Sometimes God requires me to wait and, frankly, I don’t like it.
However, I know He loves me and wants what’s best for me. In the same way that I sometimes make my daughters wait to receive something they want (e.g. birthday presents), God makes me wait. He knows that a little waiting does me good.
What To Do While You Wait on God
So, what should I be doing while I’m waiting? If waiting is spiritually active (like we established in the last article), then surely there’s a way that I can participate. I think my answer is found in the verse below:
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. Luke 12:31 NLT
My job is to pursue Him. I do this by worshiping Him in various ways such as reading my Bible, serving, fasting, praying, etc.
While I’m waiting, I need to find ways to grow my relationship with Him. I love how this quote puts it:
“The deepest form of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting Him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.” -Rick Warren
In other words, I need to keep the faith that God loves me and is working on my behalf even when I don’t see it or feel it.
Despite the fact that I have to wait, I need to continue to WORSHIP Him with all my heart and strength.
This is the most spiritually active thing I can do.
God Is Faithful Because God Is God
This brings me back to the verse I started with in the last article. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Even when His answer is “not yet”, I can be still and trust that He will answer my prayers because of who He is not because of anything I do or don’t do trying to twist His arm to get Him to do what I want.
I like how John puts it in Help me, Lord, ‘for your name’s sake.’:
Why am I comforted? Because it isn’t about my performance! God is acting out of a commitment to his own name, and we can ask him to act based on that commitment to himself.
I am comforted in knowing that God is faithful because God is God. Jesus said our prayers will be answered (John 14:13). We can bank on that!
Do you struggle with waiting? How do you calm your doubts, fears and impatience?
Leave a comment and let me know so I can benefit too!