Impatient is a great word to describe what we have become. We live in a world of instant gratification where we are used to getting what we want when we want it. We have so many ways to connect with others instantaneously. We can text, tweet, post a status or message someone on FB or Instagram and we expect an immediate response.
We are not very patient when we have to wait. If someone doesn’t immediately respond to a text or message, we easily become frustrated. Do we feel the same way about the Lord? Do we become frustrated and impatient when we don’t feel like we have heard back from Him on something we are praying about?
J. I. Packer gives a beautiful perspective on this in his book Knowing God. “Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.”
If you are waiting on the Lord, perhaps instead of feeling frustrated or doubting whether or not He heard you, simply wait. He will reveal to you what He needs you to know or what He needs you to do in His time, not yours.
There is much that can happen in the waiting. The Lord may be developing your dependence upon Him and building your faith. He may be putting things in place ahead of what He needs you to do. He may be waiting on someone else to act in obedience. Whatever the reason is, waiting on the Lord is not a waste of time or merely a holding pattern. There is always a purpose for the waiting and we usually don’t recognize what it is until after the fact, if ever.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
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