Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen
Wait, I say on the Lord.
Waiting is hard! We’ve all heard the saying “patience is a virtue”. Well, it’s not a virtue that comes naturally to me. I hate to wait. I hate waiting in line at the grocery store, in traffic and yes, if I’m honest with myself, I hate to wait for that thing I’ve been praying about. When I pray and God tells me, “Wait”, I sigh inwardly. It’s not the answer I was hoping for. Sometimes I feel like my life is in a constant holding pattern waiting on the Lord. Every part of me is crying out to do something! Anything!
God has spent the last few years gently guiding me and teaching me patience. And it’s been a long, hard lesson. He asks me to wait, so I do it. But I admit, there have been many times that I wasn’t too happy about it. Through the waiting, God has taught me a few things and I’d like to share them with you. I hope they will give you a little bit of encouragement during your wait.
#1 Rely on God
Waiting on God has made me seek Him instead of relying on myself. I’m sure that’s the reason He has asked me to wait. Because when I’m waiting, I’m praying more and spending more time reading my Bible. My relationship with God has grown and I can feel the closeness with Him that I long for.
#2 God’s Timing is Perfect
Waiting on God doesn’t mean that God isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care. It simply means that we have to wait for His perfect timing. Although it may seem like the waiting will never end, in Psalm 27, God promises that He will strengthen our hearts. When the time is right, He will move us in the right direction. He will get us through the wait, all we need is a little patience.
#3 God has a Plan
To wait on God means that we accept His will for our lives and not our own. God has a plan for each one of us. A plan to give us the very best of Himself. Sometimes I feel like I know exactly what God wants me to do and other times I feel completely lost. But God’s plan isn’t about how I feel, it’s about His perfect will for my life. I just need to get out of the way and let His will for my life take hold. But I can’t do that if I’m constantly running ahead of God and trying to make it happen on my own. So God asks me to wait, to be patient and to be still and know that He is God.
#4 God is Pretty Amazing
I’m in awe of how God works everything out to fit within His will. He can do some pretty amazing things sometimes! I’m so thankful that God, who is full of grace and mercy, is patient with me, even in my impatience. And I’m so grateful that He loves me, even when I’m downright unlovable. He understands that waiting is difficult for me and when it becomes too much for me to bear, He shows His lovingkindness to me.
I know that I will never be perfect, and my ability to show patience will probably always be a work in progress. But I choose to wait on God because I know that He wants to give me His best and that He will bless me for waiting on Him. I want to have the will of God in my life more than I want anything else and if waiting a little longer will get me there, then that’s what I will do.
How about you? Are you waiting on God for something in your life right now? Are you having trouble being patient? I promise you this, God is right there listening to your prayers. He has not forgotten that you are waiting on Him and He has a plan for you. Yes, waiting on God can be hard sometimes, but He has a reason for everything that He does. His timing is always perfect. And your wait won’t last forever. So, I pray that today your heart will be strengthened and filled with courage. And that you will see God’s lovingkindness in your life. May you be blessed while you are waiting on God!
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