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. Isaiah 40:31
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.Psalm 37:7
I have such a hard time waiting. I deplore waiting in long lines, and will skip after-Christmas blowout sales and back-to-school extravaganzas just to avoid them. I hate sitting in doctor’s waiting rooms and looking at five year old Golf Digest Magazines. I REALLY don’t like waiting for repair people to come – sometime between 12 and 6 pm. And to think I have to wait 1.5 minutes for the microwave to heat water for tea! It’s just too much, I tell you.
That’s why my eyes always seem to be drawn to the “waiting” scriptures in the Bible. The Lord must know I need patience in my life and He makes sure those verses jump off the pages at me.
You see, so much of life is a “go, go, go” adrenaline rush of accomplishment. Things to do, places to go, people to see . . . our lives are filled to the brim with activity. We want to take life by the horns and make things happen – why it’s the American Way! What a shock to the system it is when God says, “Wait.”
Wait for that ministry opportunity.
Wait for that longed-for baby.
Wait for a promotion.
Wait for a husband.
Wait for healing.
Wait for a new job.
Wait for your God-given vision to come to pass.
When God asks us to cool our heels and wait on Him, we need to remember that His timing is always right. When our desires line up with His will, He will cause circumstances to be orchestrated at exactly the right moment that will bring about that “thing” we are waiting on. His power and His glory are never late, His grace is never wasted, His arm is never short, His love never fails. He is not bound by our timeframe, but excels in surprising us with His goodness – on His own terms, which far exceeds our expectations.
Are you waiting on God? The Bible is full of promises for those who wait on Him. I’ve shared two: can you add to my list today to encourage others who are in the waiting?