There I said it and it felt pretty good.
Do you ever get tired of waiting on God? Do you pray and pray and nothing happens?
You are not alone.
My Struggles with Waiting
I’m really not very good at waiting. In Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God.” But I’m really not the “be still” kind of person.
I’d rather be in control. If you read The Ditches Along the Road to Life, then you recognize this as Ditch #1.
I wish God would just do what I want Him to do. NOW!
I want Him to give me what I want (guide me, make me happy, heal me, open doors for me, bless me and comfort me) without delay.
When He doesn’t, I whine and feel sorry for myself (Ditch #2).
It is pathetic I know. I mean God is not my genie in a bottle, right?
Therefore, I’ve been trying to learn to do better. I’ve been listening to God’s voice on how to wait. So, I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been hearing just in case some of you struggle with this like I do.
What I’ve Heard from God About Waiting
One of the main things I’ve heard lately is that God’s ways are so much higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:9). He has a very different perspective. He sees ALL things. I just see a little and I don’t even see that very clearly.
God uses these periods of waiting to shape me much like a sculptor chisels his masterpiece.
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope… Romans 5:3-4 ESV
Knowing that God uses this little bit of suffering that I go through to chip away my rough edges helps me. As I wait on him, my endurance produces character. It changes me to be more like what He wants me to be. I can have more patience when I know there is a purpose behind the waiting.
Joyce Meyer says it this way:
As we wait upon Him, we become more and more like Him. Waiting is not passive; it is very active spiritually. “Never Give Up” Page 118
So, while it often feels to me like nothing is happening, that’s simply not true.
God is at work in me.
In my next article, I’ll talk about what you can do while you are waiting on God.
Do you struggle with waiting to hear from God? In the comments, tell me how this has played out in your life.