Patiently wait. I honestly feel I am allergic to the word “wait." My parents can vouch for me when I say that I can be extremely impatient and quick to act. It may just be that I love seeing results unravel or I just don’t know what it is to be still. I’m sure you can relate in some way or maybe I just need serious help. Either way, waiting is in the cards for every human.
Has this ever slipped from your lips? “Don’t make me wait" or even “I can’t wait." Rarely do we want to enjoy this current moment and revel in the beauty of the second we will never live in again.
The truth is, we react in the same fashion with our relationship with God. When God clearly closes a door and we have no choice but to wait, we act as if the problem lies with God and not in ourselves. Our tolerance for waiting is weak. We are set off by any little detour that intervenes with our plans.
My only resolution to this weakness is to recognize that I need to wait and understand that waiting for God doesn’t mean asking Him daily when is He going to intervene. The word says in Psalms 27:14 (NLT), “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” I love how the word PATIENTLY is noted in the verse. I truly believe God doesn’t just call us to wait on him, but to wait patiently for HIM. Our patience reveals where our trust is. If I know God is going to intervene on my behalf because He is faithful, I won’t ask Him daily if He’s going to come through. I will solely place the care at His feet and trust that He’s heard my plea.
Have you ever sent a text out and it clearly says “delivered," however you are so impatient that you feel as though they never received it? God gets it every time. He’s never missed a text or call and He never will. Our response in the waiting period reveals so much about ourselves. Choose to praise Him even when you don’t see the result of what you’ve been waiting for. Build your tolerance – stop asking and start praising!
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind