In this fast-paced world we live in today, no one wants to wait. Everyone wants everything done immediately. Unfortunately, that is not how God works most of the time.
Last week, in my quiet time with God, I was praying about a matter. It is something I have been wanting to move forward on, but I have felt a very small whisper of God urging me to wait…just wait a bit longer.
I really want to get things moving, my flesh is ready and prepared to move forward. Yet I have this still small voice bidding me to wait. It’s not a loud command, almost a suggestion or a recommendation.
As I was praying about it, I heard Kelita’s voice. She was speaking something to me that she had text me the day before. It was a simple comment. In my heart, I heard her say, “waiting was in our favor.”
You see Kelita had been waiting on a manifestation of monies coming to her for almost four years. Through those years she, at times, she became frustrated that it was taking so long. However, in the end, her response was; waiting was in our favor.
I knew God was telling me it would be better for me if I wait. It’s not that I must wait, only that it would be better for me if I did. Aha.
With this new understanding, I decided to look through the word of God and see what God had to say about those who wait. I want to share those scriptures with you.
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
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25
The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. Amplified Bible Lam. 3:25
Therefore, the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore, He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18
And therefore, the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore, He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! Amplified Isaiah 30:18
Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. Psalm 37:34
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
Wow! Those who wait on God are; Strengthened. He is GOOD to those who wait on Him. They are empowered to prosper who wait on Him, and they shall inherit the land.
Those are great promises for those who wait.
I found the definitions of wait interesting as well. In most scripture the word ‘wait’ means; to wait or to adhere to. However, in a couple of the scriptures it is defined; to twist in pain, writhe in pain, tarry in travail, continue trusting, become wounded.
I have certainly felt the latter definition.
When I was looking for a vehicle after selling mine, I felt this kind of wait. Each time I found a vehicle I thought would work, I would feel God nudge me to wait.
That was fine the first few weeks, but after going without a vehicle for a month it was becoming difficult. I was twisting in frustration. I was tarrying in travail. However, in the end, just as with Kelita, waiting was in my favor. I thank God I waited on Him and His plan.
It’s easy to take things in our own hands and attempt to do it in our own strength. And yes, we can do that. I have done that. But I have learned, it is always better to wait on God. His plan is so much better than our plan. His ways are higher than our ways. If He is telling you to wait, or if you have no choice but wait. Simply wait. It will turn for your favor. It did for me. It did for Kelita. And I am certain waiting will be in my favor in this current situation as well.
Waiting is not easy. It would be much easier for me to take this matter into my hands and move forward. But I know God’s way is better. I can’t see it at the moment, but I trust Him. He has proven Himself faithful to me over and again, therefore I wait.
Wait upon the Lord, my friend. His way is better.
Meditate on this:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5