Psalm 62:5 “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
Waiting is very difficult for me. I have always admitted that patience is not my strongest virtue. In fact, I’m not sure that I possess that virtue…. However, I am slowly learning that if we choose to be impatient and not wait on God, we will make a terrible mess of things. If we continuously choose the fast way, God will place an obstacle in front of us that forces us to stop and give Him control. I have seen many times in my life that He had to place many obstacles before I stopped and waited on His direction.
God’s pace is not our pace. We live in a culture of instant gratification but God’s time is infinite. Most of the time I believe that we start out believing and trusting God. But when we do not see results, we start moving. Do we choose to act rather than wait because we do not trust God’s timing? Are we afraid that he will be late with the answer?
When I think of waiting, King David always comes to mind. He was anointed as king at that age of 15 and spent 7 years in the palace with Saul. Then Saul became jealous and David spent years hiding from Saul and his army while they tried to kill him. His flesh must have been tired of waiting. Tired of running and being hunted when his true rightful title was King. But when given the chance to kill Saul and take the kingdom, he did not. He made the choice to wait on God’s timing. He trusted that God would deliver on the promise that He had made.
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13-14).
On the other hand, Abraham is a prime example of how we can believe what God has promised, then take matters into our own hands when things do no proceed in “our” timely manner.
In Gen 15:4-5- God took Abram to look up at that sky and count the stars. That’s how many descendants he promised him. Abram believed him. But as time passed, his faith in God’s promise began to fade. He took his servant Hagar as a substitute wife to bear children. Although this was common practice during that time, it was not God’s will for Abram. Twenty- five years later, Isaac was born. God’s promise was fulfilled. God did not lie to Abram. The son that was promised was birthed.
Because our trials are so intense, they seem to last forever. Abram chose to take action instead of wait on God. If he had waited on the Lord for his miracle son, he would not have entered into the fleshly union with Hagar. His hasty decision continues to live with us today with the ongoing problems in the Middle East.
When we choose our own way and do not wait on God we will pay a price. I face a situation today that I want to “fix”. I can see what I think should be done to make things right. But like Abram, I’m certain that what I see as a solution would not be the plan that God has. It would not be His perfect will, but my need to see a result. Therefore, I must wait. I must wait on God and trust His word. The scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4
Doing God’s will sometimes means waiting patiently. Yes, patiently!
Tell God what you need and wait for Him to act.
When David waited God did the following:
- God lifted him our of his despair
- God set his feet on solid ground
- God steadied him as he walked
- God put a new song of praise in his mouth
We too will see the Lord’s goodness if we learn to patiently wait upon in Him in the full faith.
Often blessing cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting.