What are you waiting for right now? Most of us are waiting for something to happen or for someone to do something. Waiting is hard, especially the longer it goes on.
God truly values the waiting times in our lives. Scripture is full of people who had to wait on God…
- Ruth had to wait even after she had left her county, gleaned in the field, laid at Boaz’s feet and asked Him to take care of her (and her Mother-in-law). “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens.” Ruth 3:18
- Joseph had a dream, that appeared to be from God – but God sent him on a journey that included slavery, accuse of wrong doing, prison, forgotten and then the dream came to be. (I recently wrote about Joseph’s daily success here)
- Simeon had been waiting his whole life to see the promised Messiah (just as all of Israel had been waiting). Serving in the temple awaiting what the Spirit had told him to would come. Finally, he was able to hold the Christ and his wait was over. Luke 2:25-32
- Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth – all waited for babies to be born to them after years of infertility. Years of waiting, praying, and seeking God in the midst of their disappointment. But in God’s time, Issac, Jacob, Essau, Samuel and John the Baptist were born. Each of these little ones came have years of waiting.
- There are many who I could also list here – Abraham, Moses, Job, David, the New Testament Believers waited on God. Most of them waited for the fulfillment of a promise from God, sometimes with patience but often putting their own plans into place while they were waiting.
And I have a choice to make while I wait. To trust God and His timing or to manipulate and make things happen on my own.
I have done it both ways.
- When I am impatient and make things happen in my own strenth, they always ends in a hot mess. A mess that I have created because I could not wait on God’s timing and action.
- When I have trusted in God’s timing, it has always lead to peace and fulfillment.
You are probably awaiting a dream to be fulfilled, a calling to be met, a purpose to be attained. God has a purpose and a plan even as you wait. His desire is not to make it miserable for you, but to grow your faith which is of great worth to Him.
So when you find yourself in a time of waiting, recognize that you are in good company and remember that God will fulfill His purposes for you!
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14