Are you a good waiter? Not the restaurant type. But the kind that patiently goes with the flow, when things aren’t flowing quickly enough. I remember being pregnant with my first child, and thinking will she ever get here?! I had a baby inside me and I wanted to hold her…now! Nine months seemed like an eternity. Around that time, I found out that an elephant’s gestational time is 22-months. That’s almost two years! Now that’s a long wait.
I think we can all agree that waiting is no fun. But waiting is obviously a part of human existence we cannot get away from. I like to think of it as a tool used to shape us into better people, so much so, God seems to use that particular tool quite a bit. I’ve learned in life, anything good takes time. It’s never a smooth, quick process.
Let’s narrow the focus to waiting on God. I touched a little bit on this subject in a previous post. But lately, this subject has been on the forefront of my mind. I’ve been reading a book about the subject by Andrew Murray, Waiting on God. In one chapter Andrew suggests looking at nature to understand how God works. Every living thing is maintained by God Himself. The birds, fish, young lions, all wait upon God and are taken care of in due season. We are no different. We are God’s creation and must also wait upon Him for every need. We only need to wait for Him. Andrew says, “God only asks of us to yield, to consent, to wait upon Him, and He will do it all.”
I love the fact, “He will do it all.” I would underline “all” 100 times if I could. Oh how we underestimate God’s ability to do so many things in our lives or the lives of those we love. If we were completely honest, we don’t think He will act. Whether it’s because we think He doesn’t care, or the situation seems so far gone that nothing can help. We simply don’t believe, so what do we do? We begin to act in God’s place. We pray, God move this mountain, and the mountain stays put, so we pray again, God please move this mountain, and we see nothing change. If God doesn’t answer our prayers quickly enough, we take matters into our own hands. We try to move the mountain on our own. Imagine someone mustering up all their strength and attempting to push a literal mountain out of the way. This imagery is silly and unrealistic. It could never happen successfully. But this is what we do when we tackle issues that only God has the power to handle. The Psalmist said, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;” (Psalm 37:7).
L.B. Cowman, in her devotional, Streams in the Desert, writes, “In times of uncertainty-wait. If you have any doubt-wait, never forcing yourself into action. If you sense any restraint in your spirit, do not go against it-wait until the way is clear.” I can’t tell you the many times I’ve done this-acted hastily because I felt if I didn’t do something nothing would happen. Each time I’ve had to learn a difficult lesson.
If God is having you wait, then wait. Don’t be eager to do something He has not willed. And when you feel that need to get up and try pushing against that mountain, remember that imagery, and give it over to God again. You will not be disappointed (Isaiah 49:23).
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