Without question one of the hardest things for most people anymore is waiting. Whether it’s in a grocery line, at a signal, or waiting for that elusive “check in the mail” we just don’t like to wait. It doesn’t help that we have fast paced lifestyles in a very fast paced world. Fast food, fast lane, fast internet it’s all about maximum speed and efficiency so we don’t have to wait.
The truth is we are so used to everything moving at neck-breaking speed, that we can have a hard time adjusting to the slower ways that God works things out in life. If you haven’t noticed God isn’t in a hurry. Spiritually speaking, we learn some of life’s greatest lessons through delayed gratification. The Lord promises to reward those who submit to His timing. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
There are a lot of things I’d like to see happen more sooner than later, things that I’ve been praying about for years. I often wonder, “when will God intervene?” I think about the prodigals and unbelievers out there. The way I see it we need revival now. Why is it God seems so slow? As always the answer is found in the Bible; “the Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness” (2Pet.3:9). God is not on our time schedule and he is always on time. At times we must simply trust him and wait.
The things we can’t make happen are best left at the feet of the Lord. Trying to manipulate circumstances drains our energy. Actively waiting on God is energizing. When we allow Him to strengthen us for the tasks we’re called to do, we can experience supernatural energy. In the end, we’ll never be embarrassed if we choose to wait on God. It’s always the wise thing to do. When others encourage us to forge ahead, we need to remember the Lord’s plans and timing are always best.
As we start this New Year on our knees waiting upon the Lord with prayer and fasting we will find strength to finish strong.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”. (Isa.40:31)