Does anyone enjoy waiting?
When was the last time you waited and un-sarcastically gave thanks for it?
We live in a microwave quick—give it to me now society. Our culture has trained us not to wait. But have you ever noticed how unavoidable waiting is?
In this journey of strengthening my faith I have come to a huge reality, which you can read about in my last blog The Real Story (click to read). This reality is faith closes the gap between promise and fulfillment. Once the lights go on and we grasp this reality—we are likened to a blind person receiving their sight—everything takes on a new perspective. The blinders have fallen off and we realize all things are possible!
Then we come up against “The Wait” that beautiful time in between promise and fulfillment.
I was going to title this blog post “Hating the Waiting” but decided to be more positive.
On that note I want to encourage us in our waiting. Since waiting is inescapable we must come to the conclusion God is in it and not waste our wait but instead view it as the valuable treasure it is.
I understand how challenging this is—so why not rise to the occasion? Let us resolve within ourselves to hold waiting in high esteem, to recognize its value and absorb its truth.
One truth about the wait is—it will affect us—either positively or negatively—with this in mind, let us allow the wait to etch beauty on our heart, soul and life.
We start first by asking God to change our heart in regard to waiting. Seeking a heart change will help us to not fight the process. Fighting the waiting process opens many doors—namely bitterness and unbelief.
Secondly, we need to ask God what He wants to accomplish in us during the waiting period. We do not wait in a void—no, waiting is proactive. If we don’t know the purpose for the wait we will wander and grow disillusioned.
The waiting process requires patience. Not always our favorite—I know. The best way I’ve found to acquire patience is to get more of the Holy Spirit. Since patience is a fruit of the spirit—the more we are filled—the greater our fruit.
Another requirement in waiting is we must take care not to misuse our time in the process by tossing and turning in worry. The definitions for the word worry are horrific! Listen to this—to torment with cares, devour, to harass by repeated biting. That’s lovely, or how about this one—to seize by the throat with teeth and shake or mangle. YIKES! I know that one! No wonder the Bible tells us not to worry!
Here are some truths about waiting that will help us in not wasting the wait:
- Waiting does not change the truth about God—He is still faithful
- There’s beauty in the waiting process—you just need to look for it
- Waiting brings change—let it change you for the better
- No matter what season we are in—waiting will play a part
- Embrace the wait—it’ll ease the pain
- Waiting is not an interruption to God’s will—don’t try to avoid it
- Waiting diminishes self-absorption—we find it’s not all about us
- Waiting brings a greater dependency on God—we stop trying to do life our way
- In waiting we find rest—worrying our prayers to God can end
- Breakthrough is on the other side of the wait—don’t give up
- Waiting will draw us closer or drive us further from God—choose wisely
- Waiting reveals our heart attitude—adjust your heart appropriately
How to find beauty in the wait:
- Stay thankful—don’t grumble and complain (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Worship God—He is always worthy (Psalm 42:11)
- Stay in the Word—believe it’s truth (Romans 4:20)
- Speak truth—life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)
- Expect God to be true to His character—He can be nothing but faithful (Numbers 23:19)
- Take every thought captive—don’t agree with the devils lies and accusations (2 Corinthians 10:5)
- Wait on God as a waiter waits on those he’s serving—serve God and others (Romans 12:10-11)
- Pray—don’t worry (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Strengthen your faith—don’t wavier in unbelief (Romans 4:20)
- Hold tight to God’s promises—be fully convinced He’s faithful to accomplish all He’s promised you (Romans 4:21)
Waiting is not necessarily a trial but it does test our faith in God, and weighs our dependency on Him. Our main objective in waiting (and any other situation in life) should be to know God more—to snuggle in under the shadow of His wing, resting in the truth that He is all we need.
Whatever waiting process you may be in, please do not let it steal your faith. Be encouraged to surrender to it—allowing yourself to find God in it.