Waiting

cat_waiting_for_food-t2This morning on the way for my ten-year colonoscopy, with my stomach feeling like my throat had been cut, I was hoping the wait time would be minimal. It was. I got right in and out and was eating breakfast by 8 AM. Nobody likes to wait. Yet, deep inside we expect to have to wait on things like the light to turn, at good restaurants or for voice mail to cycle through. We go into that kind of stuff with our eyes open knowing full well that it isn’t going to happen without a time of waiting. But when it comes to God, well that is a horse of a different color—-right?   Waiting on God makes waiting on the mundane a piece of cake!

God waiting is not a passive way of killing time. It is an activity.  It is a quiet and sometimes a very prolonged active stillness.  God waiting needs to be a directed, purposeful expectancy.  It should be a deliberate directing our attention toward God, awaiting His intervention on our behalf per his perfect timetable.  Charles Stanley says waiting is “Like standing on tiptoe waiting (God’s) further instruction” (1 The Glorious Journey p330).

God is rich in mercy.  He is not an absent-minded kind of God.  He always has a specific reason for telling us to wait.  When waiting on God our sole responsibility is to trust — just to trust God.  That’s it, nothing else. What I’ve discovered is that God always gives me clear direction. However, in my life He’s never been in a hurry. So, here’s the take away. The longer God takes to give direction, the more He has to teach us. When things aren’t going smoothly, remember to trust His love and not complain. Wait on God’s instructions. They will come at just the right time and they will be correct.

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)

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