We live in a culture of everything instant and we acquiesce to the idea that it is perfectly fine to gratify ourselves with whatever you want whenever you want it. We tend to be focused more on the pursuit of immediate satisfaction rather than the contentment that comes with the cumulation of deepening experiences.
No one enjoys waiting, it gets us restless, anxious and it can be frustrating. It simply is not easy to wait. While everything in our world strives to make every attempt to make things quicker and easier and convince us that it is good. God has his own schedule for us because He knows what is best.
God has taught me over the years to be a bit more patient, that was never my forte, so, it was huge, learning to wait on His timing. And just when you think you have acquired some measure of proficiency in that department; God unravels how much more we need to learn.
We as a family have been going through a period of waiting, hold on… not just a period, but an extended period of waiting. This time has been different from previous times. This period of waiting has been riddled with difficulties that have had repeated blows to our emotional state. We felt further beaten down making us more aware of the unpleasant situation we are currently in and wanting very much to be out of the situation as soon as possible. We found ourselves so many a times wondering “why God why” and can you please shorten the lesson.
These times have been a test on trust, reliance, provision and dependence on God. And it has and is still making me look deep into my heart on my attitude in all of this.
Psalm 27:14 says “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Why does God ask us to wait for Him? Because it is good for us. It is in the waiting that we will be made more like Him and He will do some of His greatest work in and for us.
Waiting on the Lord is challenging but an imperative principle to learn and follow.
What do we learn while we wait?
- We learn trust, endurance and patience- God does not miss a single opportunity to teach us these things. Psalm 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
- Dependence – Not knowing when and how makes us completely rely on Him.
- Strengthens our faith – Hebrews 11 says that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen.” Our belief in His goodness, His promises and His provision are strengthened. We dare to believe that God will come through and whatever He has planned has a reason and is what is best.
- We recognise that He is our source – waiting is more an attitude that helps us peel off and discover layers in our hearts where there was an underlying reliance on our own intellect or talent.
He is our Security – He is the only surety in our life. He asks us to let go of our self-made securities and to embrace the true and forever lasting relationship with Him that is our security and strength.
This time of waiting has made me question, reflect and look deeper into what I should be doing to embrace this season of waiting and how I should be doing it.
How should we wait?
- Patiently – we cannot do this in our own strength but we can ask God to give us the patience to wait on His timing.
- Worshipfully – praising God when we cannot actively see Him work is something that we have to purposefully do to retain our joy in Him. It helps us keep our eyes focused on Jesus and not the problem.
- In gratitude – Thanking Him makes us realise the multitude of blessing He has poured out into our lives and is still doing in the midst of whatever difficult situation we are in. Looking back at blessings, strengthens our faith and bringing to mind the little blessings of the present reminds us that He is always with us, He always hears us even if we feel He is silent and that He never forsakes us.
- In His strength – Isaiah 40:31 says “But they who wait for the Lord renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Waiting can be wearing on the soul but God will empower us, He is the one with unending strength.
- Standing on His word and His Promises –place your hope in His word, meditating on them helps us fight our fears and anxieties.
- To wait with expectancy but be prepared for unexpected answers – God has a reason and a plan and we want to be at peace with that and not fight it, because what He has in store for us is far better than what we can ask or imagine.
HE is our rock, the foundation on which we stand, and whether we are at the mountain top or overwhelmed by the darkness of the valley – He is with us and will work all things for good because He loves us!
I am learning to embrace the wait. What about you?