As Christians in this walk of faith, waiting is something we would have to do at different points in our walk with God, and waiting can be a very difficult thing to do. I have had to wait for a couple of things in my life and I’m still currently waiting for some other things.
Most times, we think that we are too smart by ourselves and we don’t need to wait for God to bring us what we need at His own timing so we run ahead of Him and end up in a ditch.But while we are in a hurry, it seems God is usually not in a hurry. The Bible says He is slow at going about things. It seems He always has a plan and a purpose for everything.
The problem with waiting is not having all the details. From our perspective, we have everything figured out and we want God to move within our time frame. But God rarely does things according to our time frame, and because of this we can easily get discouraged. If we aren’t careful, we’ll think He’s uncaring or mad at us.
There are several examples of people in the bible who had to wait-
Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive. Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.
God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed. Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.
God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt. Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.
God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there. Instead, he was stuck there for 10 years before he was finally set free.
God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man. Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and physically, it can be more difficult trying to conceive at that age.
God always has good reasons for making us wait. Waiting is a part of life and one of the ways God uses to develop us. He makes us wait to fulfill His call on our lives after He puts the desire and passion in our hearts to serve Him in a certain way.He makes us wait to give us the desires of our hearts, whether it’s a baby, a spouse, or a new job.He makes us wait for direction when we are stuck at a dead end and we don’t know where to go or what to do.
Three major things waiting does –
- Waiting Reveals Our True Motives
Waiting has a way of bringing out the best and worst in people. People who don’t have good motives won’t wait long because they’re not interested in the commitment it takes to see something through. They’re too interested in short-term gains or success.Most of us have good intentions, but a lot of what we want to accomplish is an attempt to make a name for ourselves or for our own egos.
- Waiting Transforms Our Character
Waiting has a way of rubbing off the rough edges of our lives. Most of us know the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians .But we hardly talk about Moses having to wait in the desert 40 years before God came to him. God used this time of waiting to transform his character because as a young man he was brash and impatient and in his impatience he killed a man and hid the body. When his sin was made public, he ran for his life and was exiled to the desert. When he was given a second chance he knew best to do it God’s way and in God’s time.
- Waiting Builds Our Intimacy and Dependency On God
The reason we are able to read about the great men and women of the Bible is because they all had one thing in common. They were all people who learned their success in life was directly proportionate to their intimacy and dependency upon God. For them, a relationship with God wasn’t a get rich quick scheme, it was a matter of life and death.
So if God is making you wait, you can be certain that there is a very good reason for it. If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow. Whatever it is you are waiting on God for, know that He is right beside you and that there is a purpose for it…even if that purpose is to wait.
Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring. Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you. He made some of the greatest men and women of faith wait; don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well. He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.
Psalm 37: 34 – Wait passionately for God, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.
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