It’s In the Waiting








Timing is everything the saying goes, and I’ve found this to be true with God’s plans too. The Bible is full of many who jumped ahead of God’s desired timeline. There’s Sarah who decided that God was too slow on his promise to make Abraham the father of a new nation so she called upon her maidservant to make that happen, instead of waiting for her Isaac. Then there was King Saul who was supposed to wait for Samuel to say a blessing and offer a sacrifice before entering into battle. He took matters into his own hands when he thought Samuel wasn’t coming, eventually costing him the throne. Or who can forgot Esau, who couldn’t wait for a bite to eat and sold his birthright for a bowl of grub.

The Bible gives verses relating to waiting on the Lord,

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

We live in a generation of instant gratification. We hardly wait for anything. We have fast food, high-speed Internet, and pre-prepped gourmet meals. In counseling I often see people who want a quick fix. They have a problem that’s developed over the years and they want it fixed in one or two sessions. It’s just not possible. This is because we first have to deal with everything that led up to the problem, in order to fix it.

It’s unfortunate that our culture has trained us that we can have it our way and quickly, because character is built going through difficulties and persevering, as longs as it takes to make it right. The above verses convey clearly that it’s in the waiting we are made strong and gain courage. The outcome of those who wait for the Lord shall have renewed strength, mount up like eagles, and run the race successfully with great stamina.

We are rewarded when we take the time to wait on God’s best as he changes us during the waiting process. This process allows time for us to be aligned with God’s purposes and plans. When we refuse to wait, we miss out on seeing God do miracles, this is because waiting is based upon the faith that God is going to provide for our needs.

When we create our instant solutions we set up a foundation of new problems that are not time tested and God approved.


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