While our patience tends to run low in everyday situations, waiting on God is one of the hardest things we will do.
I want you to know that God’s delay, doesn’t necessarily mean God’s denial. If God is making you wait, there is a reason. God doesn’t play games with us. There is a reason and a purpose behind everything he does. Our job is to learn to trust Him during the waiting.
You see…waiting on the Lord is an act of obedience. Listen to these verses…
Psalm 27:13-14 - I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Lamentations 3:25 - The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Isaiah 40:31 - But they who wait for 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.
These verses encourage us to learn to wait on God. We recognize that His timing is not our timing. Why does God make us wait? Well, the reasons could be different for all of us, but usually, there is something we need to learn.
How can we learn to wait for God’s timing? Let me give you some things that have been helpful in my life.
1. We must pursue a more intimate relationship with God. This only happens with intentionality. We never drift into a closer relationship with God. The more we know him, the more we know his desires. Some of us know God, but we don’t know him deeply. Some have become content and satisfied with where they are in God. We must never stop seeking him.
2. We must discipline ourselves to pursue God’s will. This takes time. We get into trouble because we often forget (or maybe ignore) God’s opinion in our decisions.
3. We must actively listen for His voice. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Can we just admit that t his is a struggle for most of us. We must learn to listen for God’s voice as we read the Scripture.
4. We must faithfully follow His will. When he calls for us to wait. We wait. When he calls for us to take bold action. We act. Many times we don’t understand His ways or His will. But we trust Him!
Today’s Challenge: Refuse to get weary while you are waiting on God. Instead of becoming frustrated, ask God what he wants you to learn, and where he wants you to grow. Trust that God’s timing is always right.
- Are you in a season of waiting?
- What have you learn during your times of waiting on God?
- What has helped you develop patience?
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