Waiting is something I don’t think most people enjoy. Whether it may be in a waiting room at the doctor’s office or in line at the grocery store. Simply put, we don’t like to wait. The same could be said when we have to ‘wait on God’. Maybe we are praying for something or even come to a place of wondering if God even listens to those prayers.
Waiting for God’s timing can be hard. His timing isn’t always aligned with our own expectations, but even if the wait is difficult, His timing will always be perfect.
I’ve had to go through some hard situations when God has led me down a different path than I would have thought or even hoped for. Yes, the waiting is hard yet I know God has a plan and a purpose for me and I just have to wait on His perfect timing.
As I’ve dived into scripture and prayerfully ask Him for guidance in this area of my life, I’ve discovered a couple truths about waiting.
Waiting requires trust and faith
Waiting on God’s timing does these two things: It will grow our faith as we have to wait and then we trust in Him as He shapes and directs our life according to His will.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”
Waiting requires patience
What we might think we are seeing as a slow response to our request, or thoughts that God is not listening to us, shows that we are not taking time to be patient. God is the perfect example of showing us His patience so we in return should do the same.
Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in His way, over the man who carries out evil devices.”
Sometimes it can be easy to wonder why something else has opened up for someone yet not for us. We need to understand that God has a purpose and a plan for each and everyone of us and everyone is on a different path.
Waiting requires you to trust He has a purpose
God is not the designer of accidents, but the creator of purposes. When we are waiting, we wait for God to align together the pieces of the plan. The Lord always has A Plan and a Purpose so believe in Him.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His good purpose.”
Waiting requires surrender
Waiting for God’s timing is a process. When God is at work, it may take months or even years to completely come through. We need to stop taking the situation into the control of our own hands and submit to God’s leading, surrendering all our doubts and fears unto Him and let Him lead the way.
Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your ways unto the Lord, trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”
Waiting isn’t always fun. And sometimes God will take us through a season where there is hardships and times when life can feel confusing. The thing I’ve come to learn is that the work God will do within us while we are waiting is just as important as whatever it is we are waiting for. Sometimes it isn’t just about the prayers or getting an answer right away, but maybe more about what we can learn while we wait for Him to answer. God’s timing is perfect and always will be. It might be early or it may be late, we just have to take faith and patience and I promise you no matter what season of life you are in right now it is worth the wait. Remember, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promises as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
“The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.” – John Piper
“God’s No’s are for a greater Yes.” – Eric Ludy