Waiting is a funny thing. You could be waiting in anticipation for your first child, your wedding day or maybe high school graduation. You could be waiting in angst for a job to become available, for healing from an illness or for relief from a stressful situation. I think the majority of the time our waiting is unfortunately more in angst than anticipation.
The church world tells us that God is not bound by time, so as we are stressing over how long it is until “that” day finally arrives, when our waiting is over. People tell us, “Be patient, God’s got it under control. His timing is not our timing.” As I was thinking this over the other day, God started reminding me of several scripture references that actually did refer to his timing and though He is not bound by time, we are, and He gives us comfort as we wait on His timing.
“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son…” Galatians 4:4
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
“…And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
His word reminds me that there is a time for everything and that for such a time as this I have been created and that when the fullness of time comes the very thing I am waiting for will be accomplished in His way.
So as we wait on whatever, especially those things that would bring relief, it would serve us better if we wait with certain attitudes.
- Wait without worry or anxiety. Understand that God is handling this and has you in the palm of His hand as you wait. (Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 64:4)
- Wait without anger. There is a place and time for anger. Jesus even showed us this in his righteous anger over the misuse of his Father’s house by the moneychangers in Matthew 21. Anger, even at God, is okay. He gave us emotion, but we need to move past the anger. If you stay in a state of anger while you are waiting, then your energy level is drained and your outlook and progress is hindered. (Ephesians 4:26, Ecclesiastes 7:9-10)
- Wait without complacently. As you are waiting there is still purpose for you where you are. The situation you are in might cause you to feel paralyzed or stagnant, but remember that God sees right where you are and everything that is happening. He wants you to continue to fulfill your purpose; the purpose for which He has created you. (Ephesians 2:10)
- Wait in faith. Trust God! He is not surprised at what is happening. He has a plan and a purpose even in the waiting. He sees the other side and the timing of the other side of your situation. You can depend on Him and His promise to you. (Psalm 37:5, Psalm 62:8, Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 29:10-14)
- Wait with peace. As you trust God with the circumstance you will be overwhelmed by His peace. (Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7)
- Wait with purpose. This is an echo of #3. Don’t allow the enemy to debilitate you as you wait. As hard as the waiting may be, you can live each day to it’s fullest knowing that God has purpose for you in that day. Even as you long for something more, recognize that this day can be rewarding and full. (John 10:10)
“Waiting is tiresome, but it would be much worse if there was nothing worthy to wait for.”
-George Bernard Shaw