Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD”.
What are you waiting on right now? Many of God’s faithful servants had to wait years on Him for their futures to unfold. Noah waited 120 years for the flood to come while he built the ark. Abraham waited 25 years to have his son, Isaac. And of course, Jesus waited 33 years to become the Savior of the world. So why would God tell someone what He planned to do so long before it transpired? And what are we supposed to do while we wait? I am going to propose five possible ideas:
1) There was (and is!) work to be done.
Noah needed to build the ark to save his family before the flood. Imagine gathering, cutting, and shaping all of that wood. And then finding the animals!
2) For humans to learn what God’s timing is like.
Since I became a Christian, I really have had to learn this lesson. I once prayed for someone for 12 years before I saw my prayers answered. But boy-o-boy…did God answer them! Humans like to think we are in control, but when answers to prayers and prophesies don’t come quick, we really learn who is in control.
3) God wants us to learn to be prayerful and grateful.
Our true personalities show when we are asked to wait. We start to feel pressed on all sides and become impatient and irritable. We want to start yelling, and some of us do. The only good choice becomes apparent and we learn we must be humble. Humility is a stance before God that He knows best. Our best example of humility is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew it was best for God’s will to be done.
4) To begin to accept and even enjoy our current circumstances.
Paul said he was content no matter what. Psalm 23 says not to “be in want”. When we are able to surrender our wish, want and demand list, we can finally be at peace.
5) God wants to prepare us for our future.
God is always ready. He wants His people to be ready as well when new blessings arrive and when new tasks are assigned. There is work that has to be done in all of us to become more Christ-like (“sanctification”). As God shapes us for good works both now and in the future, there is often waiting involved.
What do you think God might be doing in your heart as He asks you to wait? What rough edges need to be made smooth in you and will you surrender?