Waiting Takes Patience and Time

31 Aug

We are to wait all the day. Psalm 25:5, “on thee do I wait all the day”. We can’t just choose to wait in some situations during the course of the day and choose not to wait at other times. We must wait all day, every day. We must wait on God, we must wait on others, we must wait during situations, we must wait for outcomes.
There may be times that we have to tell ourselves to wait and this will require much discipline, much effort. Why? Because we end up losing our will in God‘s will. This is what David did. Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”. He had to tell himself to wait on God because his expectation (his hope) was from God alone. He knew others would disappoint Him but not his God. It is a spiritual discipline and it takes great effort to wait. It exercises our spiritual senses. We don’t like to put down our will; we often want our own way. We think we know best. But we must realize, that this way of thinking is sin. Our ultimate purpose in life (the reason why we were created) is to bring glory and honour to Jesus Christ and Him alone.
If we look to our Saviour, He is the One that will help us because waiting comes from His hand. Our hearts, however, must be at the place of full surrender to Him so that He can help us. We do not desire to shorten the almighty hand of God, by our sinful resistance. Do we? A sinful resistance may allow tragedy to strike our hearts and perhaps even our lives and futures.
As I said, waiting often takes patience. We are often blessed with a vision that the Lord has for us. A vision meaning what we think His will is for our futures (ie. a wife and mother, a ministry opportunity, even a new possession, etc). However, sometimes this vision tarries – it doesn’t always come right away. God gives us the vision, the desire; but allows us to wait for it to be fulfilled because there is still some molding that needs to take place in our lives, a learning experience, maybe even a little more spiritual growth. It is our responsibility and it is in our ability to wait for it. Hab. 2:3, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time.” In its appointed time, the vision will be fulfilled. God knows when the appointed time is, we don’t. That is why it is often so very difficult. But this time of waiting will strengthen us spiritually and cause us to lean more on Christ and our authorities.
Do you often wonder what your purpose here on earth is? What God has in store for your future? How God wants you to spend your life for Him? Just tarry….wait…..He does not desire to hide His will from you so that you feel like you are tossed to and fro with every opportunity that comes your way. He desires for you to be steadfast and grounded in Him and His purpose for your life. Wait for the vision, it will come. Seek His face, immerse yourself in His Word so that the mind of Christ may dwell in you. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 As you wait, seek out ways to serve others – your family, the church, those we around us. No matter how small or insignificant a service may seem, God sees our willingness to bless Him by blessing others and this pleases Him. Many times future callings and visions come from our obedience to the little things that He has sent our way. As we walk thru these doors of opportunity, we will experience so many unimaginable blessings that only God could have given.
We want answers to prayer now. We want a vision or a calling now. We want desires now. For some of us, we want a husband now; we want love now. But we can’t have everything now. Our requests or desires often linger and are unfulfilled. God often knows that an answer or a direction in life given later rather than at the present is best for us and hence we have to wait on Him. But we must choose to wait – it is in our own power. We can easily force our own desires; we can take matters into our own hands and be out of the will of God and miss out on His blessing for our lives. God will not override our wills; so we must be very careful and walk thru life in the power of the Spirit having our wills in subjection to our Saviour’s. We must be under His authority to expect His purpose to be fulfilled in our lives.
If we become stubborn, wanting our own desires granted immediately, pursuing our own interests despite how God may lead – there is a great possibility that God can give us up to our own wills. This is what happened to the children of Israel while in the wilderness. They would so often grumble and complain and God would often give them what they wanted – but it would leave them empty and sometimes they’d be left with hurtful consequences. This is not the best way.
Continue to wait. Let patience have her perfect work. It will be worth it!

Tomorrow: Is waiting a command or an option?
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