How often do we find ourselves in situations where we have to wait? Behind the person ordering their Starbucks coffee and they can’t figure out if they want a Venti skinny decaf latte or a Tall almond milk light sugar macchiato. For the train which always has a “passenger needing medical assistance” delay. For that promotion you knew was yours. For the doctor to call you with the medical results. For Seamless to deliver your order. For your Uber to come when your app said your driver was 2 minutes away. The wait.
We have become a generation that needs and wants everything quick-fast-in-a-hurry. We don’t want to wait for anything. How many times have you taken your food out of the microwave and it was still cold, in the middle, because you didn’t want to wait? Don’t treat your life the same way.
We jump on social media and see these overnight success stories and imagine we must be behind in life. We look at everyone else’s life and say: “I must be doing something wrong”, “God must have forgotten about me”. The wait.
We struggle because what we’re seeing is not lining up with the vision we had for our lives. We struggle because the thing that God promised us, 5 years ago, has yet to come to pass. We struggle because, let’s face it; WE are sick and tired of waiting. I get it, I understand, and I identify with you.
So how do we gain the faith to wait? How do we learn to trust God when things that we see don’t make sense? How do we learn to trust the process?
The one thing that helps me in this season of waiting is to: remember the promise. If you are anything like me, God has promised you some things. Two days ago I had to go back to God’s first promise, to me, and remind Him of that very thing. “God, you said You would bless my coming in and going out, you would make me the lender and not the borrower, and you would make everything I touch prosper; you promised”, I reminded God. Although this was a way for me to remind God of His promises to me, it was also a way for me to remind myself of what He promised.
God is not a liar nor is He slow to keep His promises to us as we would consider slow (don’t just take it from me, that’s scripture – 2 Peter 3:9). Do you know what I realized about the wait? God’s not constrained by time and He definitely isn’t obligated to give us what we want at our desired time. We are not waiting on Him to figure out if He wants to give us what is promised. He knows what we need and when. He’s often taking His time so we can really grab hold of what He has for us and sustain it with joy!
Awhile ago, I had a conversation with someone who obtained all these amazing things. From the outside looking in, I thought they were happy and successful. The truth was, they were hurting and depressed. It was at that moment it hit me: It’s possible to get the blessing but still be unfulfilled.
We have to ask ourselves: Is it the blessing that we want from God or is there some underlying void in us that needs to be filled? Obtaining things will never bring you peace or joy.The promise is not as important as the process. Click To Tweet
So, how else do we obtain the faith to wait on God? Know whom you are waiting on! Do you know God the way you think you know God? Do you know God according to other’s explanation of Him on social media, what your pastor said about Him or do you know God for yourself? If we knew the God of The Bible, here are a few things we would know about His promises to us and our season of waiting:
- Jeremiah 29:11 – God thinks great things about us. His plans are not to punish us but to give us HOPE and a FUTURE
- Romans 8:28 – God is working all things out for our good. He is sovereign and His plan for our lives is perfect. He is not allowing us to experience this wait in vain; it’s for our good if we trust and love HIM.
- 2 Peter 3:9 – I said it before but I must repeat this scripture: God is not lagging on keeping His promise to us.
- Ecclesiastes 8:6 – There is a set time for everything. Trust the timing of your life
- Acts 1:9 – It’s not your job to know God’s timing of things.
The promise is not as important as the process. Although I am struggling during this waiting season, who I am becoming in the process is more valuable than any promise God has for me. When God does line up my life with His vision; I will be able to sustain everything He has for me. The same goes for you!
Faith to wait is trusting that the God who promised is faithful, able, and sovereign to accomplish all that He put in your heart!