Have you ever felt like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Perhaps, like me, you have prayed for years about something but God seems silent. At this point you begin to have alternative ideas about solving your problems.
The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
It’s hard to find many people getting committed to waiting for their season of glory in order to shine. Waiting is hard work and, at times, can even test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever end in this lifetime. There are lots of desires we long for in prayer and news we’re waiting to hear. These can tempt us to be impatient, discouraged, to worry, and even to wonder if God cares.
Many can wait but for how long will they wait for God to answer them. God is an all knowing God and he assures us with lots of scriptures about what we should do while we wait. And He even promises us strength through it all.
This makes it obvious that everything that happens to us in our waiting period is on purpose.
In God’s own time He makes all things beautiful. We make hasty decisions in life because of our expectations. If only many had waited patiently enough, a lot would have changed about their life.
2 Peter 3:8(NIV) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
There is just one virtue and also a fruit of the Spirit that I will centre the whole waiting ideology on and that is “Patience”.
Galatians 5:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)
But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
“Patience deals with having the capacity to accept or tolerate delays, trouble or sufferings without getting angry or upset.”
It can only be developed under trials.
Patience is only needed when there is a reason to not wait.
There is a purpose for being patient while you wait. Take a look at Hebrews 12:2 Waiting on God forces us to look to Him. It casts our eyes rightly to Christ as the source of our faith and the assurance of our salvation. It reminds us that Christ’s death and life is the reason we can be filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Trials cause us to persevere by deepening our knowledge of God and relying on him more intentionally.
James 1:2-4 tells us it is here that a mature and complete faith is grown.
What to do while waiting
In Galatians 5:22 the emphasis is on “how we act while waiting”.
Patience is all you need when all seems to fail.
Patience can bring sufferings to the present moment. Yet when attention is paid to the things happening right before you, you will know that God is working and he is up to something indeed.
Every single change in life had always come through a process. It might take longer than we think it should but it’s always worth the wait.
Waiting is not an enjoyable moment sometimes but when we make a decision to wait on God’s way we can easily handle it and become patient enough. Through this we find joy because we trust a God who never fails.
In your waiting period you have to push harder towards the goal.
Every dream or promise needs to be fulfilled in one way or the other. What do you do when you are waiting for God to come through for you.
Unlike waiting, patience has nothing to do with time. You don’t stop everything and wait, you keep living in the present moment until the right thing shows up.
Put your hope in God and rest in Him
No one hopes for what he/she already has.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently(Romans 8:22- 25).
Put your hope in God during such times because He will give you clarity. It may take time, but along the way He will help you out. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”(Psalm 37:7)
Resting in the Lord means to cast all of your anxieties on Him. He will take care of them. While you rest, wait with patience for the Lord because He will answer your calls. It may not seem like it, but He will. All good things take time, you just have to learn to be patient.
Being impatient causes many to miss out on some blessings.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:25)
Be obedient to God’s way
Wait for God’s promise instead of going your own way.
God’s goodness is promised for those who wait patiently for him! No matter how long and hopeless things appear to us,when we wait on Him he will never disappoint us. Ephesians 3:20 says “God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to his power at work within us”
Deepen your knowledge of God
When you come to understand who God is and you keep building your faith in Him alone you get an assurance that He is an able God and there’s nothing He can’t do for you. Without that knowledge you might be lost thinking. Through this our faith is build completely.
Be expectant and don’t stop Praying
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
Romans 12:12 Amplified Bible
constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],
Think of the things in your life that you could devote a little patience towards. Ask the Lord for help with patience. Never stop praying while you wait.
Trust me, the waiting may be hard, but it will make you stronger. The benefits that patience brings are certainly worth any uncomfortable wait!
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