In sermons that I have heard preached, in posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even Pinterest I keep hearing and seeing references that God is faithful and to wait on the Lord. I even wrote a blog post, which I have yet to publish, “Having Faith in God is Trusting in His Timing”. I'm pretty sure that God is speaking to me because there are some things that I want to happen in my Internet ministry that haven’t happened yet and I’m having to wait patiently in faith.
You may be praying for something that hasn't happened yet too. Maybe it’s for you, a friend, or family member to be healed of an illness, maybe it’s for a financial blessing, maybe it’s for a new job, maybe it’s for a spouse, whatever it is hasn't happened and you are wondering if it will ever happen. Yes, you have faith in God and His promises but it’s so hard to wait. If that’s the case then this post is for you too.
I read this today from 5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul by Sheila Walsh. It blessed me and I pray that it blesses you as you wait.
It isn’t easy, especially when we are waiting on God, but Scripture is filled with the stories of men and women who experienced agonizing periods of waiting on the Lord.
Abram and Sarai waited twenty-five years for God to fulfill His promise that someday they would have a child. When Isaac was born, they were old enough to be great-grandparents!
The Israelites suffered for more than four hundred years in Egyptian slavery, waiting for God to deliver them from their cruel bondage.
After Samuel had anointed him king of Israel, David waited years to assume the throne that was rightfully his.
For three long days Jesus’ followers waited for hope to break through their darkest despair as His battered body lay in the tomb.
Jesus rose from the dead and returned to the Father to prepare a home for us, and we who call Him Savior and Lord have been waiting more than two thousand years for Him to return.
The difficult work of waiting often seems to be part of our relationship with God. His timing is just different from ours. The apostle Peter wrote,
Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. — 2 Peter 3:8
What does this have to do with our quiet time with God? When I enter into that space with God, I often experience a period of waiting, and I think that comes with being human. Don’t be discouraged if your struggle to quiet your mind or you feel as if your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling. Grant yourself the gift of relaxing into the wait. If you gently continue to turn your heart back to Him, simply waiting on Him, you will experience His presence.
And His presence will be worth the wait!
I choose to step into the quiet and wait for You.
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV) For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is forlife; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 33:20-21 (NKJV) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Psalm 37:7-9 (NKJV) 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm.9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 130:5 (NKJV) I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) But those who wait on 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.
Micah 7:7 (NKJV) Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
I am learning to wait patiently on God’s timing. I’m not there yet but I’m getting better.
Are you waiting for an answer to prayer? If you are and you don’t mind sharing it in the comments we can agree in prayer together that God’s will be done in your life and in His timing.