This is probably my least favorite word.
Wait:to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens
There have been so many times in my life where God’s answer to my question is wait. This is so hard. So so hard. Especially when I am asking for something I think I need. There have been so many times in my life, whether it be in relationships, a job, a place to live, etc. where I have prayed and prayed and God’s only response is to wait and trust Him. And because I know God, I also know I am not the only one who has been told to wait and be patient. Waiting on God to do something is the hardest thing He will ever ask us to do because it completely goes against our nature. We literally have to go against ourselves to wait, but nevertheless God still requires us to wait.
So what do we do?
I will just be honest with you, I am the most impatient person. I regretfully have to say that I have never waited like God has asked me to. Thankfully, He still looks after me when I try and make my own way, and always brings me back into His perfect will. Thankfully, He has never let me screw up my whole life in my impatience. There aren’t words for the gratitude I have for that. Thankfully, we are not discredited or devalued because we choose to be impatient and not wait like God has asked us to do.
Let me tell you that again. Just to make sure you get it.
YOU are NOT discredited or devalued because you have chosen to be impatient.
Thankfully, Jesus is much bigger than us, and He knew we would get impatient and He knew the choices we would make. So He makes provisions for when we do that. Now, there are always consequences for our actions, but Jesus doesn’t give us the boot because we got impatient. He loves us unconditionally, regardless of our behavior.
There are many areas of my life where I am waiting. I’m waiting on my husband, I’m waiting on my career path to be clear, I am waiting on direction for my family, I am waiting on a lot of things…things I think I need. However, do I really need them?
That’s a hard question to ask yourself.
I have come to the conclusion that God has to be enough for me. He said that if we seek His kingdom first everything else will follow.
So when He asks us to wait, we have to make sure we seek Him in everything. If I am giving everything to God, seeking Him first, and staying in His perfect will everything else will follow. So all the things I think I need…they will come. And they will come in God’s perfect timing.
So…if you are in a season where God is asking you to wait….I want to encourage you to wait. Be as patient as you possibly can. Pray that God will give you so many other things to invest in that you are so consumed with all the awesome things He is doing, you aren’t focused on the things you are waiting for. God does everything in perfect timing, and He always wants whats best for us.
Jesus always shows up. Even though He doesn’t always show up like we think He should, He always shows up and He is always working.
Be encouraged my friends…Jesus has your back and He loves you more than you will ever know.