We are always waiting. Waiting for a bus to come, waiting for our spouse or kids to come home, waiting for good or bad news…
Most of us do not like to wait for waiting is associated with frustration, impatience boredom, anger and fear. We do not like to be dependent on others. We like to be in control, to know what is going to happen.
We are living in very uncertain times. We are waiting for Covid to disappear and for the Ukraine war to stop. We experience feelings of powerlessness.
What does the Bible say about waiting? It tells me how I can actively with God’s help.
Jesus was waiting for years. He lived in dangerous times with lots of uncertainty as well.
He waited with no sense of diminishment or loss of dignity
For Jesus, the period before His active ministry was for Jesus a time of active waiting. He was dependent on His parents. He moved around freely. He was waiting for His Father’s timing to release Him into His ministry.
There are different ways of waiting. There is the anxious, resigned form of waiting which brings with it a form of powerlessness. There is a waiting filled with dread and hopelessness. There is the eager waiting for new life, answered prayers, breakthroughs.
I find it very important to wait for God’s timing. I do realize the challenge of staying close to God every day and of discerning and listening to the voice of God. Once I heard from God I face the challenge of obeying him. Sometimes this can mean saying no to things that seem to be good, logical and rewarding. I may not always understand what God is telling me to do or not to do!
There is no wasted time when we wait with God and for His timing. Timing is everything!
God reveals His plans for our life one step at a time. He sees the big picture; He knows why we need to experience this season of waiting but we are limited in what we see and how we interpret what is happening. He is often preparing things and people for us that are not yet available. Can I trust that God is at working in this time of waiting?
I acknowledge His Lordship when I wait on Him.
While I am waiting, God is working. Don’t think that a season of waiting means that God has stopped working. He’s just taking you through that season because He’s using the time to work in your circumstances for your good.
God is never in a hurry. He’s eternal! He is watching. He is working. He is seeing how and when you will trust Him as you’re waiting. You’re saying, “When, Lord? When is it going to happen?” And God’s saying, “You can trust Me with this.”
- What have you been waiting for God to do in your life? What has been your response to the season of waiting?
- How have you seen God work in your life when you have had to trust His timing and not your own?
- What can you do to slow things down in your life so that you learn patience and trust and learn to discern His voice
Bible verses about waiting
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
“But 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.” (ESV)
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (ESV)
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)
My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.