Last week I “retweeted” a quote that was helpful to my soul. The author of the quote stated, “Waiting is not wasting when we are waiting on the Lord. God works while we wait.” Psalm 27:14 was then posted, which says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” This reminded me of a helpful blog post by Ted Tripp, who gives five reasons why God often calls us to wait. Here are the five reasons in summary form.
1. Because we live in a fallen world- We are called to wait because the broken condition of the world makes everything we do harder.
2. Because God is sovereign- Our individual stories and the stories of our churches are part of the great origin-to-destiny story that he alone authors. Waiting becomes immediately easier when you realize God is sovereign (and you are not) and when you further reflect on the reality that he is the ultimate source of everything that is wise, loving, and good.
3. Because God is a God of grace- In calling us to wait, God is freeing us from the claustrophobic confines of our own little kingdoms of one and drawing us into a greater allegiance to his kingdom of glory and grace. Waiting is more than being patient as situations and other people change. Waiting is about understanding that you and I desperately need to change, and that waiting is a powerful tool of personal change.
4. So we can minister to others- Waiting is central to any ministry activity. If you are truly committed to being part of what God is doing in the lives of others, you will be willing to wait. Personal heart and life change is seldom a sudden event. Usually it is a process.
5. For the increase of God’s glory- Waiting means surrendering your glory. Waiting means submitting to his glory. Waiting means understanding that you were given life and breath for the glory of another. Waiting gives you opportunity to forsake the delusion of your own glory and rest in the God of awesome glory.
You can read the whole thing here.
I have missed out on some amazing blessings of God because I have not chosen to wait on Him, and instead rush into various circumstances. This goes against the grain of our rushed, instantaneous culture, but may we learn to understand the balance of working for God while waiting on God.