We’ve all had to wait for something. Whether it be waiting for a bus, for a movie to start, or for dinner to be ready, waiting can be hard. We live in a world where instant gratification has become more common and easily accessible than ever. Post a picture on Instagram and within minutes we can have 20 likes. We can buy digital books on our phones and access them immediately. We can take a picture and upload it to our computer in seconds, no need to wait for the film to develop. So, it makes sense that we’d have a hard time with patience.
The times have changed and so have we, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God loves to provide for us and though He does not tarry, sometimes we have to wait. Why? Well, timing is everything. The right thing at the wrong time can be a disaster. If God allowed us to get married before we dealt with our destructive relationship habits, it would end in disaster. If God gave us a promotion before we were ready, we could mess up so badly we’d end up without a job at all.
The truth is there are many reasons we may have to wait and they may not always be clear to us. We have to trust that God’s ways is higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. God does what is good. So if He has us waiting, it has to be good.
What to Do?
First, we rejoice. We rejoice because our patience is being tried and because we are developing endurance.
For endurance develops character and character develops hope, a hope that will not lead to disappointment. Romans 5:3-5 NLT
We can rejoice because we’re being matured and being matured allows God to entrust us with more. More of what? Most likely, more of all those things you’ve been praying for and surely, the very thing you are waiting for.
Secondly, we produce. Waiting is not the time to be idle. We should be producing fruit. We should be working the blessings we already have. I know you’ve been waiting to get married, but is there someone else you can pour your love into, like friends and family? Maybe now you have the time to work towards that promotion at work or start that business you’ve always dreamed of building. You’ve been waiting on that dream job, but could you devote more time to serving at church or into your relationships? The truth is time doesn’t stop while we wait and neither should our lives.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT