We live in an impatient society; fixated on instant gratification and a love for shortcuts. We have been conditioned to expect things to happen quickly and convenience is king. Sometimes l wonder if our commitment to convenience is killing our Christian character because we all want good things to happen in our lives, but too often we want it now…not later and this goes against God’s principles of Waiting.
Think about it, God’s principles are centered on patience , for example Faith is believing that God will do something but there is no timeline only God knows when it will happen, so our patience is tested each time we pray and believe for something , Love tests our patience, you literally have to be patient with others for you to be loving (slow to anger, not giving up, forgiving etc.). Whether we realize it or not , God requires us to be patient and throughout our lives he will put us in situations were we have to wait on him and that’s where most people loose it, they give up too soon. When we wait upon the Lord, we’re trusting God to tell us what our goals are. We’re allowing him to take charge. We’re trusting that what he has planned for our life is far better than anything we could have ever imagined. When we do this, God provides all that we need, exactly when we need it.
There are lots of examples of God making people wait in the Bible. Abraham, Joseph, Moses. He promised something good was coming, but didn’t say how or when. The thing with waiting is you don’t get a progress report, you just wait. Waiting is hard enough, but waiting with no word on how things are going? Yikes!! Most people want to live in the now, But God is no hurry. His timing is perfect. After all , He created time.
The Poison of impatience
I read somewhere that “God took the Israelites out of Egypt and then spent 40 years getting Egypt out of them”. An eleven day journey took the Israelites 40 years because they had some lessons to learn before they could enter into their promised land. While they were waiting, they grew frustrated and started grumbling. They spoke against God and Moses. In their minds and mouths they went from “It’s taking a long time to get there” to “We’re never going to get there! “There are so many things in life we long to see happen more quickly than they do. There are situations that linger, delays that feel unending and changes that seem impossible. These experiences can rob us of faith and hope. They can make us feel like we’re never going to make it to our desired destination; that we’re never going to see the Promised Land we long for. God is watching and listening. Either we joyously and persistently continue the journey, or we give in to the poison of impatience.
Patience is the only payment
One time l visited my friend’s shop and they happen to sell jewelry. I saw a piece that l liked and l was going to buy it but they told me that l couldn’t buy it with mobile money. The only acceptable form of payment they wanted was cash and because l didn’t have cash, l couldn’t buy the piece. In retrospect, there are some things you can’t get unless you have the right form of payment. Patience is the only payment for that dream, relationship, career, thriving business etc and unless you have patience you may not receive from God. Hebrews 6:12 tells us to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. You need to be patient in order to enjoy the promises of God. The crazy thing is God has already promised you all those things you need but the question is do you have the patience to wait on Him? or you’d rather hustle and try to get it your own way?
How to wait on God?
Waiting doesn’t have to be just empty space of nothing until something happens. God uses seasons of waiting to prepare us for what’s coming, to draw us closer to Him, and to make sure His promises are fulfilled at the proper time. Everything God does is an act of Love so do not ever think that waiting is some form of punishment. So how are you to wait on God’s promises?
– Patiently Psalms 37-7
– Quietly Psalms 62-1
– Expectantly Psalms 27-13
– Steadfastly Psalms 24-14
– Standing on God’s word Psalms 130-5
In life’s waiting rooms, as we look forward to a job, or a promotion, or relationship, what is our attitude? Are we frustrated? Are we simply distracting ourselves? Or are we yielded to the Lord, allowing Him to refuel and refine us through the waiting? Remember Faith + Patience = God’s Promise