Last week we discussed how to change our perspective on waiting by rephrasing our words from, “I’m waiting on God” to “I’m hoping in God.” If you missed that post, you can find it here.
So, let’s be honest. Waiting is not easy. Whether we’re looking for a package in the mail or an answer to prayer, my guess is none of us wake up with a burning desire to wait. Yet, God is showing me how He uses the time we spend waiting on Him to achieve His divine purposes in our lives.
Waiting builds dependency on God.
We may try, but the truth is, we generally hold little power to fix the broken places of our lives. We need the Lord. The longer we wait, the more we discover just how desperate we are for the power, provision and protection of God.
Waiting builds humility.
We are not the champion of our circumstances, but God is. Waiting teaches us to release control and accept a position of prayer. When this happens our hearts become more open to God’s will and submissive to His timing.
Waiting builds faith in God.
The more experiences we have with waiting, the more we get to see God’s faithfulness in our lives. Each experience adds another drop in our bucket of confidence that God will always see us through to victory.
My friend, as easy as it is for me to write these words, the truth is these lessons are not learned overnight. They grow in each of us as a result of our humble submission and trust in the Lord. Yes, waiting is hard, but it also helps us grow in the Lord. If you are in a season of waiting, may I encourage you with these words from Romans 11:33:
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and ways!”
Yes, the Lord is perfect! Let’s worship Him today for His wisdom and ways that are far beyond anything we can comprehend!