Waiting

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.

Stay blessed.

Maxx’

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17 thoughts on “Waiting

  1. There are 2 ways to wait…Patiently or Un-patiently…either ways,u have to wait…so u choose the one that is best…my bet is on ‘Patiently’…#suru-lere!

    • lol at un-patiently.

      the best things come to those who wait on Him humbly rather than “take the laws into their hands”. may we rest firmly on His promises. God bless you.

    • thank God dear. i believe He wants me to apply His word in my situation as well. i pray we always remember what He has spoken and rest secure in His assurance.

  2. Amen. True this, I’m learning it daily!
    If I can add another reason why we should wait, is so that we can REST, totally. Do NOTHING. Sometimes, God wants you to DO NOTHING, so He can do everything, and it is difficult for us to accept sometimes. Sometimes, our imperfect doings mess up His perfect doings for us and for other people. Like Joseph chilling in the prison instead of planning prison break attempts, the Lord was arranging things in place in His good time. “So let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.” ~ James 1:4.

    Cheers, and God bless!

  3. I thought I commented on this:

    “Waiting”
    i hate this so much BUT
    I am learning that some things you wait on God
    in order to do right and fulfil your calling in God
    It is always worth it; for me I have learnt so much
    about God than if I had closed my ears and gone
    my way.
    BUT don’t be fooled, it is pretty difficult but awesome
    when you are done!

  4. LOOOL @Toonna’s ‘Joseph chilling in prison instead of planning prison break attempts’

    Alright… Well… This talk is a course on its own. LOOOOL. Like Dami said, there is a knowledge of God in STILLNESS. ‘be still and know I’m God’

    A dimension of it, I’m learning now… I’m presently waiting on God for something but funny enough, I don’t feel scared that it is taking time… I’m surprised myself. I sometimes feel I’m nonchallant about the whole matter. But you know, my heart is at peace and still rejoicing.

    I would wait (PREPARED) like the wise virgins waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom. PREPARED!!!

    God bless you maxx for this wonderful post, sorry for reading and commenting late though.

    @shinobi_ennri

    • The good thing is that we know He will do as He says hence we can go about our business in peace. Yet we fret. Lol

      Another dimension is that while it may appear He is doing nothing He is actually doing plenty to make the gift just right. But we don’t see it because we are not Him.

      I’ve realised that cooking with a very high flame doesn’t necessarily lead to better cooked food. The best cooked meals take slow heating to cook properly. Same as refined gold. The longer it stays in the fire the purer it is.

      It is tough. But we will wait. May we always be rest assured that He knows what He is doing. We may cry, be confused, become nonchalant, still we will trust Him. He does not fail.

      Thanks bro. Nice view. It is indeed a topic on it’s own.

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