Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
I don’t know about you but I sometimes find waiting difficult. All throughout the scriptures we find passages telling us to wait on God. Although waiting may be difficult, God has a purpose in everything he does. I think waiting on God helps us to have a single and consistent focus and I think God uses waiting to teach us valuable life lessons.
We live in a day and age of instant gratification, instant results, instant answers and instant fixes. Heaven forbid we have slow access to online data, we’re stuck in traffic or that we have to wait in line for anything for more that five minutes, really?? Have you been to the DMV lately? teehee
I think one of the best things we can do for our children, especially in this day and age, is to teach them the value of waiting and to delay gratification because they are so used to growing up thinking that things come easy and instantaneously.
We all know that the truth is waiting is not easy. And as much as we don’t like to wait, waiting is a fact of life that cannot be avoided. There is great value in waiting for things that are worthwhile and there is often a special blessing that comes with waiting. God often uses delays and waiting to teach us valuable lesson about himself.
I can think of many people in the bible who God uses waiting as a time of preparation for something great! A few off the top of my head are Noah, Abraham, Moses and Joseph. Also when I think of waiting, I think of Israel’s journey to the promised land.
Yes they were headed to a land flowing with milk and honey. God provided for their release from captivity, the presence of God was with them and went before them, and God was there meeting and miraculously providing for their needs.
But when their focus was shifted to things other than God, he allowed them to sufferer the consequences of their sin because he was providing and they were not trusting. Wanting our needs met is not a bad thing, but when we seek do so apart from Gods purposes and plan, we are only asking for trouble.
We have the same parallels the Israelites had in our walks of faith today. When we decide to take our fate in our own hands and run on ahead of Gods provision, instead of waiting on him and trusting in Him to daily meet our needs, we to can often suffer the consequences of our own actions.
There are many valuable lessons to be learned through waiting. God wants us to be continually seeking him and spending time in his presence and in his word, waiting on and listening for Him. After all, he is our creator and he wants to be the Lord of our lives.
Sometimes we forego waiting on God, we somehow think God doesn’t know or understand what we are going through. We are basically not trusting God and we are believing a lie. Then we fall prey to trying to handle things on our own, instead of trusting in our all-knowing and all-powerful God who promises to provide for all our every need (Matthew 6:26).
Waiting involves doing the right things, while avoiding the wrong things and trusting God in all things. Waiting on God strengthens us and our character. When we learn to wait on God we seek Him and trust in his timing and his provision for us. We know he loves us and wants what is best for us and he promises to give all things when we wait patiently for him (1 Timothy 6:17).
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. Isaiah 40:31
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 5:4