Waiting. The one thing that no one wants to do. Yet for any Christian who wants to mature in the Lord, waiting is required. It is the process by which we surrender, and learn to recognize the voice of God. It is the place where we lay down our plans and walk in the wisdom of God.
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalms 62:1-2)
Waiting does not mean to sit idly. It does not mean you do nothing, and it most definitely is not wishful thinking. It means you take each step to the best of your ability in step with the Spirit of God. It means faithfulness. It means you are seeking the Lord. But in the midst of it all, the posture of your heart is one of yielding to the Lord. Waiting to hear from Him. Waiting for him to come through, to make a way, to speak, and to give you breakthrough. Waiting on the Lord, many times, is embracing the process by which He humbles us—helping to recognize our need and making us poor in spirit that we may inherit more of what He has promised.
I write this because often we have all these promises given to us by God. God speaks these promises over us through various means. We pray into them, maybe even start moving in some direction to see the promises come to fruition. But over time, with a little discouragement, distractions and the worries of life we slowly lose our hope in those promises. We don’t see it happening, and so we think, “I guess this is not God’s desire or will for me” and we let it go. However, what we are called to do is to wait. To remain faithful with hope-filled expectation and thanksgiving to see the word of the Lord come to pass. This is what we are called to.
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Psalms 40:1-2)
There are times when we do not experience the breakthrough and blessing God has for us, because we did not learn to wait. What if King David did not wait on God, but tried to take everything into his own hands? I do not think he would have seen God provide, protect, and save him the way that God did. So the next time you want to give up on that word you received, that dream that you felt like was from God, that amazing calling you’re excited about but are too scared to go after, remember this: maybe obedience, or victory for you in that moment is to wait. Sometimes faith will express itself through waiting. I encourage you, hold onto the words and dreams you receive from the Lord. Pray into them, but learn to wait while you remain faithful.