“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
You’ve probably heard once or twice that good things come to those who wait, and it’s true. I see they may have updated the phrase to good things come to those who hustle, and there’s some truth to that as well. The Lord says that a person isn’t justified by works but by faith in Christ (Gal. 2:15), at the same time, faith without works is dead (James 2:26). So, with these two in mind, where should we find ourselves? Somewhere in the middle called, “the waiting area.” When we think about the word wait, we think about the word waste as in “this is a waste of time and I might as well do it myself.” I’ve been there but I urge you not to go there. We need to think of the word wait as in the waiting room. We need to think of the word wait as in “let me fill out this paperwork and be still until it’s time for my name to be called to the back.” I swear, sometimes, we get onto children for imitating our very behaviors. They get antsy and so do we, they want to do things that are beyond them and so do we. If you learn nothing else on earth, learn that you will forever be God’s child: antsy and a little too grown up. We just don’t fully understand yet but one day we will.
In a post titled “The Art of Waiting: Turning Waiting into A Meaningful Experience” by Sam Dyer, he exposes the truth about waiting. He explains these four points of waiting:
- Waiting is shaped by the system it’s part of
- Waiting is to help streamline a service
- Waiting is about communication
- Waiting can be a time to connect
How can we translate this author’s definition into the spiritual definition of waiting? Okay, well, waiting is apart of God’s Divine System. His will always requires a wait. One of the fruits of the Spirit (which is evidence that God is in you) is patience. Now, why would He give us something that we didn’t need to use? He wouldn’t. The manufacturer never adds devices to an invention that aren’t needed. Therefore, by giving us this gift, He knew that patience is something that we would need because of the wait to come. We have to become familiar with His system by renewing our minds to His thoughts and understand that sometimes He just doesn’t work the way WE want Him to. We’re used to the first-in-first out system of waiting but God’s system says that the first will be last. Just because you’ve been saved longer than the girl who just got saved last week in bible study doesn’t mean you’re entitled to the same immediate answered prayer that she received. That’s now how this works. There’s no seniority or favoritism with God; learn His system of waiting.
Understand that waiting is about what God is offering to you and not necessarily what you are offering to Him. Okay, so, maybe you’ve been patiently waiting all this time but your heart is still in the wrong place. Maybe you’re waiting patiently for God but you’ve grumbled and moaned everyday since His promise to you. Let me let you in on a secret: you haven’t mastered the art of waiting patiently. That’s okay! That’s what God’s for: to help us master the gifts inside of us so we can operate in them properly. We need to understand God’s streamline service. Think of God like waiting in line at Chick-fil-A (’cause we all know that’s an anointed fast food place). So, it’s the lunch hour and you have a long line of other customers ahead of you. While you wait, you have plenty of time to look over the menu and think about what you really want. Look over God’s menu. God is giving you time to think things over and discover what you truly desire. He says that if you trust in Him with all your heart and commit your ways to Him, He will fulfill the desires of your heart. But, what are your true desires? Only God knows. So think of waiting as God giving you time to decide what you’re hungry for. Are you craving things from His menu or are you still craving things of the world? You have time during your wait to decide what it is that you’re truly desiring so that God can fill the need.
Think of waiting like God’s postal system to you. He says that whatever we ask for in prayer, we can believe that we’ve received it, and it WILL be ours. Just like when you order something on Amazon, from the moment you submit the order, you can believe it’s on the way. The U.S. postal service even has a tracking system that shows you where your order is in the delivery process. God will communicate with you in your time of waiting. He might not necessarily give you a step-by-step, detail-by-detail, explanation of what He’s doing with your answered prayer but He will always remind you, “it’s on the way.” If you don’t believe me, look for yourself. Find a scripture where He tells you to give up, find a scripture where He tells you to lose hope, or find a scripture where He tells you quit. I’LL WAIT. Unless you’re requesting something outside of the will of God (and only you and God would know what that is), then you can count on it. You can count on God to deliver. In this season of waiting, you need to rely on constant communication with Him.
Lastly, waiting is an opportunity for us to connect deeper with God. Sam Dyer stated, “Without trust it can be challenging to build a relationship with customers.” If we don’t trust God, it’s going to be challenging to build a relationship with Him. If we don’t trust Him, even in the smallest area of our lives, then we can’t trust Him in any part. Think about it: if we can’t trust that He’s going to pay our bills on time, then how in the heck are we going to trust Him with eternal salvation? The lives of humanity are at stake if there’s no trust in who God is and what He says He can do. Therefore, in this season of waiting, go deeper with Him. Learn about Him more and discover if He’s someone you can trust. If God isn’t trustworthy then I urge you to walk away, quickly. But if He’s indeed faithful, even in the smallest things, then I can assure you that you can trust Him with much greater. If He’s faithful in keeping our planet in orbit and our lungs filled with oxygen and food in our bellies, then how much more can we trust Him with? Taste and see that He is good. Come to understand who He is. Learn His system, learn that it works, and learn that He works for you.
“If there is one thing that waiting can be, it is intentional. It’s an opportunity there for waiting.” — Sam Dyer