We all go through waiting times that can be very difficult. Perhaps we’re waiting for a doctor’s report about our condition or responses to job applications. I remember when my son, Joshua, was waiting to hear back on his college applications. The longer the wait, the more questions, the more uncertainty, and the more weariness. All of his friends were going through the same process, which compounded the difficulty.
We need to know that God is not making us wait to make it hard on us. He’s causing us to develop our character. Patience is an inner strength that we all need to learn. Patience is what brings forth God’s promises. The writer of Hebrews says, “For you need, so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised”. We need to develop our patience, knowing that at the right time, God is going to get us to where we need to be as well as give us what we need.
But God doesn’t say that we should sit around passively. He says we should be actively waiting for and pursuing Him, and preparing ourselves for what is coming. That’s what I call “waiting well”. The scripture says, “See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains” – James 5 verse 7. The farmer waits with great expectation, looking for the rain, watching for sprouts, believing for a harvest, even when he doesn’t see anything happening. He knows it’s just a matter of time and the soil will yield a harvest if he patiently endures the wait.
If we’re going to bring forth the promises of God in our lives, we have to develop the patience that waits with great expectations. When it’s taking longer than we thought, we can’t grow weary and lose our enthusiasm. The prophet Habakkuk said, “God, You told me to write this vision down. You told me to hold it close, but it’s taking a long time. What am I to do”? God replied, “I said it was for an appointed time. Though it lingers, wait for it. It will certainly come and not delay”.
What are you waiting for? Be patient, and get prepared. God is more interested in what is being developed in you while you wait than what you’re waiting for. Enjoy where you are right now. The appointed time will surely come. Wait well, knowing that through patient endurance you will bring forth every promise God has given you!