Waiting is Worth it! Part 1

Many of us detest waiting.

We abhor lines.

We’ve become so used to a world of instant everything that it pains us to wait.

But there’s an old saying that good things come to those who wait.

Think about it.

How many good things in life take time?

Earning educational qualifications.

Finding a spouse.

Constructing a house.

Building a career.

Getting your driver’s license.

Anything worth wanting requires waiting.

And usually we can stomach those situations, but not so much in the spiritual realm.

We’ve prayed for deliverance, and we want it now please.

But if we look at the lives of some of those who walked with God in Bible times, we will find that they too waited.

Abraham waited while he depended on God to guide him to his new home.

Daniel waited while praying constantly to be able to return to his homeland.

Joseph was waiting while journeying from a pit to Potiphar’s house and eventually to prison.

Hannah waited (and did a lot of crying) while she prayed for a child.

David waited (and probably wondered whether he would ever be taken seriously, being the baby of the family) while he looked after the sheep.

Paul waited (and was shipwrecked and imprisoned) before achieving his desire to preach in Rome.

Esther waited (probably holding her breath) for the king to decide what to do with her after she approached him unexpectedly.

Samson waited for his hair (and strength) to grow back.

Elijah waited (and was fed by ravens) until God gave him the all-clear.

Jonah waited three days in a dark, smelly fish belly.

Samuel waited while God pointed out the next king.

Rachel waited while Jacob worked (and married her sister in the meantime) fourteen years for her hand.

Folks, do you get it?

Sometimes, God says wait.

Credited to Christian Today

I was reminded today that even while we are kicking up our heels (or throwing a tantrum) in the waiting room, God is working behind the scenes.

We can’t see it. We just need to have faith.

Remenber, faith is a muscle, and like any muscle, we need to exercise it in order to strengthen it.

Think of your favourite movie; consider how many people worked behind the scenes to make it all come together. We don’t get to see their hard work, just the results.

In addition to being impatient, many of us want evidence.

We want to see God working.

But He says have faith.

And wait.

David encourages us:

“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7 (KJV)

“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage…wait I say on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

The exhortations to rest, and to be of good courage imply that while we wait, we ought to trust in God, not fret and become frustrated.

Do you know what all those persons listed previously had in common?

They all knew the Lord.

When I tell my daughter that I am going to pick her up from school, she doesn’t fret and fuss (anymore) when it appears that I am running late. Because she knows me and knows that I will keep my word. She has experienced that. Therefore, she has faith in me.

Like Paul, we should be able to say, “For I know whom I believe and am persuaded that he is able…” 2 Timothy 1:12

Once again, a condition is implied. Having a knowledge of God is necessary in order to have faith.

After all, how can you profess to have faith in, believe in, someone that you do not know?

And I’m not talking about book knowledge here, but an I’ve-experienced-Him-come-though-for-me kind of knowledge.

Only then can we wait. And wait patiently.

We can be confident while we wait because we know who is working behind the scenes on our behalf and we trust Him to work for our benefit. “All things work together for good to them that love God…” Romans 8:28

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