and preparing us for the answer He is going to give us which is usually way beyond what we could have imagined.
Think about Sarah and Abraham. God told them they would bear a child long after they were past childbearing age. These were great people of faith who trusted God. However, Sarah didn’t feel that God was working quickly enough with them on this promise. So she took matters into her own hands and had Abraham sleep with her maidservant, Hagar, in order to produce an offspring, which they did. It also created some tension between Abraham, Sarah, and God. In the end, God did follow through with His promise of a son – all in HIS perfect timing – 25 years later. As we read the story in Genesis 15-17, we discover that God put Abraham through many tests to prepare him for the blessing he was going to get. Abraham would not only be Isaac’s father but the father of a great nation. God does the same for us when He makes us wait. He is preparing us and building our character so that we are ready and able to handle the blessing that He has in store for us.
Scripture has many reminders for us when we struggle with waiting on the Lord. One of my favorites is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. NKJV” Psalms 27:14 reminds us to, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” As we are waiting on the Lord, we need to make sure we are in His will and are listening for and ready to respond to whatever character-building exercise(s) He needs to take us through to prepare us. We need to be praying for His answer in His timing. We need to pray that we maintain patience to not interfere and “help Him out”! We need to stay in His Word and feed our minds constant reminders that God is in control and has not forgotten us.
Are you waiting on something right now? Pray for God’s timing and … WAIT!
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