“Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God
This passage is a great reminder that waiting is a process and that God will come through for us if we continue to wait on him. All of us at some point in our walk with Christ come to a place of making decisions where waiting on God will be required. Sometimes we feel in our hearts that God wants to take us on a journey, but we have no idea of the final destination or how we will get there.
I remember hearing a preacher say, sometimes if we were aware of the destination we would probably not want to take the journey. Because the journey might not necessarily be a bed of roses but in the end it will be for our good.
In our human nature, we struggle with waiting. We want things to be done according to our time frame. Especially as we have grown so accustomed to living in a world where we have instant access to so much.
This causes us sometimes to rush to fix our situations ourselves. What God want us to do instead is to focus on him and trust that he is working all thing out in a manner that will be of a blessing to us.
Waiting is often a means of preparing us for what is to come. God may have given you a vision but there is some transformation and renewing of the mind that is essential before this can be realized.
What God has shown you may not happen immediately because he has to fertilize the ground.The seed that is inside of you has to germinate. There is a refining process that you need to go through to remove any impurities that you might have collected along the journey of life.
As we wait on God, it is helpful to remember that no matter how confusing or difficult the situation may seem, God is in control. He knows the plan that he has in mind for you and he is moving you towards it according to his timing.
The ducks may not line up how we think it should, but it makes sense to trust in the One who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is guiding us towards the best outcome for our lives.
We have so much hope because our waiting is not in vain. We wait with full expectation that God will indeed fulfill His promise to us. God’s word never changes. It is the same yesterday, today and forever.
If you are at a waiting place in your life, I encourage you to trust that God has a great vision for your life and he is working it out. You can walk with the assurance that as his child he is going to take care of you.
Join me same time next week for a look at a few ways to thrive while waiting.
Talk Back: What has been your experience with waiting on God?