Over time we have created a world that tells us that if it is not quick and convenient, it is not worth the wait. However, throughout scripture we are commanded several times to, “Wait on the Lord.”
But why wait? I am glad you asked.
God knows the importance of waiting and He sees the advantage we have when we wait on Him. Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” With that being said, we must first begin to see that waiting on the Lord is a positive thing and not confuse it with things such as: waiting in traffic or waiting in line behind the extreme coupon person at the grocery store. But again, we must see that waiting on the Lord is a positive thing.
Waiting on the Lord produces patience, submission, and dependence.
Patience? …the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. Patience is an important key for living the Christian life. Patience enables the Christian to endure hardships and inconvenience without complaint. The proverb “patience is a virtue” means that it is a good quality to be able to tolerate something that takes a long time.
Sometimes the promises of God can take a while to manifest in your life. However, patiently waiting on the Lord helps to chase worry away while you wait. Without patience you tend to lose sight of faith and doubt begins to set in. If you are not careful, you will create your own will against God’s will simply because you hate to wait.
Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him that he would be a father. Abraham waited, he trusted that God’s Word would come to pass; however, the lack of patience was present, and he began to lose sight of the promise and lacked faith. Out of his and Sarah, his wife’s own will there was a child born of Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid. This child was not the promised seed of Abraham, but the seed of “why wait?”. This child, Ishmael, grew old and began to cause problems with the promised seed of Abraham, Isaac. “So, what are you saying, Pastor?” I am saying that anything obtained outside of the will of God is considered out of season and will cause conflict and hinder that which is promised. Therefore, WAIT!
Waiting on the Lord reminds us that we are not ultimately in charge!
Waiting on the Lord is also rewarding!
Isaiah 30:18 states, “…Blessed are ALL who wait for Him.”
God bless you,
-Adrian is a life-long Waxahachie native. He is the pastor of Waxahachie Life Church and the owner of Future Generations Christian Child Care Center. He is passionate about the youth in our communities, and believes that investing in them is investing in the future. He and his wife, Marquita are raising 4 handsome boys.