Isn’t waiting tough!!! Just the other day I found myself becoming impatient as I stared at the screen on my cell phone waiting for a friend to text me a picture! A few moments seemed like eternity! Even with modern technology and conveniences…waiting can be so difficult!
We all go through times of waiting in our lives. Whether it’s waiting for a job opportunity…waiting for a husband if you are single…or waiting to begin a family.
And for some of us it may be waiting for a breakthrough…a breakthrough in our marriage…a breakthrough in our finances…or a breakthrough in physical or emotional healing.
We find that sometimes…ugh more like many times! …our timing isn’t what God has in mind. And we find ourselves wondering if He will ever answer our prayers or if He knows the urgency of our situation.
We can easily become impatient…anxious…doubtful…fearful… frustrated…angry…discouraged…and even resentful… during these waiting periods.
Waiting wouldn’t be so hard if God would just answer our prayers right away? Right?
We can see that over and over we are told in the Bible to wait on the Lord. One example in the Word of God is in Psalm 27:14 which says…
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. NIV
Now this is pretty interesting…check it out!
There are several words translated as “wait” in the Old Testament. Two Hebrew words qavah and yachal can similarly be translated “wait” and mean “look patiently, hope, expect, and trust”.
Although we can probably all agree that patience and hope are a big part of the waiting process… I would like to draw your attention to a third Hebrew word damam which is sometimes translated “wait” and means “grow silent, be still,” and even “rest”.
This translation caught my attention because really if you think about it… many times the waiting period is far from restful…isn’t it?!
So…therefore I would like to pose the question… “How are you waiting?”
And because we are always waiting for something…the “what” we are waiting for is of course important…but the “how”…the attitude while we wait is of greater importance.
How are you waiting today?
Are you waiting but at the same time trying to help God out by taking matters into your own hands?
Are you waiting with feelings of frustration…anger…discouragement…or hopelessness?
Are you waiting with grumbling and complaining on your lips as did the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land?
Are you waiting with anxiousness…doubt…or a lack of faith in a God with the power to make the impossible possible?
So…How should we be waiting?
And what exactly does “restful” waiting mean?
1. “Restful” waiting means reminding ourselves that God is in control no matter what.
A king’s heart is a water stream that the LORD controls; he directs it wherever he pleases. Proverbs 21:1 ISV
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT
Think of W.A.I.T. as the acronym…
As we anticipate God’s answers or breakthrough in our situation…we must keep trusting Him and keep our mind and thoughts on him.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV
2. “Restful” waiting also means we don’t take matters in our own hands when God doesn’t move fast enough!
Although there is the aspect of walking in faith and taking action in some circumstances…I am talking about doing things in our own strength and power…and even trying to manipulate our situation to get what we want.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8 NLT
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
God’s delays are not necessarily His denials.
1. “Restful” waiting means praying without ceasing or giving up even when we don’t think He hears us.
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Be unceasing in prayer [pray perseveringly]… 1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP
Oh and guess what?! God does hear you! Don’t believe me…believe Him!
I love the Lord, because he has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications. Psalm 116:1 AMP
4. “Restful” waiting means praising and thanking Him through the waiting period. It is amazing how our gratitude will so quickly change our attitude.
Thanking and praising Him allows us to focus on His greatness and power.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 NIV
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. Psalm 92:1 NLT
Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. 2Samuel 22:50 NIV
5. “Restful” waiting means studying God’s Word and His promises.
When we find ourselves doubting, we need to turn to His Word and His promises for then we can “rest” by knowing He has an amazing plan and purpose for our life.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11NIV
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8 NLT
Waiting…no matter what…is no doubt…hard! I can certainly attest to that!
God knows our every need…He knows what we need before we even know it’s a need! But what He is more concerned about is…How we are waiting…our attitude while we wait.
Remember…He is omniscient…He is all-knowing! His delays are not necessarily His denials!
Keep trusting Him…trust and believe that He hears you and will answer you according to the proper time…the right time…the best time…His time!
- What are you waiting for today?
- How are you waiting?
- Are you waiting but trying to help God out by taking matters into your own hands?
- Are you waiting with feelings of frustration…anger…discouragement…or hopelessness?
- Are you waiting with grumbling and complaining on your lips as did the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land?
- Are you waiting with anxiousness…doubt…or a lack of faith in a God with the power to make the impossible possible?
Review the 5 steps outlined above to help you in your waiting period. They will help you wait restfully and have the right attitude…while you wait for whatever you are waiting for God to do in your life!