“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25, 26)
No one likes waiting on something for which they desire or need. Most of us want things now. You can probably recall a time when you prayed for something but had to wait a while before receiving an answer to that prayer.
Abraham and Sarah prayed for a child but had to wait until they were old before they had their son, Isaac.
Mary and Martha sent a messenger to Jesus, begging for Him to come to their house quickly because their brother, Lazarus, was very sick. But, Jesus did not come until after Lazarus was dead.
So, why is waiting good for you?
Waiting Strengthens You.
“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
“But those who wait on 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)
Waiting Builds Character and Produces Joy.
“And it will be said in that day; behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
Consequences of Not Waiting on God.
Esau sold all the privileges of his birthright simply because he was hungry and didn’t want to wait to eat. (Genesis 25:29-34)
Because Achan refused to wait like God commanded, it cost him and his family their lives. (Joshua 7)
Psalm 106 gives us a detailed description of how the Israelites forgot God and “did not wait for His counsel.” As a result, they brought on numerous troubles for themselves.
If we choose to not wait on God, we experience frustration, disappointment and anger, which can pressure and provoke us into taking hasty actions that only deliver us more problems.
In Psalm 37:1-8, we can read about the rewards of waiting on God. He will fulfill the desires of our heart and give us success. In summary, these verses say:
||Don’t worry and make bad choices. Instead, trust and wait on God, and He will bless you and make everything work out for good for you.
What God will do when you wait on Him.
He “shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3-7)
God says that those who wait on Him will not regret it. (Isaiah 49:23)
Those that wait on God will not lack anything they need. (Psalm 34:8-10)
Check out what King David said after he waited on God:
“I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my step.” (Psalm 40:1, 2)
When you wait on God, He will act on your behalf. “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)
Waiting gives God the Opportunity to Show up & Show Out.
Sometimes, God waits until all hope “appears” gone before He does His greatest works.
Abraham and Sarah finally had a child together after they thought they were too old to bear children. (Genesis 21:1-7).
Mary and Martha saw their brother raised from the dead after they thought they would never see him again. (John 11)
Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead before He showed up at Mary and Martha’s house after they sent for Him. Why would He do that? This is the answer He gave:
“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)
God waits too!
Have you ever thought that you make God wait on you?
In the days of Noah, God waited with long-suffering for people to repent of their sins and evil way of life. (I Peter 3:20)
God waits on us to give Him the opportunity to love us and bless us.
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)
God waits on us to turn our lives over to Him because He can’t bear to lose you.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)
Jesus stands at the door of our heart knocking, waiting for us to answer.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
Have you been waiting on God? Waiting for an answer to a prayer? A fulfillment to a dream? Justice for a wrongdoing? Do you believe that God’s timing is perfect, and that if you give Him your trust and patience, He will one day show up and show out for you?