May 24, 2017

Is God Asking You To Wait?

I’m so grateful to be sharing my space with Barefoot Hippie Girl today! She graciously offered to contribute during this crazy-busy time for me. And I love what she offers here: wise advice from God’s Word about waiting on God. It also happens to corresponds with the post on her own blog today {here}. So read away — and please be sure to leave some comment-love for her!

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Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)

But those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:9)

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

Who likes to wait?

Not I, said the fly.

I think our society is programmed to not wait. With everything from instant coffee to instant messaging, we want it (whatever it may be) and we want it now.

Have you ever considered that waiting patiently indicates maturity?

Think about it…my approaching 2 year old is not a fan of waiting. She is learning how to wait. She doesn’t do it very patiently. But, we are seeing progress. She is learning that she isn’t always going to get what she wants right away. She has to wait.

An adult who can’t wait patiently is not generally applauded as a mature person.

This waiting patiently principle translates over to our spiritual lives also. Patient waiting on God is a sign of spiritual maturity. Why wouldn’t it be? Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22, 23)

God calls us to certain tasks, but says, “wait.” He has promised us so many things in the Scriptures. But, often He says, “wait.”

And we second guess ourselves. We wonder if maybe we misunderstood our call. Maybe that promise isn’t for us.

But all God is saying is, “wait.”

“Wait on me.”

A classic Bible story illustrating this principle is the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

Oh, way back before Isaac was even born, God promised Abraham that His covenant would be with Isaac, and his (Isaac’s) descendants, forever.

Isaac is born, gets married at 40, and has a baby…Not really. 20 years pass. 20 years of waiting. Genesis 25 says that Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, Rebekah, because she was barren. The Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah conceived.

After 20 years. After prayer.

But, the promise was definite. He knew he was going to have kids. He had faith in the Promiser-that He would make good on the promise. Isaac just didn’t know the timing.

We need to leave the promise to the Promiser and in His timing He will move. (pretty good, huh! Classic Danette Dillion quote.)

Hmmm…this is where I am at right now. Mr. Hippie and I feel called to a ministry. Yet, some roadblocks keep getting put up. Mostly people standing in the way. (A classic Pride and Prejudice quote, “what are men to mountains?” Or God, for that matter.)

So, do we doubt the call? Do we give up?

Or do we trust? Trust that in God’s time, He will make it come to pass. I only need to wait patiently. Probably pray about it-like Isaac did. And then just wait. Patiently. Shucks. =)

 

Is there something God has promised you? Is He asking you to wait? Are you being patient?

 

 

Bernadette is the Barefoot Hippie Girl. More barefoot-ish than Hippie-ish. But, if the shoe fits, or not–as the case may be, wear it.

You can find her over at Barefoot Hippie Girl, where she writes on faith, cooking, fitness, and anything else that might cross her mind.

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Comments

  1. Thanks, Elizabeth, for letting me share my heart.=)

  2. I loved this post. God has asked me to wait for something and I haven’t been patient at all. I’ve been upset, actually. Last week I decided that I would hand this issue over to Him, instead of acting like a spoiled brat about it, and lo and behold, this morning my answer came. Sometimes, the test is to see how willing we are to relinquish it, and then when we put it in its proper perspective, and de-throne it from our heart, and allow God to be God, He can work with us. 🙂