Do you find it hard to wait on the Lord?
I certainly do....even though I know that He is in control of all things.
And I am so thankful for that...so why do I find it hard to wait for His guidance?
Though it is not often listed as such, waiting is a Christian discipline. Why? Because we are not naturally wired or inclined to wait. Waiting is something we must work at and develop over time. Even when we grow to adulthood, waiting remains a problem!
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.
God is not inactive when we are waiting. When you are waiting on God, most often He is working behind the scenes to put all the "missing pieces" in our lives in place, before He fulfills our desires or request.
Actually waiting is closely related to hope. Hope has been described as creative waiting! Hope is anything but boring or complacent. Hope is filled with expectation! It anticipates! To live in hope, is to live in the power of the future without yet possessing it.
"My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning:….
When you find yourself in God's waiting room, here are three words to remember and consider.
Look ~ Learn ~ Listen
First, when you find your self waiting, Look. Look where? Look to God!
Second, when you find yourself waiting, be willing to Learn. While sometimes being in God's waiting room has to do with timing, more often than not, it is all about teaching! We think we are waiting on God or waiting on someone else, when in truth God is waiting on us to learn a particular lesson, or to develop a particular character trait! We learn patience. Waiting and patience plays a central role in the Scriptures in shaping and developing people. Patience is all about surrendering our control.
Third, when you find yourself waiting, Listen. God will speak to your heart through His Word. God speaks to us through His Word, and we can be sure that His leadership will never be inconsistent with the Bible. God will speak to your heart through His Holy Spirit. God often speaks to us in that "still small voice." God will speak to your heart through people. Godly counsel from people such as our parents or mentors in the faith, are a part of God's voice and direction in our lives.
One day praise God, the waiting will be over!
"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
I love this quote from Warren Wiersbe (God Isn't in a Hurry, 1994)
The best thing you and I could do is to stop looking at our watches and calendars and simply look by faith into the face of God and let Him have His way ~ in His time.
The Holy Bible
Pastor Ron Thomas
Rodgers Baptist Church
The Complete Guide to Christian Quotations
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Thanks so much for stopping by, now, let's go wait on the Lord!
((hugs)) and blessings!