Have you ever waited for something?
But our patience is getting less and less. I get agitated when my phone doesn’t have good WiFi or the Starbucks line takes too long. Have you been there?
Our advances in technology and amenities have made things easier, but in some ways, they’ve made it more complex, too.
They’ve made it harder to wait well.
This especially speaks of God’s timing and his plan in our lives. When the answers to our prayers are delayed or when we’re frustrated that what needs to change isn’t budging. When in these moments, how will we wait?
What are you waiting for God to do?
It’s important to remember that God is with us and will complete what he starts.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day Christ Jesus returns.”Philippians 1:6
But while we’re between praying and his answer, we must wait well.
So, here are three ways to wait well.
First, keep praying.
Prayers cause us to reach for God; when we do this, he will always reach back. We mustn’t let the delay stop us from praying and seeking God.
This is a heart posture that we have to cultivate continually because we’re tempted in the waiting to pull back. But God is there through the waiting and through every prayer we pray.
I believe our consistency is doing something against the resistance we’re facing, and the answer is coming.
So please keep going. Choose to wait well and let God be God!
Second, give thanks for what he’s done.
This is huge!
When we remember what he’s done, our faith is stirred for what he’s about to do. In waiting, we often forget the things he’s done and the times he’s brought us through. This is because what we’re waiting for is staring us in the face and consuming us.
This is normal, but when we give thanks for what he’s done, it makes our God big and our issue small. This is where we have peace and faith. This is where we have strength and courage.
Thanking God for what he’s done is a big part of waiting well.
This is something we choose to do. It’s a will of our faith, and good things happen to us when we give thanks.
We’re thankful for what we have and what he’s done. Our perspective is lifted, and our eyes are looking to Jesus.
I encourage you to give thanks for what he’s done as you are waiting well.
Third, worship God.
We worship God for who he is! This is not based on what he’s done but on the reality that he is God. He’s omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He’s the creator of all we see, and his goodness endures forever.
When we worship, we acknowledge who He is, which alone deserves our lives. He’s worthy of our yes, he’s worthy of our sacrifice, and he’s worthy of worship.
Waiting well includes worship. It’s consistently giving him adoration no matter how long it takes for our answer. This helps us transition from a transactional faith to a relational faith. This is where we grow our connection to Jesus and become close to him.
He’s our answer! He’s our truth. He’s our way. He’s our life.
When we worship him as we wait, we will grow in our faith, we will grow in our life change, and we will get to know him authentically.
This is why waiting well is vital because we can grow closer to Jesus and be changed in the process.
This is what matters most, and this is what we all need.
So today, I hope you say yes to waiting well and enjoy the journey because God is with you.
The best is yet to come!