WAITING, the story of most of our lives, right???
We wait in line at the store, we wait at the doctor, we wait for test results, we wait at red lights, we wait for the weekend, and the list goes on and on. One of the most challenging, but most important parts of waiting, is waiting on the Lord.
The bible speaks of waiting on the Lord in the sense that He is coming back for His children. 2 Peter 3:8-9 says, “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.
This shows His gracious mercy for us all. Praise God for this!!!! We live in a culture today where we want it now and the world makes it so easy to act quickly. It’s easy to make decisions based on our emotions, so that we feel like we have control. As Christians we are to take all our petitions to God in prayer and YES, most of the time we must wait for Him to answer.
This is where it gets challenging for me. But God wants us to wait patiently and courageously, trusting in His timing and His will. The whole point of waiting on the Lord is that we learn to seek Him, to pray, meditate on His word, and hear His voice. He expects us to be completely dependent on Him and to turn over the control we think that we have.
So, when we feel overwhelmed with life’s worries, we need to stop, take a breath, and go to the Lord in prayer. It is okay to let the Lord know our doubts, but then we need to leave them with Him – trusting that He knows best. It is also okay to bring our wants and needs to Him, but we must be patient enough to wait on His direction and His answer. We must let go of all the outside distractions.
His timing is perfect. When we have to wait sometimes it is just not the right time. Other times it can be a sin that God wants us to deal with. This is where seeking Him in prayer, listening for His answer, and giving Him full control of our lives gives us the strength to wait for His will. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord”.