We Wait While God Works (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 252)
Micah 7:7 (NLT)
As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.
In our society, many of us have a serious problem with waiting. It’s human nature to crave immediate gratification. But the Bible tells us repeatedly that waiting is a stage of life that all believers must go through. God uses this period of waiting to teach us to be patient and to trust Him fully. It is in our imperfect waiting that God proves his power and strengthens us to practice patience.
While you’re waiting, it can seem as though God is doing nothing on your behalf. Waiting is often a period of silence where we can hear no divine words or not even feel he is near. But God is working things out for your good even the negative situations that we try to avoid. God never stops working on behalf of his children. He uses the period of waiting to help us learn to trust him with our lives.
Much of our life is going to be spent waiting. During that time, if we don’t learn to trust God we will only spin our wheels, trying to force things through and never get anywhere near where we’re trying to go. God does not live in time so he is never in a hurry like we are. Some of God’s greatest blessings come during periods of waiting.
Some of us wait but we wait with an attitude. We wait but we complain about the waiting. God isn’t looking for that. He wants us to wait patiently, confidently, and trustingly. We’ve all be frustrated even when waiting for the simplest things. But God wants to see how satisfied we will be while waiting and how our faith and trust will grow during this process.
Trust that when you pray, God hears you. Remember that a delay doesn’t mean ‘no.’ It could mean ‘not right now.’ It is in these ‘not right now’ moments that God wants to see whether we will keep on trusting him, keep on believing him, and keep on standing firm on his promises. Everything happens in God’s time for our good and for his glory. Trust that while you’re waiting, God is faithfully working on your behalf.
“Waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.”
— John Ortberg