If the truth be told, we all don’t want waiting. Particularly if we are waiting for something to change or something to get better. Waiting can be a very frustrating experience, but the worst kind of waiting of all, is waiting on God.
When God forces you to wait for things to get better in your life and nothing is happening. And yet over and over and over again, we are told to wait in the Bible.
Psalms 130: 5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I hope, my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning.
Psalms 27: 13-14 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord.
What does it mean to wait for the Lord.
Biblically waiting for the Lord means to not go outside of the Lord to resolve your issue.
James 5: 7 Therefore be patient brethren until the divine intervention of the Lord, the farmer waits before the fresh produce of the soil, being patient about it until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient, strengthen your heart until the divine intervention is near.
Because if you go outside God to resolve your issues, you delay God in His intervention. One of the ways to know you are not waiting on God in James is that you will be spending a lot of your time complaining instead of worshipping and praising God.
Waiting on God means obeying God as you wait, based on his revealed will according to his word. You will never see what He has planned in secret unless He sees that you are obeying what He has revealed in His word. God doesn’t tell you everything that He’s going to do, but what He tells you in His word, He expects you to do until He shows you what you don’t know that you will do. So when you are tempted to cry and complain about the waiting, that is an invitation to worship. So that raises the question :
What exactly in the world is God doing while I’m waiting?
I definitely want to know what’s going on while I’m waiting. If you are a Christian, two things are happening while you are waiting and nothing and no one illustrates this like the story of Joseph.
Psalm 105: 17& 19 He sent a man before them, even Joseph who was sold for a servant 19. Until the time that His word came: the Lord tested him
Until the time: There was a time aspect for the Lord. He sent Joseph, but how did He sent him? Guess what, his brothers got jealous of the coat of many colors that his father got for him, he was thrown into a pit, argued that he was dead, his brother sold him to the Ishmaelites as a slave, he was taken in slavery and sold in Egypt to Potiphar’s house, once in Potiphar’s house one day he was accused of rape, even though he didn’t commit rape, he was send in jail and the story goes on. This is how God sent him. He send him through things which were all wrong in his life, he send him through one negative situation after another and he’s miserable while God is sending him. He didn’t know whether he was going to live or die while God was busy doing something bigger than him.
One reason why God has you waiting, me waiting, us waiting for various things is that He is doing something bigger than you. You are the one going through a tough time yes, but He is doing something bigger than you. He sent Joseph ahead of his brothers and his father to prepare the way for the rest of the family to come in order to build a nation in the land of Egypt. So while Joseph was the one being sent, he was being sent for a bigger purpose. That’s why when Joseph finally realized what God was doing he said ” God send me here to save you all”. One of the reasons you are waiting is because God is up to something bigger than just you alone.
You know what really gets bad while you are waiting, when God gives you a little hope and the hope dies. It’s bad enough to wait, but don’t give me hope while I’m waiting and then kill the hope. When Joseph interpreted a dream in jail when 2 cell mates had dreams, he told the one that was released to remember him to Pharaoh, and the guy simply forgot. To Joseph it was a chance that he was finally getting released, but he stayed 2 more years because his cellmate forgot.
The second reason why God have us waiting is in Psalms 105:19. The word of the Lord tested him.
What is a test
A test is a negative circumstance that God allows to come to your life for your spiritual development. Because God knew that He was preparing Joseph to make him the second ruler in the Kingdom of Egypt, He had to take him deeper. God tests us because of where He’s taking us and also because it’s easy to worship Him when nothing is wrong, remember Job. He wants us to worship Him not only because of what He has done or He can do for us, but also for who He is.
God is Sovereign. If you do not understand that God is Sovereign, then you will be talking of luck, and chance and maybe and perhaps, you will miss the God behind everything. If you understand God is Sovereign, you will thank God even when you don’t understand even with the negative because you will know nothing happens to you that hasn’t passed through God’s approval. When you follow God, obey God, praise God and love God and negative things are happening to you, do not lose sight of the sovereignty of God, neither did Joseph. When you understand that God oversees even the negatives while you wait, it changes your perspective as you wait.
How do you know when you are waiting on God that God is still with you?
Isaiah 40: 27-31. Why do you say O Jacob, and speak O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord and my right is disregarded by God” 28.Have you not known ? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. 29. He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30. Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted 31. but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
You cannot figure God out, you can only see what He reveals but you cannot figure Him out. Even if you ask a million people who are also lost and waiting like you are, like I am, like we are, we wont figure Him out. He says He doesn’t get weary neither does He get tired .
So in the meantime while I’m waiting what do I do.
He gives strength to the weary, to those who lacks might He increases power. So here is how you know if God is with you while you wait, according to Isaiah. He gives you new strength in 3 ways which are in Isaiah 31.
God will always turn things around for the good of those who love Him. He will turn them around in a way that will surprise you when the His time comes. In a way that’s abundantly above all we are asking Him for.