I know i speak with authority when i say that 99% of the people in the world are not patient. If you doubt this, just look at how we behave in traffic jams, in queues at banks or supermarkets. We often get frustrated waiting and we are always in a rush to get to the next place or the next thing. It is human nature and we are always trying to justify it.
Waiting is even harder when we want to hear news about something or when we pray about something and want an answer very quickly. In such instances, our patience can be stretched and we start to question God and his ways. We wonder whether God is asleep or away on some vacation.
When we pray long and hard about a situation we are facing without receiving any answers, we usually decide to just learn to live with it. We go on about our business, wondering if or when God will send the answer. But God does hear those prayers, and He’s working out the answers even though we may not know all the details. Our situation can change suddenly and in a twink of an eye.
However, God wants us to learn that while he is working out the finer details of our situation, we are also trusting that he is doing what is best for us and we are WAITING patiently. In the Bible, we read about the story of Mary and Martha while they are waiting on Jesus to come and heal their brother, Lazarus. When Jesus finally shows up, he was accused of taking too long and only turning up when Lazarus had been buried! They forgot that as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he had the capacity to do anything at any time and in any place.
Waiting on God was one of David’s secrets of being a man after God’s own heart. David went in and sat before the Lord (2 Sam. 7:18). God was his confidence, and he trusted Him in every aspect of his life: for guidance and instruction (Ps. 25:5), for help and defense (Ps. 33:20), for victory over his enemies and vindication (Ps. 37:7,9,34; 52:9), for deliverance from trouble and destruction (Ps. 40:1, 59:9), for His refuge from treachery and oppression (Ps. 62:1,5), for His forgiving love (Ps. 130:5-6), and much more.
I once read this passage somewhere and i hope it makes sense to you as much as it did for me.
“Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to prayer. Waiting tests our submission to Him as our trustworthy Authority. Waiting is not necessarily resignation from all activity; it is submission to God’s better idea. Waiting on God means that all of our life is brought under God’s umbrella of authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, we will be painfully chastened by turmoil, exhaustion, and failure. Taking matters in our own hands has ample instructive precedent in God’s Word. Think of Abraham with Ishmael, Saul’s usurping the role of a priest, Israel looking to Egypt for help (Isa. 30:1-3), or walking in the light of our own fire (Isa. 50:11.)”
That sums up what waiting is all about!
Waiting reveals our character! I have always confessed that I am not good at waiting. In fact i can get quite impatient if things are not moving at the pace i want them to be! With time, i have learnt a bit of patience; i am not yet there but i am on my journey. Waiting reveals a lot about our character as people and also about our motives. I have realized that every time I have a good motive for wanting something so bad, I am willing to wait for it regardless of how long it takes. But if its just something i want in the heat of the moment, i usually just give up. And that is how many of us are.
Waiting builds our dependency on God. The thing about waiting is that you finally get the point that you do not run your own life and you are not the master of your own destiny. You realize and admit that you actually need help in everything you do. You realize that without God’s intervention, you are absolutely nothing!!!!! That point of realization is always an eye-opener! Once you get to that point, you realize that if God doesn’t come through for you, you are finished! And you become fully dependent on GOD!! How sweet it is to trust in Jesus!
Therefore as Christians and even those that may not be Christians, we need to understand that God’s answer to every thing is either, “yes”, “NO” or “Wait” Do not misinterpret his “WAIT” for “NO” You must learn to wait and wait with a smile on your face.
To sum it up all, i found this useful passage on a certain website i cannot recall and it says”
How Do We Wait?
- Prayerfully Psalm 25:4-5
- With strength and courage Psalm 27:14, 31:24
- Rejoicing and trusting in His holy name Psalm 33:21
- Based on the fear of the Lord and His unfailing love Psalm 33:18,22
- With hope Psalm 33:20, 39:7
- Patiently Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Habakkuk 3:16, Romans 8:25, Hebrews 6:15
- Obediently Psalm 37:34, 119:166; Isaiah 26:8-9
- Desiring Him Isaiah 26:8-9
- Single-mindedly Psalm 62:5
- Expectantly Psalm 123:2, Micah 7:7
- Believing His Word Psalm 130:5
- Assured He is all we need, He is our portion Lamentations 3:24
- Quietly Lamentations 3:26
- Always Hosea 12:6
- In anticipation of joy John 3:29
- Eagerly Romans 8:19,23