One of the most difficult things to do…
A state of delay of action or movement pending the occurrence of something.
A stay of further movement or action pending the occurrence of another.
Putting some activity on hold.
It is not easy to wait. No. Not by a long shot.
As humans we have all had cause to wait for something at different times. We have been held up in traffic, held up by our friends and family, teachers, doctors, etc. We have all experienced what it is to wait one way or another. We can mostly agree that it is not an easy thing to do.
As children of God do we have to wait? Yes. Sometimes for even much longer periods than many who do not serve God.
Now in waiting we must have come across the words “patient” and “patience”. Being patient is to be content to wait if necessary, to not be bothered by having to wait. To display patience is to be patient.
We cannot be mistaken about this: God teaches His children patience. Slowly. Carefully. However. The lessons must be learnt.
We cannot have fruitful relationships with God or man if we will not be patient. We will not grow in strength and character if we will not be patient. We will not achieve our dreams if we will not be patient. Patience is a virtue. We cannot live good lives without the ability to wait.
The word of God tells us that those who wait on God will renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31).
We are also told that it is good to wait for God (Lamentations 3:26).
All over His word emphasis is laid on waiting. He does not fail to deliver, save, help those who wait on Him. (Psalms 27:14; 37:9 & 34. Proverbs 20:22)
Patience indeed is one of the fruits of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22.
It is not easy to wait. But then again the best things in life are not easy to get. People make all sorts of damning mistakes and have their lives badly messed up as a result of their failure to wait. Where a little patience will have revealed the true state of things they chose to jump the gun with often devastating results.
God waits. So His asking is to wait is not unreasonable. He demands that we wait. It is mostly for our good. Time has a way of revealing truths that would otherwise not be revealed.
Sometimes we don’t even have a choice but to wait. Where you can do nothing about something you will have to wait without being told.
In the end when God gives us a promise, we must wait for Him if we are to receive that which He has promised. Sometimes He holds on to the reward until we are truly ready for it. Until we are truly prepared for it. Sometimes we are the cause of delay, because we sometimes just wait without actually preparing ourselves to receive, or preparing ourselves for the reward.
What should we do while we wait?
We should praise Him.
We should trust Him.
We should prepare ourselves for His fulfilment.
We should do His work.
We should help others.
We should improve ourselves.
We should learn new skills.
We should rejoice.
He has never failed. He will never fail. Waiting on Him is obedience.
Do we lack the grace to wait? Do we lack patience? We can ask Him who is ever willing to give to those who ask and He will give us all the grace and patience we need.
I encourage you: whatever it is that God has promised you or you have asked Him for, wait for it. His gifts are worth it. His blessings make rich and add no sorrow. His blessings come with fullness of life and divine favour. His blessings come with no regrets. Trust Him.