Nobody likes waiting. It’s an uncomfortable and fear-filled time in which the mind and heart can grow weary. Remember that you are actually waiting upon God, Himself. And who better to wait on than the All Faithful One who has never in a trillion years broken a promise?
Consider these 3 things in your time of waiting.
1.What great thing ever comes without waiting?
Adam waited alone in Eden for Eve, his wife-to-be. Abraham and Sarah waited for a son for many years. Jacob waited 7 years for Rachel, only to be deceived into marrying Leah and waiting another 7. Joseph waited in Potiphar’s house and in prison. He waited in hard places for the fulfillment of his God-given dreams. The Israelite’s waited for deliverance from the hands of the Egyptians. Moses and Joshua waited to see the Promised Land. David waited for a temple in which to worship his Lord. The prophets spoke years in advance of a coming Messiah, yet they, and the whole world waited to see His day. All of these saw their perfect fulfillment in God’s perfect timing. Waiting was part of the plan.
2. The wait is for your good.
We tend to associate waiting as being inherently bad. If God is ultimately good and working all things for the good of His people, then the Christian who finds him/herself waiting can trust that it’s ultimately a good thing. Sometimes God makes a person wait because they are simply not ready, and to give them their heart’s desire at that particular time would be detrimental.
I remember wishing I had my drivers license beginning at age 12. Waiting till I was 16 was for my own good and for the safety of everyone else on the road. Other times the wait is because dozens of other factors, circumstances and lives are involved, all of which God has orchestrated in His genius and sovereignty. I remember waiting for my wife; for the perfect woman to come along. Had I jumped the gun too soon I would have missed the woman of my dreams.
In any case, you have to ask yourself if you really trust God. Do you think He’s making a wrong decision somewhere out there? Is God even capable of wrong? Has God forgotten that He made a promise to you and unless you do something about it it will never come to pass? Simply not the case. The world is not held together because of you but because of Him. If you really trust him then you can wait for Him to move.
3. He did not withhold Jesus from you
Romans 8:32 NLT “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”
Look to this promise while you wait. Preach to yourself the goodness of Jesus. He came, lived, was crucified, buried and raised from the dead because God “did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all.” The question then is this. Will God withhold any good thing from you having already set His standard of giving so high? In His perfect timing and grace He will bring to pass all He has promised to you. Wait with faith in Christ. That is where every promise of God finds its yes and amen. When we learn to say amen in the midst of our waiting and we do not doubt, we give glory to God.
I pray that your waiting becomes easier, even joyful as you trust in God in the midst of it.