I’m a terrible waiter. I always have been.
Patience is not my spiritual gift.
Often when I stand in prayer, I am looking for instant gratification. A sign. A very obvious and blatant answer to basically come down and smack me in my face.
Our fast paced society only encourages this behavior; peach pass lanes, next-day shipping, Disney fast passes, buy now, pay later.
Getting what we want quickly sounds great. But does it match up with the word?
God is a waiter too….he waits for us to be obedient. He waits for us to seek him. He waits for us to come back to him when we stray.
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. Isaiah 30:18
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
You know what waiting on Him requires us to do? It requires us to feel the depth of our need for him. Reaffirms our inability to do anything without him. It refines us.
Having to wait has the cause and effect of spiritual growth and maturity. It reminds us to remember that he knows what we need. He hears my prayers, yet HE knows the splendor of what he has in store for me.
It’s not that he doesn’t want to answer our prayers. But he wants us as his children to trust him enough to wait on him. So do we? Do I?
He is all-powerful. He overcame death & the grave so that all might come to know Him. So why should we ever doubt him?
Whatever current season of waiting you are in, whether dark days, joy-filled, or in my own current season of just waiting on the answer to a prayer I’ve prayed SO very long for….
What are we doing while we wait? Trusting or doubting? Questioning or believing? Working for him, or sitting stagnant and Luke warm? Is he pleased with us while we wait?