Waiting in our “daily”
Today we are going to be talking about waiting. We will look at some examples of things we wait for, some reasons why God allows us to wait at times, and a story in the Bible that demonstrates the most important message about waiting.
The average person on a daily basis spends approximately 2-3 hrs of waiting in a day. Now this is very approximate because our daily routines are all very different. But, we all do spend time everyday waiting for something.
Some examples of things we wait for everyday are:
-waiting for our food to cook or warm up
-waiting for our coffee to brew
-waiting for our phones and computers to load
-waiting for someone to get back to us
Now with most of these things we typically wait for on a daily basis, they end up turning out ok. We finally get to eat that delicious meal, the coffee finally brews, our computers load, etc.
The truth is that even in these moments of waiting in our daily lives, most of us don't like to wait because it can generally make us feel frustrated, confused, impatient, and unsure.
But what do we do with those feelings?
This is a very important question we need to ask ourselves especially during times of waiting on the Lord.
Purpose in Waiting
Have you ever waited on God for something? Maybe right now you are in a season of waiting.
Be encouraged today because God does often allow us to wait on Him because there is purpose in the waiting.
Let's look at 4 reasons today why God allows us to wait at times:
1- Waiting allows for God's perfect timing and will to be done.
2 Peter 3:8
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."
God is not limited by our time and schedules. He has all of the resources for every possible thing and we need to trust in His perfect timing in our lives.
Abraham in the Bible was waiting for a son. God had made a promise to him (Genesis 15:5) and he had to wait. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5). Isaac was the promise child that Abraham had to wait for. This was God’s perfect timing and will that was brought forth, as promised.
2- Waiting builds patience in our lives.
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
We've heard the saying, if we ask God for patience, He will allow us to be in situations that give us the opportunity to be patient. Waiting is one of those things that definitely allows us to build our patience.
3- Waiting transforms our character.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
While waiting is often out of our control, we can choose to have a positive outlook and attitude in seasons of waiting. This process is important because it reveals what's inside of our hearts. It's certainly not easy to wait, but it can truly be transforming for us if we allow it to.
4- Waiting brings us closer to God and allows us to fully depend on Him.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine."
When we are waiting on God for something, sometimes His answer is:
And sometimes its:
I have something better in mind for you. Just wait a little bit longer.
What are you waiting on God for today?
I want to encourage you today that God's got your back, He's got this. He's going to work it out. Not only that, but He's going to do beyond what you can imagine. That’s His Word.
We need to wait well. We need to worship while we wait. We need to remain thankful while we wait. We need to remain faithful in prayer while we wait. These are very important and key.
The Father is Waiting
We've been looking at different examples of waiting and why God sometimes allows us to wait in situations. There is a well-known story in the Bible that demonstrates the most important message about waiting: The Prodigal Son
Most of us know that story well and what a wonderful demonstration of the compassion and love a father has for his son.
This story is an amazing demonstration of God's love for us and as much as we are all waiting for something, in the middle of it all, God our Father is waiting for us. He is waiting to hear from us, for us to spend time with Him. For us to share His love with others.
The Father is waiting today...
The Father’s will is that none would perish, but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). People out there need to hear about Jesus and He can use simple people like you and me, if we are willing and obedient.
Would you partner with us in prayer for those who have yet to hear about Jesus?
The mission of advancing the gospel is the great work of the church, and prayer is the fuel that powers it.
Would you pray for our missionaries as they wait on the Lord to return to their fields?
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
God bless you as you wait patiently on the Lord.