For years I struggled with the idea of waiting on God. On the one hand, I’m told to wait on the Lord, but on the other hand, I’m told Faith without works is dead. Those two truths always confused me until recently.
I’m facing possible eviction soon, and the future looks really bleak for me at the moment, but if I haven’t learned anything in the past few, I learned that time never runs out on God.
Waiting on God is not sitting down and doing nothing, but it’s actively pursuing God until He gives you an answer. Here are some truths on waiting on God:
1. Waiting Takes Courage
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 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 40:29-31 NKJV
Waiting on God is very difficult when faced with so much pressure from family, landlords, and time. As I told you guys earlier, I’m in a desperate situation at the moment. My family is worried about me being homeless, and I still haven’t found a job yet. I should be panicking right now, but I know in desperate times that God will work miracles if you continue to wait on Him and not let outside pressure get you off track. Eagles are a symbol of courage, but even an eagle has to wait for the wind, or otherwise, he won’t be as effective.
2. Waiting is Actively Seeking God
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
To seek God means you are praying, reading His Word, and meditating on His Word. Meditating is something I talked about in great length before on this blog. Most people just pray and move on with their day; they don’t read God’s Word, or if they do, they don’t meditate on it. Meditation is crucial to seeking God because you are putting God’s word in your mind, and once it gets in your mind, it enters your heart. Meditation means simply to think; thinking about what you have read through your day.
3. Waiting is Enjoying God
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37:4 NKJV
God will give us the things we desire if it glorifies Him, of course. To get the things we want from God, we must enjoy Him first. God must be the center of our enjoyment. We can like and enjoy things in the world as long as it doesn’t lead us on a path of sin. Listening to worship music, reading the Bible, or writing about God is some ways you can enjoy God. God removes our strong desires first for us to walk in His will and not our emotions. Sometimes God will give us exactly what we want, or if not, He will provide us with something better.
4. Time Never Runs Out On God.
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!'”
Mark 4:35-41 NKJV
God’s timing is always perfect; regardless of our earthly deadlines, God always comes in at the right time. We think God doesn’t hear our cry, but He does. We have to be patient even during the stormy seasons of our life. Jesus didn’t fear because He knew His Father (God) is causing the storm. Storms in life aren’t made to kill us but to help us grow spiritually and for us to see God for who He is.