A couple of years ago a country song came out called “Waiting on Woman.” The song is about all the ways a man waits for a woman, and he gladly waits because she is worth. While it is not a particularly great song, it does have a nice sentiment and points to the fact that we will gladly wait on things that are worthwhile. However, for many waiting on God is hard and not something done gladly.
The truth is none of us truly enjoy waiting on much of anything. The DMV line, a page to upload on the internet, traffic, and the list goes on. We live in a society of expectant immediate satisfaction and gratification. We want it, and we want it now.
My wife and I are currently adopting our one-year old son from India. In this process, there is a lot of waiting. In particular, we are waiting to hear back for when our court date is which is one of the final steps. We are so close to the finish line but for a month and a half there has been silence. We have been praying to God for news, any news, and frankly I am growing tired of waiting. However, in God’s infinite grace and wisdom he is teaching me lessons; especially a lesson in what it means to wait on Him.
Isaiah 26:8 says, “O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.” Later in the book the reward for those on those who wait for God is explained in Isaiah 64:4 as it states our God is a God, “who acts for those who wait for Him.”
Our faith in a sense is a is known for waiting. The Israelites waited 400 years to be freed from Egypt. They then waiting 40 years to enter the promised land. Israel waited expectantly for the Messiah to come. Now we, New Testament people, longingly wait for the return of Christ to restore this world. Here are three quick lessons I have learned in waiting on God.
Waiting Means He is in Control
Waiting teaches us that we are not in control of the situation. God is carrying it all on his shoulders, and He is the one in control. Someone once asked, “Why pray to a God who is in complete control and already knows the outcomes which you cannot change?” The better question, why would you pray to a God who is not in control? God is able to carry the load. Surrendering to God means recognizing and living under His control. We should be thankful for this and let out a huge sigh of relief. The One who is in control is more than capable.
Waiting Strengthens Our Faith in God
When we wait we learn the valuable lesson of not getting ahead of God. Waiting undoubtedly teaches us that we need God, and that we can trust Him. His timing is perfect even when it does not fit into our schedule. In a season of waiting we pray more and thus commune with God regularly. When the waiting is over we are able to see the goodness of God in our waiting. While you wait and commune with God you will get to know Him better. Through this your faith will go stronger as will you trust in Him.
Waiting Gives God the Glory
I think we too often forget that we are not the center of the universe. God is not only working in our lives, but He is also working in the lives of every individual on the planet. Not only that, he is working a variety of goals in each individual.
Take the story of Joseph for example. We get caught up in all the bad stuff happening to Joseph we miss minor details in the story that have a major impact. Take the cup bearer for example. He was in prison for a petty reason, essentially because Pharaoh was in a bad mood. God used that attitude to put the cup bearer in prison. God placed joseph in the same prison at exactly the right time so he could meet Joseph and tell him his dream. Joseph would interpret this dream and eventually be put in a position to save Egypt and Joseph’s family and preserve the line of Jesus.
We may not see it immediately, but there is a reason to wait on God. He may use you waiting for the advancement of someone else. Our waiting is for our good because our God is good. So, we gladly wait because He is more than worth it.