Waiting is one of the hardest things to do! We may not be aware of this, but most of our lives is spent on waiting for something. Waiting to finish school, waiting to get a job, waiting to meet the right person to marry, waiting to have children, waiting for the children to grow up, waiting for them to finish school, get a job, marry and have their own children … and so we go on … waiting …
And we think we will be happy when … But life is a process and our flesh will never be satisfied because our flesh always wants more and we want it now! We do not like waiting, but waiting strengthens us, it makes us more like God, it develops patience in us. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.
The important thing about waiting is to realise that waiting is not wasted. Though we might faint and grow weak, God does not, He is God Almighty, the Everlasting God, He reigns forever, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never faints or grows weary, but we do, then we forget who He is…
He is all Loving, all Powerful, all Caring and Generous, He is Light and Goodness and He cares for us far more than we can ever dream or imagine in every area of our lives.
When we remember who God is, and we often need the Holy Spirit or other people to remind us, and as we wait on God, we can choose to walk by faith knowing that He is at work underground where we cannot see it. We can trust Him to meet our needs in the right way in the right place and at the right time. God is waiting on us to let go and trust Him so He can meet our needs and we can then recognise: “Oh! That can only be God, Praise the Lord!”
Isaiah 40:28-31 (Amplified Bible)
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. 29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; 31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
When faith in God rises, then we are ready to receive and we open the door of our heart for God to bring His perfect will to pass. And He does this in a way far higher than our pathetic limited expectations.
God will not be early, and He will not be late. Continue to serve where you are called to serve Him by all means, but be aware that meanwhile we are growing spiritually.
How we react in the waiting reveals what is in our heart. Waiting cures impatience and helps us to have compassion on others.
I pray that we may learn how to trust God more than to want to know why we are waiting.
I pray that we might be patient in the waiting, keeping our eyes on the immeasurable Love God has for us and that He will work it all out for good. Trust God is in control.
I pray that we will not grow weary or faint but that we may walk by faith and not by sight, and that we may know that God loves us infinitely and far more passionately than we could ever imagine, and He is really close to us in the waiting and we may praise Him and thank Him even before we see the answer, as we meditate on God’s faithfulness. This is only a temporary setback that will pass!
- What effect does waiting have on us?
- How can waiting teach us who God is?
- What happens when we focus on God instead of our circumstances when we wait on Him?